The Sorcerer and the White Snake (aka It’s Love or Madame White Snake)
In The Sorcerer and the White Snake, Chin Siu-tung brings the Chinese folklore, The Legend of the White Snake, to life in this 2011 romantic fantasy action adventure which stars an ensemble cast of Asian stars Jet Li, Eva Huang, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi and Wen Zhang.
The plot wraps itself around the love story between a young herbalist and scholar, Xu Xian, and the love of his life, the White Snake demon that takes human form. Raymond Lam takes the role of Xu Xian and makes a convincingly love smitten young man who would do anything for his love, played by the beautiful Eva Huang.
This time she gets to speak volumes as a thousand year old serpent demon who falls in love with Xu Xian and sets off from the safety of her mountain home to pursue him.
Unfortunately by doing so she intervenes with the laws of nature which draws the attention of the Abbot Fahai who is believes that all demons are evil and tries to destroy her.
Fahai is played by international kung fu superstar Jet Li plays the mean ass kicking monk intent on sending the serpent back to her domain.
The other roles are played by Charlene Choi who glides seamlessly into the form of the Green Snake demon and Wen Zhang as the Abbot’s disciple Neng Ren.
This story is almost like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet where the lovers are feted for doom due to their different background.
There are also some deviations from the folklore for example the Abbot in the legends is a sorcerer and Xu Xian goes to the demon realm instead of the White Serpent coming to live in the human realm. However, all the elements of making this a great film are present, drama, action, adventure, mystery and love. The only unfortunate thing is probably the graphics.
If you are expecting graphic like in the Lord of the Rings trilogy or other big budget films then you will be disappointed.
The graphic is almost computer game like and is not very realistic. However, immerse yourself in the story and you will most definitely love this film.