The Sorcerer and the White Snake 白蛇傳說之法海 (2011) – Hong Kong

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Since 2001, I have not missed a single Jet Li film in the cinemas. His latest is a spin-off/remake of the HK’s 90s classic Green Snake. It is one of those films where you need to suspend your beliefs and just enjoy the cheesiness of the CGI created imaginary world. Although there will never be a better duo of snakes beauty in Joey Wong and Maggie Cheung, the replacement duo in Eva Huang and Charlene Choi does well. Sadly the biggest acting fraud in the 21st Century comes in the form of TVB’s favourite Raymond Lam. The lad simply cannot act and his attempts at acting are quite frankly awful to say the least. Despite all the cheesiness and mo-lei-tau playback of the early 90s, the film somehow works out. Along with an assured performance from monk-like Jet Li and some creative directing from Ching Siu-tung. The Sorcerer and the White Snake isn’t bad and could have been a lot worse…

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Neo rates it 6.25/10.

Directed by Siu-Tung Ching.
Starring: Jet Li, Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi

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