Genre: Action, fantasy, romance, drama
Language: Chinese – originally Mandarin and dubbed in Cantonese
Running Time: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
Director: Tony Ching Siu Tung
Cast: Jet Li, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi, Eva Huang
“White Snake (Eva Huang), in the incarnation of a beautiful lady, falls in love with a young herbalist Xu Xian (Raymond Lam). With the help of Green Snake (Charlene Choi), she ventured into the human world and got married to Xu Xian. In a twist of event, Fa Hai (Jet Li), a sorcerer from Jin Shan Temple, crosses path with White Snake. A fiery battle is about to begin…” (GSC Movies).
Verdict: Just when I thought Hong Kong films cannot be any worse, The Sorcerer and the White Snake steps in and pushes the bar lower. It has Playstation 2 standard-like CG effects and it’s not even funny how embarrassingly pathetic they look. Since it’s an adaptation of the traditional Chinese legend Madame White Snake, I won’t accuse the movie for being predictable but its script is beyond distasteful. There are also notable influences from The Little Mermaid and The Ghostbusters. To add to all that, the acting performance by leads Eva Huang and Raymond Lam Fung are weak and uncharming as well. Even the cameo appearances by Vivian Hsu, Miriam Yeung, Chapman To, Lam Suet and Law Kar Ying couldn’t make this film a little less unentertaining for me. Oh yeah, and not to mention about the usual annoyingly exaggerating Cantonese dubs.
Please tell Jet Li this: Don’t ever act in a non-martial art film ever again, please. The only reason why I watched the whole movie was because I don’t want to tell people that I walked out on a Jet Li film.
English subtitles: Not every line is interpreted correctly. Some are just totally wrong and it’s not like it wouldn’t be understood if translated accordingly.
To be watched in 3D? Don’t be stupid.
How generous of the CG… to have given Charlene Choi bigger busts in the movie.
Just for laughs: The Chinese name of the sorcerer role played by Jet Li is read as Fa Hai in Mandarin.
Rating: 0 / 5
Second opinions: “Not only that this isn’t the kind of Jet Li movie I was hoping for, it’s also a horrible film” (Josh Chow). “The novel is actually not as bad as this movie; this is just really crappily done” (Tham Ze Xin).