Some new tills for famous Kung Fu choreographer turned director Tony Ching Siu-tung’s martial arts driven fantasy The Sorcerer and White Snake has been released. The film which stars one of my all time favorites Jet Li, is based on the oral Chinese folktale “Legend of the White Snake”.
Here is the short plot description via wikipedia:
At its most basic, the story tells of a young scholar who falls in love with a beautiful woman, unaware that she is a white snake that has taken on human form. A monk intervenes in order to save the scholar’s soul and casts the white snake into a deep well at the Leifeng Pagoda.
Over the centuries the story has evolved from horror story to romance with the scholar and the white snake-woman genuinely in love with one another, but such a relationship is forbidden by the laws of Heaven. There have also been variations on the telling of the story: like the scholar adopting the white snake as a pet while still a schoolboy; or himself being banished from Heaven and becoming a mere human on Earth.
An additional character is a green snake (or in some cases a carp) that has also transformed into a woman, and serves as the white snake-woman’s soul sister and confidante.
The Sorcerer and White Snake, one of the most anticipated martial arts films in quite a long time, has wrapped up shooting early this year and is scheduled for a theatrical release in 3-D by the end of 2011. Of course that means we here in North American might have to wait until 2012 in hopes of catching it at one of the major film festivals.
via Buzzes Cafe