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also known as Ching Se

Green Snake1993

  • 3.9
Demons have never looked better than in this delirious fantasy film directed by Tsui Hark. The story of two snake demons (Maggie Cheung and Joey Wang) and their love/hate relationships with mortal men is a dazzling visual feast, filled with stunning plateaus, vivid costumes and sets and unforgettable images.

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"...a timeless and visually arresting story of love, loss, and airborne bald guys." - Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle


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Hark Tsui drags us along a slightly vivacious Fantasy. The characters arrive amidst a catastrophe, guiding us on a playfully erotic journey, based mischievously on a Chinese Folk tale. Take into consideration an overzealous Monk, and two twin phantasmagorian muses -Xiao Qing the Green Snake, and Bai Suzhen the White Snake -who had been training for centuries to take on human form, embracing a realized mortal realm. If you've been slain by films like HAUSU or SWEET MOVIE, then GREEN SNAKE should be next on your list. A surreal and not to be missed adaptation of Lilian Lee's novel (by the same title).

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Hark Tsui drags us along a slightly vivacious Fantasy. The characters arrive amidst a catastrophe, guiding us on a playfully erotic journey, based mischievously on a Chinese Folk tale. Take into consideration an overzealous Monk, and two twin phantasmagorian muses -Xiao Qing the Green Snake, and Bai Suzhen the White Snake -who had been training for centuries to take on human form, embracing a realized mortal realm. If you've been slain by films like HAUSU or SWEET MOVIE, then GREEN SNAKE should be next on your list. A surreal and not to be missed adaptation of Lilian Lee's novel (by the same title).

1 member likes this review
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This movie mesmerizes with an otherworldly, fairy tale beauty that’s some of the most dazzling eye candy that I’ve ever seen. Many scenes have a meticulously designed color theme, often enhanced with dream-like gradient filters.

The special effects are not realistic, but are instead evocative and set a tone, like the costume in a Dragon Dance. These are edited very quickly to camouflage the artifice. This works wonderfully alongside the fantastic subject material and it’s really quite amazing how effective some of the simple effects are considering the grand scale of the intended illusion.

Joey Wang as the worldly White Snake and especially Maggie Cheung as the seductress Green Snake are swooningly beautiful and feminine. A playful, polysexual eroticism runs throughout.

I just loved this movie and watched it multiple times. Fantastic! A new favorite movie.

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Fascinating to watch, good acting, lots of rain, flying around, and magic.

The script is written by Lilian Lee, but Hark's trademark trashy direction of this film turns an eloquent old Chinese tale into unpleasant kitsch full of male gaze and simpering posturing rather than empowering female sexuality as it is reputed to be.

1 star for the awful Engrish subtitles.

A tapestry of colour from start to finish with a ending thought, can love and right truly be defined with out insight to all.

Quite good colorful fantasy. I've loved Maggie Cheung ever since I first saw her in "Days of Being Wild", one of my favorite films.

love it that a movie

I couldn't finish the film, it bored me..It seemed so forced without suprises..

I love the movie.

I liked it. There was some cool interesting old school effect trickery and the story was engaging.

Good movie. Kind of old though.