Evidence in The Expendables aside, it looks like Jet Li might be trying to turn the corner into thoughtful middle age in his roles, after an entire career of the old ultra-violence. The Sorcerer and the White Snake has a feeling reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, except with the addition of more enormous snakes with the heads of women.
Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man’s soul.
At first I assumed that the “thousand year old White Snake” was a metaphor for Sean Connery’s penis, and then I watched the trailer and once she asked me for three-fiddy, I realized that she was actually a beast from the paleolithic.
Here’s the trailer:
A lot of individuals on the Internet are saying that the CGI looks lame and cheap, but as another individual on the Internet, I think it looks just fine. I can understand where they’re coming from; the CGI is definitely of a fantastic mold, rather than aiming for strict photorealism. But that reminds me of del Toro’s films, or the various imaginings of Gaiman. It also reminds me of video games, which I do not find to be a detrimental comparison. So as one person on the Internet, let me say that the other people on the Internet are wrong.
The film was released at film festivals in 2011, but is getting a VOD and limited theater release in early 2013.