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Friday, 22 April 2022

Movie: Green Snake


Green Snake Hong Kong Movie
Title: Green Snake
Chinese Title: 青蛇 / Qing She
Release Date: November 4, 1993
Genre: Fantasy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Tsui Hark
Screenwriter: Lilian Lee, Tsui Hark
Origin: Hong Kong
Source: Adapted from the novel Green Snake by Lilian Lee
Costume Design: William Chang Suk-ping, Wu Baoling

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

It tells the story of the green snake and the white snake who come from a bamboo forest at the foot of Qingcheng Mountain. They are like sisters who have cultivated together for five hundred years until they come to have emotional entanglements with the same man.

The Southern Song Dynasty was a time period where humans and monsters were indistinguishable. Fahai (Vincent Zhao) is a monk who has been hunting down monsters everywhere and his actions have disturbed the white snake and green snake - two snakes who are cultivating at the bottom of the West Lake. Qing (Maggie Cheung) was once rescued by Bai (Joey Wong) and the two address each other as sisters.

Tempted to live among the people, Bai even marries Xu Xian (Wu Hsing-kuo), an honest and upright scholar. Qing also falls in love with Xu Xian and often resorts to seducing him. Bai opens up a pharmacy, thinking that she can live a stable life from thenon, but Xu Xian finally couldn't resist Qing's relentless teasing and even discovers the true identities of Qing and Bai. Although Xu Xian remains reluctant to leave his home. Fa Hai who has learned of the whereabouts of the green and white snake takes Xu Xian away. In order to save Xu Xian, the two womem must face off with Fa Hai...



Fun Facts

  • Tsui Hark intended to cast Anita Mui and Gong Li but it did not push through due to scheduling conflicts.
  • The studio hired a dance teacher to teach the leads Indian snake dance so they can furthe immerse in their roles.
  • Before filming began, Tsui Hark who was still revising the script called Joey Wong who was on vacation in the United States to discuss whether she could play the role and she immediately agreed.


Cast
Green Snake Maggie Cheung Man-yuk Maggie Cheung Man-yuk as Xiao Qing
Green Snake Joey Wong Joey Wong as Bai Suzhen
Green Snake Vincent Zhao Wenzhuo Vincent Zhao Wenzhuo as Fa Hai
Green Snake Wu Hsing-kuo Wu Hsing-kuo as Xu Xian

Supporting Cast
  • Ma Jingwu as Mang Dao Shi Quan Zhen Zi
  • Tian Feng as Zhi Zhujing
  • Lau Shun as Jin Shan Si Mu Yu Lao Seng
  • Lu Jiajun as Qin Song (student who writes love poem)
  • Chen Dongmei as Qing Lou Dao Jiu Shi Nu

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Green Snake Hong Kong Movie

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