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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although it's mostly too over-the-top as a martial arts fantasy to have much in the way of positive messages, the transformative powers of love are shown through discussion and action as the movie progresses.
Positive Role Models
Xu Xian will do anything to rescue his wife, even after he has learned the truth about her.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent martial arts-style violence. Characters fight with swords and knives. Characters do battle with ferocious-looking demons, including a nightmarish bat-demon that sends thousands of bats to do battle with a man. A demon is shown being stabbed in the neck. A man who knows he's on the verge of turning into a demon is shown trying to hang himself with a rope.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Early in the movie, two snake-women -- with human bodies above the waist and snake bodies below the waist -- are shown caressing each other and holding each other close. There also are kissing scenes between a man and a woman.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sorcerer and the White Snake is a 2011 Chinese film about an herbalist who falls in love with a woman whom he does not realize is actually a 1,000-year-old snake-demon and tries to save her as a master Buddhist monk tries to send her back to the demon world, thus righting the balance of the universe. There is frequent martial arts-style violence throughout the film -- characters do battle with swords and knives, and, in one instance, send thousands of bats at a character -- but what is most troubling for younger or more sensitive viewers is the nightmarish imagery throughout the film. Demon images -- bat-demons and snake-demons, for instance -- frequently appear, and in one scene the monk does battle in a hellish landscape of lakes of fire and spewing lava. Also, early in the film, two beautiful snake-women are shown very close to one another, holding one another in a provocative manner. This is an excellent film that is best for teens and older. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE is a beautifully shot martial arts fantasy movie with vibrant colors and nonstop action. The special effects are breathtaking, and so are the fight sequences. Although some aspects of the story might be lost on American audiences, the final result is a wholly unique and imaginative tale that is as unforgettable as it is dazzling.
Although it's thoroughly entertaining, the nightmarish images of evil demons and hellish landscapes make this one to avoid for younger or sensitive kids. However, for teens and older -- especially those who are fans of fantasy and martial arts movies -- The Sorcerer and the White Snake should emerge as one of the better movies of the genres due to its lavish production, romantic story line, and innovative action sequences.
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