I’ve made no secret about the fact that I have a love of Asians defying the laws of physics while kicking butt and then talking about it afterwards without moving their lips. No, I’m not talking about Darryn’s new idea to start a Chinese Ballet Ventriloquist Fight Club, I’m talking about that sweet Kung Fu.
And now one of the most fantastic Kung Fu practitioners of our time, Jet Li, is going to get a bit fantastical himself, ditching his normal collection of human punching bags to face off against demons, witches and a couple of weirdly erotic snake-ladies in The Sorcerer and the White Snake
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.
Now I’m pretty sure that those of you who share my passion for Asian facepunching movies are probably now going “But wait a minute, isn’t this a really movie? Are you guys at TheMovies smoking your socks again?” Sock smoking aside, yes, this film actually came out back in September of 2011 already. In fact, I even have the DVD. But the thing is that its never received an official international release until now.
The film is based on the popular Chinese White Snake fable, and while the fairytale romance angle is a bit corny, it has incredible widescreen action sequences presented with the most amazingly lavish visuals, so I highly recommend you give it a go. Especially so that you can then also end up pondering like I did, about whether snake ladies actually have vaginas.
Magnet will now be releasing the epic on VOD and iTunes on 3 January 2013 and it will receive a limited international theatrical release on 8 February 2013.
Last Updated: December 10, 2012