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Joey Wang (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Vincent Zhao (Actor) | Rosamund Kwan (Actor)
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Green Snake (1993) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (2)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (6)

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Visionary filmmaker Tsui Hark directs Green Snake, a lavish adaptation of an Ancient Chinese tale of immortal creatures seeking humanity. Sister snakes Green (Maggie Cheung) and White (Joey Wang) have managed to attain human form after centuries of practicing sorcery. They seek to understand and be a part of humanity, and desire love and compassion in their new forms. But their entry to the human world upsets the natural order, and is not welcomed by all. Zealous Buddhists attempt to seek out and destroy the snakes, especially Fa Hoi (Chao Wen Cho), a monk conflicted by forbidden earthly desires and his assigned spiritual mandate. Though the Snakes mean no harm to humanity, their presence invites the wrath of Heaven...

Tsui Hark's Green Snake is a brilliantly conceived spectacle of lush art direction and over-the-top emotions. His adaptation of this age-old tale is given an allegorical spin that's both subversive and radical, and undeniably fascinating. Over-the-top action, slow-motion eroticism, an eclectic instrumental score, and lurid cinematography help bring Tsui Hark's creative vision to life. Featuring commanding performances from Maggie Cheung and Joey Wang, Green Snake is a luscious cinematic fantasy that ranks among Tsui Hark's most daring works!

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Product Title: Green Snake (1993) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 青蛇 (1993) (DVD) (香港版) 青蛇 (1993) (DVD) (香港版) 青蛇転生 (青蛇)(香港版)(DVD) Green Snake (1993) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Joey Wang (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Vincent Zhao (Actor) | Rosamund Kwan (Actor) | Liu Shun (Actor) | Ma Jing Wu (Actor) | Wu Xing Guo (Actor) | Tien Feng (Actor) | Lau Kwong (Actor) | Chen Dong Mei (Actor) 王祖賢 (Actor) | 張 曼玉 (Actor) | 趙文卓 (Actor) | 關 芝琳 (Actor) | 劉洵 (Actor) | 馬精武 (Actor) | 吳興國 (Actor) | 田豐 (Actor) | 劉江 (Actor) | 陳冬梅 (Actor) 王祖贤 (Actor) | 张 曼玉 (Actor) | 赵文卓 (Actor) | 关 芝琳 (Actor) | 刘洵 (Actor) | 马精武 (Actor) | 吴兴国 (Actor) | 田丰 (Actor) | 刘江 (Actor) | 陈冬梅 (Actor) 王祖賢 (ジョイ・ウォン)  (Actor) | 張曼玉 (マギー・チャン) (Actor) | 趙文卓 (チウ・マンチェク) (Actor) | ロザムンド・クワン (Actor) | 劉洵(ラウ・ション) (Actor) | Ma Jing Wu (Actor) | 吳興國(ウー・シングオ) (Actor) | 田豊(ティエン・ファン) (Actor) | Lau Kwong (Actor) | Chen Dong Mei (Actor) 왕조현 (Actor) | 장만옥 (Actor) | 조문탁 (Actor) | Rosamund Kwan (Actor) | Liu Shun (Actor) | Ma Jing Wu (Actor) | Wu Xing Guo (Actor) | Tien Feng (Actor) | Lau Kwong (Actor) | Chen Dong Mei (Actor)
Director: Tsui Hark 徐 克 徐 克 徐克(ツイ・ハーク) 서극
Release Date: 2004-03-29
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.77 : 1
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: II
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Mei Ah (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003298553

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﹡Screen Format:16:9
﹡Sound Mix:Dolby Digital 5.1 / Digital dts Surround
﹡DVD Type:DVD-9

Director:Tsui Hark


  Under the camera of Tsui Hark, the Chinese famous legend “Green Snake” has been put under the limelight. Without changing the story itself, Tsui's creativeness makes the movie become a counter-traditional production and brings the audience a refreshing respective for the movie. Maggie Cheung (As Siu Ching, Green Snake) and Joey Wang (As Sou-Ching, White Snake) do a magnificent job in playing the righteous goblins. Added with creative special effects, the movie is really a legend which is worth watching.
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October 25, 2007

Imagination gone wild
Tsui Hark's Green Snake is simultaneously revered and reviled, and honestly, it's not hard to see why. Sublimely beautiful Hong Kong Cinema icons Joey Wong and Maggie Cheung star as a pair of immortal snakes who attempt to circumvent the natural order by attaining human form, thereby pissing off the local Buddhists, including Zhao Wen Zhou (a.k.a. Chiu Man Cheuk, Vincent Zhao, and probably a few other names), who plays Fa Hoi, an exceptionally powerfully monk whose devotion is tested by his own earthly desires. Though the two snakes' human lives don't really cause anyone grief, it's the human foibles - love, anger, lust, jealousy, intolerance - which serve to bring their paradise-on-Earth crashing to a halt. High-flying kung-fu, cheesy special effects, and more than a few overwrought emotions fill Tsui Hark's gorgeous widescreen frame, along with questionably coherent storytelling, imaginative audio and visual design, and themes that manage to resonate on nearly three separate levels. This movie isn't for everyone, but those who dig past its alienating excesses may find themselves delighted and enraptured.

Viewers who maintain that Green Snake is overdone, wannabe art-house crap could cite the film's cheesy romanticism, fake-looking special effects, odd character development, and impenetrable drama that probably does not relate to people living in the present time. The characters in Green Snake behave in a bizarre, hyper-realistic fashion, and the themes are so densely packed that they threaten to alienate. However, the people who maintain that Green Snake is good probably cite its wondrous cinematic appeal. The film is garish but gorgeous-looking, possessing more color and outrageously ornate production in a single frame than in scores of other films. Also, the same themes that confound others can prove amazingly affecting. There's a lot going on here, including veiled political references to 1997, an obvious commentary on fascism, or simply the age-old delight in watching human beings kill each other because of heartbreak or pride. There's a quickly beating human heart beneath Tsui Harks' lumbering fantasy behemoth, and if one overlooks Tsui's extreme choices, it's easy to be seduced by it.

On the audio-visual level, Green Snake is amazing. The music from James Wong and Mark Lui mixes many eastern styles into an epic cacophony, and the film transmits a palpable erotic charge that's missing from most modern Hong Kong Cinema. Many of these things are presented visually, either quickly or subtly, but Tsui Hark isn't the most hands-off filmmaker, and his technique sometimes crosses the line into crass. Then again, this is perhaps one of Tsui's strengths, that he creates cinema with speed, force, grace, and slapstick clumsiness, such that it affects through blunt imposition and wild imagination. Green Snake is a movie that fits firmly into his canon, and while not possessing the sheer entertainment value of Peking Opera Blues, or the visceral force of The Blade, it still has its appeal. Is that appeal zany, fantastic, powerful, melodramatic, or pretentious? Sure - to all of the above. Good or bad, Green Snake is quite a movie, and worthy of a recommendation on that alone.
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Customer Review of "Green Snake (1993) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (6)

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December 11, 2005

1 people found this review helpful

Masterpiece Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A genuinely great film: imaginative, spectacular, humourous and tragic, this will not be like anything you have seen before. Some viewers may dislike the lurid colours but they lend the film a sense of otherworldliness wholly appropriate to the story and to its characters - the Green Snake and the White Snake who have descended to earth and the Buddhist priest struggling with his inner demons. Joey Wang and Maggie Cheung have never, simply never, been more beautiful on the screen. Not only visually does 'Green Snake' excel - the score by James Wong Jim is astonishing, with the introductory song peformed by Winnie Hsin and the later dance piece by Sarah Chen stunning both in their beauty and in their harmonization with the images they accompany. If Tsui Hark had made only this film, he would deserve to be remembered for ever. Not a sugar-coated inconsequential fairy tale, the director has fashioned an unforgettable romance of forbidden love assailed by monkish inflexibility and the pettiness of the world. The closing image is extremely powerful, only to be compared in its potency to the conclusion of the German film 'Aguirre, Wrath of God'. Nothing more to be said - a fabulous fabulous film.
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September 2, 2005

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Brilliant and sad story with great performances Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This is probably one of the best movies with Joey Wong that I have seen except maybe of course the classis Chinese Ghost Story. Joey and Maggie Cheung are possitively radient and lucious in this movie. Although this movie has some overly colorful cinematagraphy and the special effects are pretty cheesy, the plot and the performance from the two leading ladies more than make up for the flaws. If you are a Joey Wong fan then this is a must see because I do not think it is possible to find Joey in a sexier or more noble role. Joey Wong's performance and her sad conclusion actually made my eyes water like crazy.
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July 3, 2005

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Okay movie Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
It was an okay movie. I like the story line a lot, but I thought the color was really bad. If you really want to see it than buy it, otherwise it's not worth your money.
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May 24, 2005

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great Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
shouldn't be this under-rated. the picturesque sceneries and also the incredible story plot! it is maggie cheung in this movie which caught our attention. joey wong is good and can be better cos' of the role given - it was brigitte lin who was given the original white snake and rejected! funny in a way and it's great.
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April 21, 2004

holy python!! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Really liked the letterboxed version, cheesy FX.

The anamorphic version should be great!!
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