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White Snake(白蛇:缘起)

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China, United States · 2019
Rated G · 1h 39m
Director Zhao Ji, Amp Wong
Starring Zhang Zhe, Yang Tianxiang, Tang Xiaoxi, Liu Ziling
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Romance

Blanca, a young woman with no memory of her past, is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. Together they go on a journey to discover her real identity. As they learn about her past, they discover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

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TheWrap by Carlos Aguilar

Precisely because of how ravishingly constructed some of the set pieces turned out, it’s more of shame to see the storytelling’s structural lack of cohesiveness and subplot saturation clutter the view.


The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

The pile-on of frenetic action sequences, especially toward the end, eventually becomes more wearisome than thrilling. Nonetheless, White Snake, a Warner Bros. co-production and box office hit in its native country, proves a superior effort that should find enthusiastic audiences on our shores.


The New York Times by Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

The forbidden romance has its will-they-or-won’t-they thrills, but this first feature by the directors Amp Wong and Ji Zhao, becomes a basket of tangled snakes when Blanca faces far too many obstacles.


Washington Post by Pat Padua

Even if you’re not familiar with the source material, this Chinese production provides plenty of supernatural thrills for the modern young adult.

50 by Simon Abrams

There’s a significant difference in quality between the mediocre scenario (and dialogue) and thrilling production design (and direction) in White Snake.

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