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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A silly, derivative supernatural-action extravaganza that would have been better at a fraction of its f/x budget.Justin Chang, Variety, 02.04.2013
The clunky action mostly revolves around uninspired wire-fu choreography: Monks fly around while flailing their arms as hordes of CGI creatures gather around and then do nothing.Simon Abrams, Village Voice, 02.06.2013
These showdowns feature spectacular, Lord of the Rings-style CGI settings, but not much in the way of thrills or terror.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 02.07.2013
It's a sometimes charming film from the veteran action filmmaker, but remains a curiosity, lacking comic sharpness and romantic intensity.Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National, 09.30.2011