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THE EMPEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE (2011)

THE EMPEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE <span>(2011)</span> artwork

THE EMPEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE (2011)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 90

Release dates 30/03/2012

BBFCInsight Contains moderate fantasy violence and horror

Genre(s) Martial Arts, Fantasy, Action

Director(s) Tony Ching,Siu-Tung Ching

Cast includes Jet Li, Shengyi Huang and Raymond Lam

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 20/03/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE EMPEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE is a subtitled Chinese fantasy martial arts epic. A thousand-year-old snake demon that can take the form of a beautiful woman falls in love with a young herb collector who she has saved from drowning. A powerful sorcerer attempts to destroy the demon and save the young man's soul. The film was classified '12A' for moderate fantasy violence and horror.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood'. The film includes several martial arts sequences, often involving non-human or semi-human creatures such as snake demons and fox demons. However, the very stylised and highly choreographed nature of the fight scenes, frequently utilising 'wire work' as characters fly through the air, lacks any real detail or realistic sight of injuries or blood. The moderate horror comes in the form of some of the scarier looking demons, for example a winged demon with vampire-like fangs and the white snake demon of the title. The scary appearance of these creatures, together with a scene in which a man is attacked by small tentacled creatures, are too frightening for 'PG' and more appropriately classified at '12A' where the Guidelines state 'Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained'.

THE EMPEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE also includes a scene in which a fantastical character briefly contemplates suicide by hanging. In order to change his mind, a young woman kicks a stool from underneath him in order to demonstrate that suicide would be a mistake. He dangles by the neck for a few seconds before she helps him to stand again. The hanging method portrayed is unlikely to be copied as no form of noose is involved. Furthermore, there is no suggestion that suicide by hanging is pain or harm free.

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Details

Title
THE EMPEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE
Also known as
THE SORCEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE
Year
2011
Formats
Cinema, DVD
Distributor(s)
Metrodome Distribution Ltd,Metrodome Distribution
Classified date(s)
01/03/2012
Main language
Mandarin
BBFC reference
AZF287972

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