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Beautiful, but still a very Chinese Romance...
on June 11, 2013
I really enjoyed watching this once, the storyline had real integrity, and Jet Li was fun to watch in all the action sequences. I especially enjoyed the opening sequence of the straightforward fight with the Bad Demoness.
I really enjoyed seeing the two snake sisters, Susu and QingQing working together for their combat sequences, and their relationship was really entertaining. The basic story was really solid, the effects were fun, if sometimes a little cheesy, and the theme of the how demonkind and humankind shouldn't mix was solid through...
... but being an American watching a Chinese romance, that whole 'the two lovers can never *stay* happy together* was pretty evident and less satisfying for me than it probably was for the original audience. The need to comply to 'ones own kind' and the whole thread of how Susu's love was selfish by Buddhist/Chinese standards was really clear. I can see why it worked out the way it did, but I really liked Jet Li's character's voiced doubts near the end. I just wasn't particularly happy with how it worked out, and am glad I only rented it.