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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but still a very Chinese Romance..., June 10, 2013
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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.
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Initial post: May 29, 2014 11:51:57 AM PDT
I notice the whole theme of staying with your own kind or class is very evident in many Eastern and Asian folklore. Just look at the differences between the 7 Samurai and the Magnificent Seven beyond the superficial look at how Katsushirō Okamoto differs from Chico. Okamoto is clearly distraught and heartbroken that he cannot stay in the village with the woman he loves because she is a peasant and he is samurai while Chico can and does stay in the village since a gunslinger can be a gunslinger today but leave that life and become a farmer.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 4:10:26 PM PDT
Yibo says:
The story is a very well-known Chinese tale. Due to the length of the movie, it doesn't show the final ending of the whole story. In the original tale, Susu and Xian Xu have a son, Shilin Xu, who gets Zhuangyuan (the greatest award for young men in ancient China) after 18 years. Shilin comes back to hometown, gets down on his knees in front of Lei Feng pagoda and begs buddha to release his mother. Buddha is moved by his filial piety (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filial_piety). Lei Feng pagoda collapses and Susu comes out. So, in the end it is actually a happy ending.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2014 9:21:53 AM PST
brdavis9 says:
Thank you so much for relating the real ending of the ancient tale Yibo. I've watched the movie several times - it's become one of my favorites - and now it's just that much better.
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