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White Snake

Baishe: Yuangi

2019, Amp Wong and Ji Zhao, China, 99 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 6th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Dec 6th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 7th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Dec 8th 2:30pm
  • Mon, Dec 9th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 10th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Dec 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 12th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Dec 13th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 13th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 14th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Dec 15th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 16th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 17th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 18th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 19th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere! Two-Week Run!

“One of the most beautiful animated features I’ve ever seen…offers thrills with its action scenes, moments of humor, a sweet romance, an engaging retelling of the titular legend, and breathtaking animation.”—Mike McGranaghan, The Aisle Seat

“Beautifully animated with gorgeously rendered backgrounds and a melancholy romantic sensibility…a huge step forward for Chinese animation.”—Hayley Scanlon, Windows on Worlds

The classic Chinese legend of White Snake and her sister Green Snake is reimagined in the form of an animated prequel bursting with color and action. In a Tang Dynasty village under the rule of a brutal general, young hunter Yuan rescues a drowning stranger, the beautiful maiden Blanca, who awakens with no memory of her past. Supernatural powers do battle in the heavens for dominance over the earth, while not-quite-human Blanca and her smitten hero face off against black magic in the search for her lost memory and an enchanted jade hairpin, the gift of her mysterious sister Verta. CGI animation combines with ink-painting for a spectacular treatment of demons, fantastical creatures that include a fox fairy and a talking dog, and magnificently-rendered landscapes. Yuan bargains away his humanity to the dark forces in order to save his beloved, who has her own transformative surprise in store. In Mandarin with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Note: Suitable for adults and older teens.

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