Presented by The Chicago Film Society
Tsui Hark had moved from punk rock outsider to studio mogul when he made his revisionist wuxia masterpiece GREEN SNAKE, a film that married the surface appeal of a special effects-heavy martial arts blowout with a colorful, hyperactive style and subversive sense of humor reminiscent of Frank Tashlin. An update of the undying folk tale Madame White Snake, GREEN SNAKE features Hong Kong superstars Maggie Cheung and Joey Wong as a pair of sororal snake spirits hunted by a puritanical Buddhist monk after taking human form. Every overindulgent camera tilt and oversized snake prosthetic serve to push this ridiculous pulp concoction ever closer to the sublime.
35mm print courtesy of Academy Film Archive | In Cantonese with English subtitles