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The White Snake (movie)

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Alternative title:
A Lenda da Serpente Branca (Portuguese)
Czarodziejski biały wąż (Polish)
Erzählung einer weißen Schlange (German)
Hakujaden (Japanese)
Hakujaden la Légende du Serpent Blanc (French)
La leggenda del serpente bianco (Italian)
La leyenda de la serpiente blanca (Spanish)
Le Serpent Blanc (French)
Legend of the White Snake
Panda and the Magic Serpent
Panda i magiczny wąż (Polish)
Panda y la Serpiente Mágica (Spanish)
The Great White Snake
The White Snake Enchantress
白蛇伝 (Japanese)
백사낭자 (Korean)
흰뱀의 비밀 (Korean)
Genres: fantasy
Objectionable content: None
Plot Summary: As a young boy, Xu-Xian is forced to free his pet, a small snake. Unbeknownst to him, the snake is actually a young snake goddess named Bai-Niang and she is in love with him. Many years later, when they are both adults, the princess is magically transformed into a human and sets out to find her love. But the local wizard believes her to be a vampire, and banishes Xu-Xian from the village in order to save him. Xu-Xian's pet pandas Panda and Mimi set out to save him and bring him, in the process becoming leaders of an animal gang.


Clear details on the later half of this film's plot seem to vary from article to articles, perhaps because the North American release was edited.

In all cases, the articles agree that Bai-Niang fought with the wizard, had to eventually give up her immortality to be with Xu-Xian and that everyone lived happilly ever after.

User Ratings: 71 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 3 votes (sub:2, dub:1)
 Excellent: 7 votes (sub:3, dub:2, others:2
1 French dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
 Very good: 12 votes (dub:6, sub:4, others:2
1 Russian dubbed
1 French subtitled
 Good: 24 votes (sub:15, edit.dub:3, dub:2, others:4
1 Spanish subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 Italian subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Decent: 10 votes (sub:8, dub:1, edit.dub:1)
 So-so: 8 votes (sub:6, dub:2)
 Not really good: 4 votes (sub:2, edit.dub:1, ?:1)
 Weak: 1 vote (dub:1)
 Bad: -
 Awful: -
 Worst ever: 2 votes (dub:2)
Seen in part or in whole by 111 users, rank: #4964 (of 9525)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.704 (Good−), std. dev.: 1.8869, rank: #4960 (of 9641)
Weighted mean: 6.862 (Good), rank: #4234 (of 9641) (seen all: 6.86 / seen some: 7.00)
Bayesian estimate: 6.963 (Good), rank: #3507 (of 7237)
Running time: 78 minutes
1975-09-06 (South Korea, MBC)
1991-02-14 (South Korea, KBS2)
2004-12-12 (Mexico, Once TV)
Premiere date:
1958-10-22 (Japan)
1961-07-08 (United States)
Release dates: We have 2
Opening Theme:
"White Snake Legend" (白蛇伝) by Chūji Kinoshita
Links: We have 3
Trivia: We have 1
First Japanese animated feature film in color. Based on a Chinese legend. Only two voice actors were used, providing the voices for all the different parts.
In 1961 Hakujaden was the first Japanese animation shown to American audiences when Globe Pictures released it as Panda and the Magic Serpent. Later inthe same year American International Pictures released Alakazam the Great; and MGM released Magic Boy.
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Hisaya Morishige as Xu Xian
Mariko Miyagi as Bai Niangzi

Hisaya Morishige as
Mariko Miyagi as

Hisaya Morishige as
Catfish King
Dragon King

Japanese companies
Production: Toei Animation
English cast
English staff
George Matsui as Xu-Xian
Lisa Lu as Bai-Niang

Fernando Tejada as Panda
Mel Welles as Fa-Hai
Miiko Taka as Xiao-Qing

Bob Neuman as Dragon King
Jodie McDowell as Duck
Marvin Miller as Narrator
Sara Meric as Weasel
English companies
Distributor: Digiview Entertainment (2004 dvd)
Licensed by: Globe Pictures (expired)
French staff
French cast
French companies
Distributor: Wild Side Video
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
Once TV
OnceTV (Mexico)
Spanish cast
Italian staff
Italian cast
Angiola Baggi as Bai Niang
Claudio Sorrentino as Xu Xian

Antonio Guidi as Fa Hai
Giorgio Piazza as Narrator
Italian companies
Broadcaster: Rai 2
Distributor: Dynit
Internet Streaming: VVVVID
Polish staff
Polish companies
Distributor: Video Rondo
Polish cast
Portuguese cast
Portuguese staff
Orlando Viggiani as Xu-Xian

Borges de Barros as Fa-Hai
Denise Simonetto as Xiao-Qing

Aldo César as Narrador
Portuguese companies
Distributor: Phoenix Video (VHS)
Dubbing Studio: SC São Paulo

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