Green Snake (HK 1993)

Rating: ****
Producer: Tsui Hark
Director: Tsui Hark
Cast: Maggie Cheung, Joey Wang, Zhao Wen Zhiou (Chiu Man Cheuk, Vincent Zhao)

A Chinese fairy tale about two snakes (Maggie Cheung and Joey Wang) who become human to learn about the human world. Tragedy befalls them as they learn the evils of mankind and are harassed by a self-righteous Buddhist monk (Zhao Wen Zhiou). Aside from some embarassingly cheesy special effects, this film is gorgeous. Tsui Hark's use of color, lighting, and fabric is stunning and fascinating. Joey Wang and Maggie Cheung are stunningly seductive and crackling with sensuality.