Relatively swift to rebound from the pandemic, moviegoing in China has entered a sluggish patch these past few weeks. Hoping to give the box office a boost is White Snake 2, which opens theatrically in the country today.
The film, whose English title has also been rendered as White Snake 2: The Tribulation of the Green Snake, follows on from 2019’s White Snake. The focus shifts from Blanca, the heroine in the original, to her sister, Verta the green-snake demon, who embarks on a magical quest to rescue Blanca. Watch the trailer (without subtitles) below:
The sequel is directed by Amp Wong, one of the co-directors of White Snake, and produced once again at Beijing’s Light Chaser Animation Studios. While the original was set up as a co-production with Warner Bros. Far East, the new film is a fully Chinese production.