Snake Charmer
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Douglas Kung (Hung Cheung Tak).


You've got to love the pitch for this film: COYOTE UGLY meets PHANTOM OF SNAKE. Yes, lets get lots of ladies, running a bar, dancing on it even, then have one of them (Marsha Yuan) turn into a snake woman and kill men. Jackie Lui is the cop sent to investigate the case, he gets more than he bargained for. Low budget production, but a few good CGI snake morphing shots show at least a few bucks were thrown at it.

The strangest part of this movie, though, is its anti-drug message, which appears at the end: "Never try drugs. Once you're addicted, it washes away your rationale and will. It spoils your future and brings only regrets. It's never too late to say "No!" This movie is to warn all youths -- any kind of drugs can set you off on the wrong path and take away your life." Especially the snake hallucination inducing kind. Surely this is the only snake woman film ever made that is also a public service message against drug use. I wonder if they've done any follow up studies, say, a survey, among drug users, how many watched the film, then decided to quit? Among non-users, how many decided against drugs when offered, after viewing the film? Wait -- did anyone from either study group actually get through the whole film?

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on September 08, 2004.


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