Byaku fujin no yoren (Madame White Snake)
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Byaku fujin no yoren (Madame White Snake)
One of more than a dozen film versions of a famous Chinese folk tale, this co-production between Japan's Toho Studios and Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers stars the Japanese actress Shirley Yamaguchi in the title role. She plays a serpent spirit who, along with her sister, is finally able to attain human form after centuries of practice. She falls in love with and marries a mortal man, but their union (and her life) is threatened by a sinister Buddhist monk bent on destroying her. Yamaguchi's husband at the time, sculptor Isamu Noguchi, created a well-known sculpture based on her… More