The Legend of White Snake (TV series)

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The Legend of White Snake
Traditional新白娘子傳奇
GenreMythology
Fantasy
Romance
Written byAn Yimo
Directed byZhi Lei
StarringJu Jingyi
Yu Menglong
Opening themeQian Nian Deng Yi Hui (千年等一回) performed by Ju Jingyi
Ending themeDu Qing (渡情) performed by Ju Jingyi
Country of originChina
Original languageMandarin
No. of episodes36
Production
ProducerDai Yu
Production locationChina
Production companiesiQiyi, Chinese All Digital
Release
Original networkiQiyi
Original releaseApril 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)

The Legend of White Snake (Chinese: 新白娘子传奇) is a 2019 streaming television series starring Ju Jingyi and Yu Menglong. It is based on the Chinese folk legend Legend of the White Snake. The series airs on iQiyi starting April 3, 2019.[1][2][3]

Synopsis[edit]

Based on the folk legend with same title, this series is set in the Southern Song Dynasty and focuses on the romance between Xu Xian, a physician based in Lin’an, and Bai Suzhen, a 1000-year-old white snake spirit that has taken the form of a woman. Xu and Bai’s cross-species love is opposed by Jin Ruyi, the young daughter of Xu’s master who is infatuated with Xu. Ruyi’s obsession with Xu creates a grudge between her and Bai. Xu and Bai’s relationship was also initially opposed by Fahai, an orthodox Buddhist monk who harbored a bias against demons. Throughout the series, Bai is accompanied by Xiao Qing, a 500 year-old green snake spirit who is later revealed to be a demigod. Qing considers Bai as her elder sister after and remains loyal to her.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Ju Jingyi as Bai Suzhen- A 1000 year-old white snake spirit who cultivated alongside Jingsong on Mount Emei before moving to Lin’an. Bai is noted for her beauty, intelligence, and righteous nature. She falls in love with Xu Xian and opens the Baohe Clinic with him. She is close friends with Xiao Qing.
  • Yu Menglong as Xu Xian- A kind hearted and intelligent physician who comes from a wealthy family. Due to his parents’ untimely deaths, Xu was raised by his older sister, Xu Jiaorong. Previously worked for Jinshi Clinic before opening Baohe Clinic with his wife, Suzhen.
  • Xiao Yan as Xiao Qing- A 500 year-old green snake spirit who is the daughter of snake spirit Yu Furong and the Dragon King Ao Guang, making her a demigod. Her mother was killed because of her relationship with Ao Guang, as Heaven did not permit love between demons and gods, though her father was not because Jade Lotus refused to reveal his identity. Qing did not learn of her demigod status until late in the series and eventually reconciled with her father.
  • Pei Zitian as Fahai, a Buddhist monk from Jinshan Temple. His obsession with eliminating demons resulted in him strengthening the Mind Demon. After reaching enlightenment, Fahai helps Hanwen save Suzhen from her death.
  • Yu Lang as Jin Ruyi- Owner of Jinshi Clinic who is in love with Xu, whom she refers to as Hanwen. Wang Daoling, a frog spirit, claims her to be the reincarnation of his previous love. Ruyi’s hatred and jealousy towards Suzhen allows the Mind Demon to reside in her. Realizing the sins which the Mind Demon tricked her into committing, Ruyi kills herself in a futile attempt to also kill the Mind Demon.

Supporting Cast[edit]

  • Nie Zihao as Jingsong-Golden mouse. A close friend of Suzhen. Reborn as Golden Squirrel. His jealousy towards Xu drove a wedge between him and Suzhen, though they later reconcile when Jingsong helps Suzhen save Xu. While helping Suzhen, Jingsong used magic that quickly depleted all his years of cultivation. Suzhen believed Jingsong‘s soul has been scattered as a result, although it was later revealed that his good deed pleased Heaven and allowed him to be reborn, albeit in the form of a squirrel.
  • Feng Jianyu as Zhang Yutang, an herb collector who worked for Baohe Clinic. He falls in love with Qing, who helps him learn of his identity as a nobleman who was kidnapped as a child.
  • Li Lin as Li Gongfu. Brother-in-law of Xu and husband of Xu Jiaorong. Li came from a poor family, but was the only suitor of Jiaorong who agreed to allow Xu Xian to live with them after marriage. Li works as a county official for Lin’an.
  • Zeng Yunzhen as Xu Jiaorong. Jiaorong raised her brother Xu Xian from a young age. She is skilled in housework and wants the best for her younger brother.
  • Cecilia Yip as Xu Xian's mother
  • Maggie Chen as Yu Furong, Qing’s mother. Yu’s relationship with the Dragon King Ao Guang results in her death. She refuses to reveal Ao as the one whom she had an affair with, thus sparing him.
  • Tse Kwan-ho as Xu Huairen
  • Wang Weiyuan as Wao Daoling. A frog spirit who is in love with Jin Ruyi. He goes to great lengths to please her, though he eventually dies at her hands.
  • Huang Kaijie as Xu Shilin
  • Zhao Yingzi as Li Bilian
  • Choenyi Tsering as Lady Wu
  • Yi Yizi as Hu Kexin, a fox spirit that steals the hearts of men. She collaborates with Jingsong, who wants to kill Xu Xian. Hu is killed by Fahai.
  • Tang Zhenye as Prime Minister Liang
  • David Wu as Lü Dongbin
  • Sunny Tu as Guanyin
  • Wang Weiguo as Jade Emperor
  • Zhu Longguang as Buddha
  • Heidi Wang as Queen Mother
  • Chen Chongyuan as Wu Guibao
  • Liao Pengfei as Ah Luo
  • Fan Wendong as Xie Daqian
  • Wang Ronghong as He Dagu
  • Shen Baoping as Clan Master Lingyou
  • Hou Changrong as Dragon King Ao Guang. Ao was deeply in love with Yu Furong despite Heaven’s Law forbidding them from being together. After Yu’s death, Ao refuses to acknowledge Qing as his daughter and sends the Four Immortals to guard over Qing at the West Lake. At the end of the series, Ao sincerely apologizes to his daughter for his cowardice and invites her to stay with him at the Crystal Palace.
  • Jackson Lou as Pagoda-Bearing Heavenly King Li
  • Fang Yilun as Prince Mu, close friend of Xu Xian.
  • Yao Tongtong as Princess Consort Mu
  • Ma Shuliang as Mr. Jin
  • Liu Lifei as Yinxiang
  • Zhang Bowen as Changsheng
  • Spiderman

Production[edit]

The series was filmed from March to July 2018.[4][5]

The series is primarily based on the 1992 television series adaptation of the folk tale legend. Cecilia Yip, who played Xu Xian in the 1992 television series adaptation of the folk tale legend, plays Xu Xian's mother. Maggie Chen, who played Xiao Qing in the 1992 television series adaptation of the folk tale legend, plays Yu Furong, Qing’s mother in the series.

Soundtrack[edit]

  • Qian Nian Deng Yi Hui (千年等一回; A Millennium's Wait for a Return) performed by Ju Jingyi
  • Du Qing (渡情; Passing Feelings) performed by Ju Jingyi
  • Qing Cheng Shan Xia Bai Suzhen (青城山下白素贞; Bai Suzhen under Mount Qingcheng) performed by Ju Jingyi

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Results Ref.
Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival Best Web Series The Legend of White Snake Nominated [6]
Best Actor Yu Menglong Nominated
Best Actress Ju Jingyi Nominated
Best Newcomer Xiao Yan Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Title
China China
Taiwan Taiwan
iQiyi April 3, 2019 (Broadcasting six episodes from Wednesday to Friday) 新白娘子传奇 (2019年电视剧) ( ; lit: )
Malaysia Malaysia Astro Quan Jia HD April 15, 2019 (Monday to Friday 19:00 - 20:00) The Legend of White Snake (2019 web series) ( ; lit: )
China China Shenzhen TV (深圳卫视) June 27, 2019 (19:30-21:15 every night (two episodes)) 新白娘子传奇 (2019年电视剧) ( ; lit: )
Thailand Siam Mono 29 Nov , 2019 (Every Monday to Friday at : 07.35 AM) The Legend of White Snake (2019 web series) ตำนานรักนางพญางูขาว ( ; lit: )
MCOT HD June 3, 2019 (Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 21.00 - 22.00 hrs.) The Legend of White Snake นางพญางูขาว ( ; lit: )
MCOT HD June 10, 2021 (Every Monday to Friday from 18:00 - 19:00) The Legend of White Snake นางพญางูขาว ( ; lit: )

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV drama remade with fewer songs to appeal to modern tastes". China Daily. May 31, 2018.
  2. ^ 网易 (2019-04-03). "《新白娘子传奇》开播 于朦胧鞠婧祎不负千年之缘". ent.163.com. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  3. ^ "Old tale resonates with a modern audience". China Daily. April 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "《新白娘子传奇》开机 于朦胧"许仙"造型曝光". Xinhua News (in Chinese). March 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "《新白娘子传奇》杀青 于朦胧鞠婧祎古典飘逸美". Youth.cn (in Chinese). July 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "金骨朵网络影视盛典提名揭晓 王一博肖战杨紫等入围". Ynet (in Chinese). November 25, 2019.