"Ching se", also known as "Green Snake", is a 1993 Hong Kong fantasy film directed by acclaimed director Tsui Hark. The film stars Maggie Cheung and Joey Wong as two snake spirits who are striving to develop into human beings. It's based on a popular Chinese legend that has been reinterpreted many times in literature and film, most notably in the classical novel "Madame White Snake".
The story revolves around the younger of the two snake spirits, Green (Cheung), who is more rash and impulsive than her older sister, White (Wong). They both fall in love with a Buddhist monk, which leads to a tragic love triangle and a confrontation between the laws of the natural and spiritual world.
The film is celebrated for its stunning visual effects and rich, sensual cinematography that breathes life into the fantasy world of the story. It presents a fascinating blend of eroticism, horror, and comedy, wrapped in a tale of identity, desire, and transformation.
Despite its unusual narrative and genre blending, "Green Snake" is considered a cult classic in the Hong Kong cinema and among the more distinctive works of Tsui Hark. It offers a visually striking, emotionally rich and thought-provoking reinterpretation of a classic Chinese legend.