Toei set up a theatrical exhibition for an older film in their library with the 1958 work Hakujaden and now the home video release has been set. This project involved a lot of work to bring it to life as you can see from the video below which is why it’s priced at 14,800 yen. It’s scheduled for an October 9th, 2019 debut as a box set and you can see the pack-in materials in the visual below.
The film was written and directed by Taiji Yabushita with a screenplay by Shin Uehara. The Japanese cast includes Hisaya Morishige as Xu Xian and Mariko Miyagi as Bai Niang.
Plot Concept: As a young boy, Xu-Xian is forced to free his pet, a small snake. Unbeknownst to him, the snake is actually a young snake goddess named Bai-Niang and she is in love with him. Many years later, when they are both adults, the princess is magically transformed into a human and sets out to find her love. But the local wizard believes her to be a vampire, and banishes Xu-Xian from the village in order to save him. Xu-Xian’s pet pandas Panda and Mimi set out to save him and bring him, in the process becoming leaders of an animal gang.