Toei set up a theatrical exhibition for an older film in their library with the 1958 work Hakujaden back in 2019 and also brought it out on home video then. That project involved a lot of work to bring it to life as you can see from the video below which is why it was priced at 14,800 yen when it originally arrived on October 9th, 2019 debut as a box set and you can see the pack-in materials in the visual below.
Now, Toei is bringing this out as a barebones basic edition where it’ll land on October 12th, 2022. It’ll have a significant drop without all the packaging elements as it’ll be just 3,500 yen this time.
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.
Previous box set promo and packaging: