Bai She Zhuan (1926) (自蛇传) (Legend of the White Snake)
alternate title: Yi Chuan Bai She Zhuan (1926) (义妖臼蛇传) (Legend of the Demon White Snake)
The legend of the White Snake and the Green Snake emerged from oral traditions, then in print, and in the modern era has been related numerous times through operas, stage plays, films and TV. Of the several motion picture versions the most widely known and popular has probably been the 1993 Hong Kong production《Green Snake》, directed by Tsui Hark and co-starring Maggie Cheung and Joey Wong. For a full synopsis of the complex plot, I refer readers to the Wikipedia article, which also has an extensive list of past productions.
[right, a scene from《White Snake》; Wu Suxin is at the left, with Hu Die beside her]
But as the article explains, there are several endings to the legend, and unfortunately the surviving written records do not indicate which of those was used in this 1926 release, the first motion picture treatment of the legend. What is known is that Hu Die played the White Snake, who transforms herself into a woman and falls in love with a human. Early martial arts star Wu Suxin was the Green Snake, the White Snake's friend and protector, who unfortunately also has a knack for creating chaos.