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The Butterfly Murders (1979)

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A journalist attempting to solve a mystery in "Martial World" enlists the aid of a master fighter and a woman named Green Breeze. They go to a mysterious castle where they come across poisonous butterflies and a black-leather-clad killer.

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Fang Hongye
Michelle Yim ...
Green Shadow (as Suet Mai)
Shu Tong Wong ...
Tian Feng (as Shutang Huang)
Kuo-Chu Chang ...
Shen Qing
Qiqi Chen ...
Lady Shen
Chiang Wang ...
Li, 'The Thousand Hands'
Eddy Ko ...
Guo, 'The Magic Fire'
Hsiao-Ling Hsu ...
Ah Zhi
Kuang-Li Hsia ...
No.10 of the Red Flags (as Jiangli Xia)
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Tien Lung Chen ...
Thousand Hands Li Kim
Chun Fai Lau
Feng Qiao
Ma-San See
Xieqi Zhou
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A journalist attempting to solve a mystery in "Martial World" enlists the aid of a master fighter and a woman named Green Breeze. They go to a mysterious castle where they come across poisonous butterflies and a black-leather-clad killer.

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Hark Tsui's directorial debut. See more »

Quotes

Tian Feng: [bidding farewell to Fang Hongye] We'll meet again.
Fang Hongye: If you come out of the castle a winner.
Tian Feng: [laughing] I will win!
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A classic that lives up to its reputation
12 September 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Tsui Hark's debut, The Butterfly Murders is one of those impossible to find films that seemed to exist only as a glowing reputation, so it's a surprise to find out that it's a highly enjoyable Hong Kong fantasy thriller that's surprisingly original. It's plot-led (there's very little action at all in the first half-hour) and comes with lashings of dark atmosphere, even managing to make its premise of killer butterflies work surprisingly well, and it makes good use of Goldsmith's Planet of the Apes score, pilfered alongside Morricone's Moses for the occasion (about the only genuinely original cue is a funky Meko-esquire disco title song!). Oh, and it has a very cool suit of black armour that any of the villains in Mad Max would kill for.

Mei Ah's remastered DVD shows up more than a few problems with the neg – there's a lot of water damage leading to noticeable yellow splotches in some scenes (mostly noticeable in the few daylight sequences) and the sound hums a bit – but it's still probably the best version available, with an otherwise decent 2.35 widescreen transfer.


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