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M. Butterfly (1993)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1 October 1993 (USA)
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In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

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Embassy Colleague
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David Hemblen ...
Intelligence Officer #1
Damir Andrei ...
Intelligence Officer #2
Antony Parr ...
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Margaret Ma ...
Song's Maid
Tristram Jellinek ...
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Philip McGough ...
Prosecution Attorney
David Neal ...
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Storyline

During the Cultural Revolution in China in the mid-1960s, a French diplomat falls in love with a singer in the Beijing Opera. Interwoven with allusions to the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly", a story of love and betrayal unfolds. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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china | opera | spy | betrayal | 1960s | See All (21) »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and a brief bloody sequence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$1,499,795 (USA)
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Trivia

The Chinese opera being performed by Song near the beginning is called "Gui Fei Zui Jiu", aka "The Drunken Concubine", aka "Yang Gui Fei Gets Tipsy". See more »

Goofs

The word accordion is misspelled "accordian" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Rene Gallimard: The Oriental woman: when she's good, she's very very very good. But when she's bad, she's Christian!
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Everyone are blind when they are in love
7 September 2006 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

I don't know why this movie didn't get more attention than it's supposed to. I like the two main actors both, who I think had a wonderful performance in this movie( although I keep wondering whether it will be another masterpiece if Leslie Zhang took Chung long's position in this movie.)

For those who love this story itself, you will definitely agree how this movie perfectly described a story which tells " only in real life could love become so unreal."

Also this is a good movie to watch if you are interested in the type of movie which entangle east and west, love and betrayal, passion and illusion...


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