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Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)
"Suwarôteiru" (original title)

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After a young girl's mother dies, she is cared for by Glico, a brassy hooker, who gives the girl the name "Ageha" (Butterfly). Ageha goes to work for a collection of oddballs who run a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiroshi Mikami ...
Feihong
Chara ...
Glico
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Ageha
Yôsuke Eguchi ...
Ryou Ryanki
Andy Hui Chi-On ...
Maofuu
Atsurô Watabe ...
Ran
Tomoko Yamaguchi ...
Shenmei
Nene Ohtsuka ...
Reiko
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Suzukino
Yoriko Dôguchi ...
Hoshino (as Yoriko Doguchi)
Mickey Curtis ...
Doctor
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Yakuza boss
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After a young girl's mother dies, she is cared for by Glico, a brassy hooker, who gives the girl the name "Ageha" (Butterfly). Ageha goes to work for a collection of oddballs who run a junkyard and salvage business. Written by sharptongue

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This is the story of Yentowns in Yentown.

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Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

14 September 1996 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Perhonen sydämessä  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

JPY 336,846,600 (Japan) (15 November 1996)

Gross:

JPY 16,014,100 (Japan) (13 December 1996)
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4 October 2006 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

Like many of you, I search the internet for unknown gems of cinema. I happened to pass by a thread on powerful films. I kept on seeing the same names: City of God, Carandiru, Pulp Fiction, Amores Perros, Saving Private Ryan and then I saw this. The person talked highly of it, I researched it a little more. Being a very big fan of Asian film I decided to find it cheap, which I did on eBay, and then buy it. One of the best buys I've had in a while. A few other good buys were DEAD MAN'S SHOES, THE DESCENT, BAD BOY BUBBY and A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS.

This story pretty much has it all. It has all the elements of a great drama. To name a few, it was funny(love how they spoke English), tragic, thoughtful, violent and memorable. I apologize but I'm not going to describe the movie to you, because it's slightly difficult to do. I can say that it's about people called Yentowns who live in a city named Yentown. Sounds simple, but the movie delivers on so many levels that it's anything but.

I hope you enjoy the film as much as me. If you enjoyed the movies I mentioned above, there are not many reason for you not to. It's not a perfect film, but it definitely gets the job done. It's really a fantastic film.


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