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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 Chi-On Hui ...
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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Customer in club
Ken Enomoto ...
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Kent Frick
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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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14 September 1996 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Perhonen sydämessä  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

JPY 16,014,100 (Japan) (13 December 1996)
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The first film of the 21st century
28 December 1999 | by (Langen, Germany) – See all my reviews

This beautiful movie is set in present-day Japan, but shows to the rest of the world what the future might look like if the WTO brings about their goals. The film centers on some losers of globalization and free world trade who make it big when they discover a tape ("My Way"!) which allows them to make counterfeit Yen. The money soon destroys their solidarity though, and separately they have to face their own problems (expulsion to China, the Yakuza who's after the tape, drugs and a nosy journalist who wants to find the dirt in Glico's success story).

But it's a modern fairy tale, not a naturalistic drama, so expect miracles and uplifting twists and turns rather than a depressing end. The director obviously loves all his characters and so will you; the black boxer with the innocent soul of a child, the philosophical doctor/tattoo-artist, the American who speaks only Japanese, the killer with the b/w-painted face and the cool female sniper are all wonderful characters and these are just the small roles!

If you love movies where people speak in different tongues (in this case Japanese, Mandarin and English) this is THE film for you. If you don't, still go see this masterpiece of innovative filmmaking. You'll thank me for the recommendation.


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