MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,542 this week

Purple Butterfly (2003)
"Zi hudie" (original title)

5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 867 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 22 user | 27 critic | 12 from Metacritic.com

Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

Palm nabs two from Cannes
| The Hollywood Reporter

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1578 titles
created 20 Jul 2011
 
a list of 415 titles
created 10 Jun 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 06 Jul 2012
 
a list of 179 titles
created 29 Dec 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 11 May 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Purple Butterfly" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Purple Butterfly (2003)

Purple Butterfly (2003) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Purple Butterfly.
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Inspired by true events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Directors: Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang
Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Guoli Zhang, Qing Xu
The Knot (2006)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Li Yin
Stars: Kun Chen, Bingbing Li, Steven Cheung
Pick Pocket (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Little pocket thief Wu never got away from the streets like his friends did. He realises that he is alone, as his old buddy doesn't invite him for his wedding. When he falls in love with a ... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Hongwei Wang, Hao Hongjian, Baitao Zuo
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tao Lan and Yu Xiaoqin are teenage stepsisters. They go to the same high school, sleep in the same bedroom, but couldn't be more different. The first is wild, a bit of a vagabond, while the... See full summary »

Director: Yuan Zhang
Stars: Lin Liu, Bingbing Li, Yeding Li
Blind Massage (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A drama centered around the employees of a Nanjing massage parlor who share a common trait: they are all blind.

Director: Ye Lou
Stars: Xiaodong Guo, Lu Huang, Xuan Huang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In Paris, the Chinese university student Hua is dumped by her lover. Hua wanders on the streets and the French worker Mathieu accidentally hits her face with the pipes that he is carrying ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou
Stars: Corinne Yam, Tahar Rahim, Jalil Lespert
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A con-team couple (Andy Lau & Rene Liu) head west after taking a city businessman for his BMW. But an encounter with a naive young carpenter travelling home with his life savings challenges their fate as thieves.

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Andy Lau, Rene Liu, Baoqiang Wang
Xing xing dian deng (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Touching Starlight is a true story about a young girl, Chen Wei, an aspiring dancer whose hopes and dreams for the future are dashed when her leg is amputated due to cancer. To encourage ... See full summary »

Director: Sun Wenxue
Stars: Jian Chen, Qiang Chen, Shan Jiang
I Do (2012)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Zhou Sun
Stars: Bingbing Li, Honglei Sun, Yihong Duan
Showtime (2010)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Stanley Kwan
Stars: Angie Chiu, Chao Deng, Wei Fan
In Shanghai (2001)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A very personal portrait by last years Tiger-Award winner, Lou Ye, of his own city of Shanghai, he heads into the city with his video camera. A city that is subject to great changes thanks ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Cynthia / Ding Hui (as Zhang Ziyi)
...
Situ (Szeto)
Yuanzheng Feng ...
Xie Ming
Tôru Nakamura ...
Hidehiko Itami
...
Tang Yiling
Kin Ei ...
Yamamoto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seiichiro Hashimoto ...
(as Sciichiro Hashimoto)
Edit

Storyline

Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

A Borboleta Púrpura  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,970 (USA) (26 November 2004)

Gross:

$16,051 (USA) (10 December 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Could Not Get Your Love
Written by Yao Min (composition), Yan Kuan & Su Wong (lyrics)
Performed by Yao Li
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Chinese Take On The Old-Fashioned War Time Spy Romance
3 December 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie)" is a Chinese take on "Charlotte Gray."

There are also references to "The Third Man" in how the characters' loyalties and knowledge of each other's motives switch, to "Shanghai Express" for the trains, locales and extensive close-ups of beautiful faces, and to "Casablanca" as if these characters had more dialogue they would probably say something about their personal lives not amounting to a hill of beans amidst war breaking out in the late 1930's.

Elaborate period production design and lush cinematography with very slow camera movement substitute for dialogue.

I know very little of Sino-Japanese relations at this period so I probably missed important portents as the film first follows what I thought were two sets of star-crossed lovers in Manchuria and then Shanghai, whose lives only gradually obviously intersect.

I consequently found some plot points confusing, particularly as I wasn't sure if the characters were spectacularly bad shots at point blank range or if we were seeing flashbacks to the point that I wondered if the projectionist had mixed up reels.

I also wasn't sure if I was supposed to have a positive reaction to Tôru Nakamura's character, as the movie is so virulently anti-Japanese, but I found him a very charismatic actor who had terrific chemistry with the very expressive Ziyi Zhang despite the formalized set pieces of their interactions and even though I wasn't really sure about her personal feelings within her Mata Hari activities.

It was completely gratuitous to close the movie with newsreel footage of Japanese atrocities in various Chinese cities during the war. Yes, we know this war was hell on civilians but hey I'm watching for the romances.


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A great film Antoine Tremblay
Zhang Ziyi ... Avid_Rain
Some questions johnp_7777
Soundtrack!! HELP!! fionaredrum
Purple Butterfly Viewers Guide scj4533
One Question! fruitjuiceuniverse
Discuss Purple Butterfly (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?