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

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  17 September 2004 (Greece)
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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 »

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Cast

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

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for strong violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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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)
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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
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Excellent film, Zhang Ziyi's best work
12 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a big war film fan but I saw this film in spite of that fact primarily because of Zhang Ziyi's role in it. I'm split between this film and The Road Home as to which was her best role, but in both she made the character she played seem very real.

The pace of the film was a bit strange, there are painfully slow moments and then explosive terror and emotional intensity. The contrast made the intense moments stand out far more than films which are just continuous action and it allowed time to really get a sense of knowing the characters.

I wouldn't recommend this film to someone who is looking for an "action" type movie but for people who want serious drama set in a non-fictional historical setting which really focuses close-up on the human costs of war this film is excellent.


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