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

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  17 September 2004 (Greece)
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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)
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Seiichiro 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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A Borboleta Púrpura  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$16,051 (USA) (10 December 2004)
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The Moon Of A Garden Bridge
Music by Shigeru Tamura
Lyrics by Sônosuke Satô
Performed by Utako Matsushima
Courtesy of King Record Company Co. Ltd.
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Surprising, excellent
4 December 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Purple Butterfly" puts us in media res in a moment in history--the years leading up to the Second Sino-Japanese War--that may be unfamiliar to some viewers. It links the lives of several people tragically brought together with a time-scrambling plot, a device familiar from "Amores Perros." This combination may account for some of the impatience and confusion some viewers have expressed; but I found the film brilliant. I particularly liked the courageously (for Westerners)slow pace of many scenes--the scene at the railway station, where the protagonist (played by Zhang Ziyi) gradually moves from background to foreground, is especially good. Those looking for Hong Kong-style action will be disappointed. Those open to a humane, thoughtful twist on the intrigue genre will probably like it. Fans of Ms. Zhang from her martial arts films will have the opportunity to see her in a less stylized role.


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