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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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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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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)

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$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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confusing? try a 2nd view...
24 March 2006 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Many have commented on how confusing the film's plot is, and I agreed on first viewing. A second viewing, however, shows everything quite intricately and deftly and =coherently= composed. People are used to films telling them things with words, which a visual medium doesn't necessarily have to do. The images give you everything here, provided you're paying attention, which shouldn't be too much for a director to ask. The first 20 minutes play out almost like a silent movie, as Lou uses the most delicately suggestive fragments to introduce us to the star-crossed lovers Itami (Toru Nakamura) and Cynthia (Zhang Ziyi). Zhang, in my opinion, deserves every close-up she gets.


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