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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)
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Russian Prostitute (as Fellicia Pullam)
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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)  »

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

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$16,051 (USA) (10 December 2004)
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Interesting...worth seeing for the curios
8 December 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Purple Butterfly began in silence, a risky one at that. It relied on the gestures of the actors/actresses, the jumpcuts, and the hand-held camera-work, reminiscent of early Italian Neo-Realism and/or Cassevettes, to begin the story. I have to admit that I dozed off somewhere within the first 30 min., but that was mainly due to my lack of sleep. Nevertheless, I was anxious for the ending of the film.

I enjoyed the cinematography, the acting style, the editing, the music, and the mixing of genres. It's like an epic espionage war love story, the likes of a collaboration between Hitchcock and Truffuat. There was some poetic scenes, and suspenseful ones as well. The main problem I had was the narrative structure which seemed confusing to me. It also didn't flow well together. Somewhere during the middle of the film, it becomes non-linear without warning me.

In conclusion, I give the movie a B-. It is definitely worth seeing and may will be a very historic film in regards to its film language in years to come.


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