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Writer:
Ye Lou (writer)
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Release Date:
17 September 2004 (Greece) See more »
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Plot:
Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Slow pace and incoherent historical drama See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ziyi Zhang ... Cynthia / Ding Hui (as Zhang Ziyi)

Ye Liu ... Situ (Szeto)
Yuanzheng Feng ... Xie Ming
Tôru Nakamura ... Hidehiko Itami

Bingbing Li ... Tang Yiling
Kin Ei ... Yamamoto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seiichiro Hashimoto (as Sciichiro Hashimoto)

Directed by
Ye Lou 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ye Lou  writer

Produced by
Alain de la Mata .... executive producer
Ye Lou .... producer
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
An Nai .... co-executive producer
Jean-Louis Piel .... executive producer
Wang Wei .... producer
Zheng Zhong .... co-executive producer
Yongde Zhu .... producer
Wu Zhuo .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jörg Lemberg 
 
Cinematography by
Yu Wang 
 
Film Editing by
Xiaohong Che 
Ye Lou 
 
Production Design by
Weixin Liu 
 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
 
Costume Design by
Weixin Liu 
 
Production Management
Yongling Wu .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bing Ren .... assistant director
Lele Xu Le .... second assistant director
Yanjia Zhang .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jiajin Lu .... sound
 
Other crew
Nairong Ge .... action director
Shaoming Lu .... action director
Min Zhou .... action director
 

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Also Known As:
"Zi hudie" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and a scene of sexuality
Runtime:
France:127 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:127 min
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Slow pace and incoherent historical drama, 4 July 2005
Author: LARSONRD from Eureka, CA

Lethargic direction ruins an otherwise compelling period story that stars the wondrous Zhang Ziyi, in an excellent role as a woman who joins an extremist group in 1928 China, just prior to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, and reunites with a former lover who is now working for Japan. Every bit of drama and forward motion of the story is sucked dry by director Ye Lou's somnambulist directorial style. Characters stand still staring at each other for long minutes, saying nothing, hand-held cameras hold forever on faces showing interminable reactions way longer than they need to, edits repeat the same reaction is triple redundancy. We know nothing about the characters as the story begins and are given little new information as the story progresses, only silence and static shots of lovers who don't speak, who interaction through silent dances but share no apparent emotional intimacy. A very sleep inducing film.

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