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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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User Reviews:
Surprising, excellent 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

Leni Lan Crazybarby ... A zi (as Lan Yan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seiichiro Hashimoto (as Sciichiro Hashimoto)
Felicia Pullam ... Russian Prostitute (as Fellicia Pullam)

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

Produced by
Nai An .... co-executive producer
Alain de la Mata .... executive producer
Ye Lou .... producer
Vincent Maraval .... 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 Chen 
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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Additional Details

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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Soundtrack:
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Surprising, excellent, 4 December 2004
Author: whs5 from New York

"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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