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Release Date:
17 September 2004 (Greece) See more »
Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent film, Zhang Ziyi's best work See more (22 total) »


  (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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Also Known As:
"Zi hudie" - China (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence and a scene of sexuality
France:127 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:127 min
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Excellent film, Zhang Ziyi's best work, 12 January 2005
Author: nanook-19 ( from United States

I'm not a big war film fan but I saw this film in spite of that fact primarily because of Zhang Ziyi's role in it. I'm split between this film and The Road Home as to which was her best role, but in both she made the character she played seem very real.

The pace of the film was a bit strange, there are painfully slow moments and then explosive terror and emotional intensity. The contrast made the intense moments stand out far more than films which are just continuous action and it allowed time to really get a sense of knowing the characters.

I wouldn't recommend this film to someone who is looking for an "action" type movie but for people who want serious drama set in a non-fictional historical setting which really focuses close-up on the human costs of war this film is excellent.

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