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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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Purple Butterfly-a look at Neo-Realism today 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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The Moon Of A Garden BridgeSee more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Purple Butterfly-a look at Neo-Realism today, 14 August 2006
Author: Aan from United States

While the story might give one an eye sore and a headache having to keep up with the multiple characters in the storyline, there is an air of independent film-making that transcends the film's confusion. One should also note how excellent the camera-work is for those who enjoy the Italian Neo-realist films of the 1940's and 50's.

This film is perhaps one of the most interesting of films on Chinese history told from the perspective of the Chinese themselves. The background, actors, crowded train stations and gunfights, would seem difficult to recreate in an independent film. However, the director succeeds in creating 1930's Japanese occupied Shanghai and how war affects those who are involved, both politically & non-politically. For anyone who hasn't seen a film from China other than the heavily laden Kung Fu movies made here in the U.S., Purple Butterfly is both a refresher and an excellent look at Neo-Realism in Chinese Cinema today.

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