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Purple Butterfly (2003) More at IMDbPro »Zi hudie (original title)

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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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Interesting...worth seeing for the curios 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
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 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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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Interesting...worth seeing for the curios, 8 December 2004
Author: wjbookman from NY, NY

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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