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The Butterfly Murders (1979)

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Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Mystery | 20 July 1979 (Hong Kong)
A journalist attempting to solve a mystery in "Martial World" enlists the aid of a master fighter and a woman named Green Breeze. They go to a mysterious castle where they come across poisonous butterflies and a black-leather-clad killer.

Director:

Hark Tsui

Writers:

Chi-Ming Lam, Fan Lin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Siu-Ming Lau ... Fang Hongye
Michelle Yim ... Green Shadow (as Suet Mai)
Shu-Tong Wong ... Tian Feng (as Shutang Huang)
Kuo-Chu Chang ... Shen Qing
Qiqi Chen Qiqi Chen ... Lady Shen
Jack Long ... Li, 'The Thousand Hands' (as Chiang Wang)
Eddy Ko ... Guo, 'The Magic Fire'
Hsiao-Ling Hsu Hsiao-Ling Hsu ... Ah Zhi
Kuang-Li Hsia Kuang-Li Hsia ... No.10 of the Red Flags (as Jiangli Xia)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tien Lung Chen ... Thousand Hands Li Kim
Chun Fai Lau
Feng Qiao Feng Qiao
Ma-San See Ma-San See
Xieqi Zhou Xieqi Zhou
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A journalist attempting to solve a mystery in "Martial World" enlists the aid of a master fighter and a woman named Green Breeze. They go to a mysterious castle where they come across poisonous butterflies and a black-leather-clad killer.

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Trivia

Hark Tsui's directorial debut. See more »

Quotes

Tian Feng: [after killing Shen Qing] Looks like the game is over.
Guo, 'The Magic Fire': Looks like it has just begun.
[releasing a Fire Crow]
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Connections

Featured in The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002) See more »

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Startlingly different to other Chinese martial arts films of the time
22 September 2018 | by marksimmons23See all my reviews

Startlingly different to other Chinese martial arts films of the time, Tsui Hark's directorial debut is a lost gem. Combining traditional Chinese ghost story elements with plenty of action, atmospheric settings (the caves under the castle are particularly menacing), and a complex murder plot based around killer butterflies, this film is both entertaining and engaging. My main criticism would be the rather disjointed plot and uneven pacing, reminiscent of the average Italian Giallo, and the rather undeveloped motivation of the main villain. Neither of these however spoiled my enjoyment. I'd love to see this in a restored version.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

20 July 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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