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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
Chiang Wang ... Li, 'The Thousand Hands'
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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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

20 July 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hark Tsui's directorial debut. See more »

Quotes

Tian Feng: [bidding farewell to Fang Hongye] We'll meet again.
Fang Hongye: If you come out of the castle a winner.
Tian Feng: [laughing] I will win!
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Featured in The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002) See more »

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The new MEI AH DVD is a very welcome release
19 July 2004 | by simonize-1See all my reviews

The new MEI AH DVD "The Butterfly Murders" is a very welcome release, as the only time I have seen this debut effort by TSUI HARK was by watching a very poorly transferred VCD.

The story is confusing enough without having subtitles wholly obscured. That is what happened with the VCD.

The film seems to be only sympathetic towards two characters FONG the writer and a female warrior GREEN SHADOW. In turn they appear allied to the TIEN clan leader, who has also been invited to the SHUM castle.

The castle becomes another character - its exterior grim and barren when the main characters arrive, rather those in AGATHA CHRISTIE's "Ten little Indians". And when they are subjected to the first of many relentless attacks by butterflies, they find refuge underground.

The underground is a maze, with mysterious rooms suddenly appearing and concealing the butterflies themselves; arsenals of elaborate weapons, and so forth.

I wonder if we were not intended to be as confused as all those invited to the castle, to their deaths, as the film plays out: to know is to die, to quote Darius Jedburgh ("Edge of darkness," 1986).

This is one of the few HK films that I have seen that has thrown me re its plot and its characters: it took me a long time to really identify the actors and their characters. That said, I was very impressed with the staging of the action which is plentiful and varied; intrigued with the villain and his suit of body armour (it seemed something out of a Mario Bava slasher film), and quietly applauded the cynical ending, but was upset that once again the filmmakers should use so much Jerry Goldsmith ("Planet of the apes") and Ennio Morricone ("Moses") in the soundtrack.

An entertaining debut by Tsui Hark!


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