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Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)

Suwarôteiru (original title)
The struggles of a group of immigrant outcasts living in an alternative-future, xenophobic Japanese metropolis.

Director:

Shunji Iwai

Writer:

Shunji Iwai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Mikami ... Feihong
Chara Chara ... Glico
Ayumi Itô ... Ageha
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Ryou Ryanki
Andy Chi-On Hui ... Maofuu
Atsuro Watabe ... Ran
Tomoko Yamaguchi Tomoko Yamaguchi ... Shenmei
Nene Ohtsuka Nene Ohtsuka ... Reiko
Kaori Momoi ... Suzukino
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Hoshino (as Yoriko Doguchi)
Mickey Curtis Mickey Curtis ... Doctor
Tetsu Watanabe ... Yakuza boss
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi
Shirô Takehatsu Shirô Takehatsu ... (as Shiro Takehatsu)
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Arrow
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Storyline

After a young girl's mother dies, she is cared for by Glico, a brassy hooker, who gives the girl the name "Ageha" (Butterfly). Ageha goes to work for a collection of oddballs who run a junkyard and salvage business. Written by sharptongue

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This is the story of Yentowns in Yentown.

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Crime | Drama

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This movie has all you'll ever need
20 September 1999 | by obsidian-8See all my reviews

This is really an intense masterpiece. Not only its length of more than 2 1/2 hours, but the carefully developed characters and the twisting story qualify it for a top rank in movie-history. The story itself takes place in the outskirts of Tokyo where a lot of non-japanese people live, looking for the fast Buck (or Yen), for returning home rich. To tell more of the story would be unfair, but be assured it consists of violence, romance, hope and (best of all) the Japanese singer Chara performing "My Way". This is the kind of movie leaving you more than once with a big smile in your face and tears in your eyes, just because this moment is so...I don't know...joyful. Watch it!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

14 September 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Perhonen sydämessä See more »

Company Credits

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Rockwell Eyes See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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