7.7/10
3,075
27 user 19 critic

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
Reviews
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

April Story (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In spring, a young girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Takako Matsu, Seiichi Tanabe, Kaori Fujii
Picnic (1996)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Believing that the world will end that very day, three mental patients Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey. Walking upon the tops of the walls of the city, they seek to find a ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Chara, Tadanobu Asano, Koichi Hashizume
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Anne Suzuki, Yû Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku
Love Letter (1995)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunjaku Han
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô
Undo (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Moemi is not overly pleased when Yukio brings home a couple of turtles to keep her company. Although Yukio works at home as a writer, Moemi feels neglected and desired a dog or a cat, but ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Tomorô Taguchi
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nanami is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on "Planet", a new social network service. One day, a young man named ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Haru Kuroki, Cocco, Gô Ayano
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a transfer student... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Yû Aoi, Anne Suzuki, Shôko Aida
Rainbow Song (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two film students meet and fall in love while working on a school project.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa
Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Juri Ueno, Yû Aoi
Last Letter (2018)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Attending the reunion in lieu of her late elder sister, Zhihua accidentally runs into Yin Chuan, on whom she had a crush in her youth. As old memories are evoked Zhihua slowly uncovers the intricate story of the trio.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Xun Zhou, Hao Qin, Jiang Du
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.

Director: Isao Yukisada
Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Ko Shibasaki, Masami Nagasawa
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Stars: Miki Nakatani, Eita, Yûsuke Iseya
Edit

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 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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This is the story of Yentowns in Yentown.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

14 September 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Perhonen sydämessä See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

JPY 336,846,600 (Japan), 15 November 1996
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rockwell Eyes See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The first film of the 21st century
28 December 1999 | by ChWasserSee all my reviews

This beautiful movie is set in present-day Japan, but shows to the rest of the world what the future might look like if the WTO brings about their goals. The film centers on some losers of globalization and free world trade who make it big when they discover a tape ("My Way"!) which allows them to make counterfeit Yen. The money soon destroys their solidarity though, and separately they have to face their own problems (expulsion to China, the Yakuza who's after the tape, drugs and a nosy journalist who wants to find the dirt in Glico's success story).

But it's a modern fairy tale, not a naturalistic drama, so expect miracles and uplifting twists and turns rather than a depressing end. The director obviously loves all his characters and so will you; the black boxer with the innocent soul of a child, the philosophical doctor/tattoo-artist, the American who speaks only Japanese, the killer with the b/w-painted face and the cool female sniper are all wonderful characters and these are just the small roles!

If you love movies where people speak in different tongues (in this case Japanese, Mandarin and English) this is THE film for you. If you don't, still go see this masterpiece of innovative filmmaking. You'll thank me for the recommendation.


12 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed