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Zi hudie (2003)

Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a ... See full summary »

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Ye Lou

Writer:

Ye Lou

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ziyi Zhang ... Cynthia / Ding Hui (as Zhang Ziyi)
Ye Liu ... Situ (Szeto)
Yuanzheng Feng Yuanzheng Feng ... Xie Ming
Tôru Nakamura ... Hidehiko Itami
Bingbing Li ... Tang Yiling
Kin Ei Kin Ei ... Yamamoto
Leni Lan Crazybarby Leni Lan Crazybarby ... A zi (as Lan Yan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seiichiro Hashimoto Seiichiro Hashimoto ... (as Sciichiro Hashimoto)
Felicia Pullam Felicia Pullam ... Russian Prostitute (as Fellicia Pullam)
Cheryl Xie ... (as Li Xie)
Anlian Yao
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Storyline

Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Palm Pictures DVD site

Country:

China | France

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese | Vietnamese

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

A Borboleta Púrpura See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,970, 28 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,051, 12 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

The Moon Of A Garden Bridge
Music by Shigeru Tamura
Lyrics by Sônosuke Satô
Performed by Utako Matsushima
Courtesy of King Record Company Co. Ltd.
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disappointing, dismal and confusing
1 December 2004 | by kurtz-1See all my reviews

Over the last few years, I have seen a great many Chinese films, as well as many other Asian films (Korean films are my personal favorites) and have generally been more than pleased with all aspects of the films. Having recently seen Hero, a revival of Days of Being Wild @ the Film Forum in NYC and Goodbye Dragon Inn I was looking forward to seeing Purple Buttefly. They are usually all well acted, directed and offer interesting and compellign stories. I was also interested in seeing Purple Buttefly since I recently returned from a trip to China that included a visit to Shanghai.Now, the reality: I found this film to be a complete muddle -- highly confusing and very difficult to follow. (wish I had read the other two reviews before I went off to see this film.) I found myself ready to get up and leave several times.... there are these long pauses where nothing takes place ...(more time is spent lighting cigarettes than anything else in the film) and people are forever pulling huge pistols out of drawers....and the violence is almost made ludicrous with all the "ketchup" used to signify bloody encounters... OK, enough said.....


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