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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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Cast

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

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Rated R for strong violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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17 September 2004 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

A Borboleta Púrpura  »

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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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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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Slow pace and incoherent historical drama
4 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Lethargic direction ruins an otherwise compelling period story that stars the wondrous Zhang Ziyi, in an excellent role as a woman who joins an extremist group in 1928 China, just prior to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, and reunites with a former lover who is now working for Japan. Every bit of drama and forward motion of the story is sucked dry by director Ye Lou's somnambulist directorial style. Characters stand still staring at each other for long minutes, saying nothing, hand-held cameras hold forever on faces showing interminable reactions way longer than they need to, edits repeat the same reaction is triple redundancy. We know nothing about the characters as the story begins and are given little new information as the story progresses, only silence and static shots of lovers who don't speak, who interaction through silent dances but share no apparent emotional intimacy. A very sleep inducing film.


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