6.8/10
902
11 user 7 critic

Butterfly (2004)

Hu die (original title)
A married teacher/closeted lesbian meets a young, free spirited singer who will allow her to rediscover herself.

Director:

Yan Yan Mak

Writers:

Xue Chen (story), Yan Yan Mak
Reviews
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Spider Lilies (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, ... See full summary »

Director: Zero Chou
Stars: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong, Kris Shen
Yes or No (2010)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Pie is a sweet girl who moves into a new college dorm room where she finds out that her new roommate Kim, is a tomboy who looks and dress like a boy. As their friendship develops, Pie and ... See full summary »

Director: Saratswadee Wongsomphet
Stars: Sushar Manaying, Supanart Jittaleela, Arisara Thongborisut
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fine arts student meets an attractive bartender, and the two women begin an intimate relationship.

Director: Hyun-ju Lee
Stars: Sang-hee Lee, Sun-young Ryu, Geun-seop Han
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Pim is unsatisfied with her man and when he chooses to leave her to study abroad, she makes sure all ties with him are cut. Enter another woman, Pat. The two women embark on a relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Arunsak Ongla-or
Stars: Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Isabella Lete, Pudit Kunchanasongkarm
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At the house of a famous Chinese botanist teacher his daughter and a female intern fall in love with each other - a forbidden love that must be kept secret.

Director: Sijie Dai
Stars: Mylène Jampanoï, Xiaoran Li, Dong Fu Lin
Love My Life (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Ichiko and Eri are two beautiful Japanese Uni students who are in a lesbian relationship. Ichiko comes out to her father who tells her he is also gay and her mother was a lesbian. Her best ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Kawano
Stars: Rei Yoshii, Asami Imajuku, Naomi Akimoto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young-nam was a promising graduate of the police academy before she was transferred to the small seaside village, as a result of misconduct. On her first day in the village, she encounters ... See full summary »

Director: July Jung
Stars: Doona Bae, Sae-ron Kim, Sae-byeok Song
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A sequel of a popular Thai film with a lesbian theme, Yes or No 2 picks up from where the original left off. Two girls, Kim and Pie are in love, but after graduation they have to travel ... See full summary »

Director: Saratswadee Wongsomphet
Stars: Nisa Boonsantear, Supanart Jittaleela, Apittha Khlaiudom
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director: Max Färberböck
Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek
Intimates (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Foon escapes an arranged marriage by walking the road of a Ji Sor. After an affair with Shing, she becomes pregnant. An attempted abortion nearly costs Foon her life. Wan, the young owner ... See full summary »

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
Stars: Carina Lau, Charlie Yeung, Ah-Lei Gua
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

Director: Shamim Sarif
Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas
Lily Fever (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story revolves around the budding relationship between Kim Kyung Ju and Jang Se Rang who meet when Kyung Ju can't find her passport and has to go to her friend's house to try and find ... See full summary »

Stars: Yeon-joo Jung, Hye-Joon Kim, Hee-von Park
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Josie Ho ... Flavia / Ming's wife
Eric Kot ... Ming / Flavia's husband)
Yuan Tian Yuan Tian ... Yip / Singer
Stephanie Che ... Jin / Flavia's school sweetheart
Yat Ning Chan ... Young Flavia (as Isabel Chan)
Joman Chiang ... Young Jin
Kenneth Tsang ... Flavia's dad
Pauline Yam Pauline Yam ... Rosa / Yip's roommate
Carl Ng ... Carl / Man in Macau bar
Yuen-Leung Poon Yuen-Leung Poon ... Man in coffee shop
Redbean Lau Redbean Lau ... Flavia's mum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brenda Chan ... Samantha's mother
King-Suen Chan King-Suen Chan ... Student demonstrator
Kathi DeCouto Kathi DeCouto ... University Professor
Alice Lee ... Pauline
Edit

Storyline

Flavia is a thirty-something married teacher. She has suppressed the memory of her adolescent lesbian fling with Jin and is stuck in a stifling marriage to Ming. A chance encounter in a supermarket with the playful and seductive singer Yip reawakens dormant feelings and she begins to think back on her teenage affair with Jin. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

2 December 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Butterfly See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,467
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Flavia: I don't know why I always fell for girls. I can't even help my students. I always give up when I'm half way through doing something. If I go on like this, I'll hurt a lot of people.
Yip: Why do you blame yourself for everything? You've tried your best. That's good enough. No one will blame you.
See more »

Connections

References Blow-Up (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a very daring attempt
23 April 2005 | by i_am_okaySee all my reviews

Butterfly is a brave try in the contemporary Hong Kong film industry, which has been highly commercialised. In contrast to most of the HK films, which are targeted at the mass audience, this film is definitely catering to viewers with open minds and willing to accept new story-telling styles. The two interesting features of this film, to me, who grew up with Chinese (including HK & Taiwan) films, are: first, parallel story-telling and second, the integration of political messages into a homosexual love story. Let me go more in-depth into these. In this film, there are two main stories, both happened on Ah-Die (acted by Josie Ho), but at two time segments: she at 30 something, married with a daughter; and she during her teens, in love with her schoolmate. The editing skill enhances the stories a lot, by segmenting each story and mixing them together so that the two stories are developing in a parallel manner. Only towards the ending, the audiences know that how the teen lesbian couple parted 15 years ago; and how, in the present world, the triangle relationship between Ah-Die, Yip (acted by Yuan Tian) and Ah-Die's husband was resolved. It is not easy not to confuse the audiences when telling two stories in this way, but the director had done a good job. Excellent! The second interesting feature of this film is that it was able to blend two sensitive issues (at least sensitive in the Chinese world)in one film: politics and homosexuality. In the story of teen Ah-Die 15 years ago, her girlfriend was actively involved in political activities. Though it was not said directly by the main actors, the film had sent the pro-democratic messages by touching on the Tiananmen incidence took place in 1989 in Beijing. A girl said to the public: 'I am not really interested in politics, but I can't deny that we all live in it...'; an old woman also said during a protest that 'we are all humans and we all need freedom and basic rights...'. Though these all happened about 15 years ago, as described in the film, the political messages of freedom and human rights are still valid in contemporary China. Or I dare say the director MEANS to say something about current political status in China. Therefore Butterfly (Wu Die) may not be the greatest art film in 2004 in China, nonetheless, it is the most daring one, which deserves the dedication of audiences' time to appreciate it.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

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