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Purple Butterfly (2004)

Purple Butterfly

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

November 12, 2004

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

127 min.

Studio

Palm Pictures

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Lou Ye

Producer

Lou Ye, Wang Wei, Yongde Zhu

Screenwriter

Lou Ye

Starring

  • Zhang Ziyi
  • Liu Ye
  • Feng Yuangzheng
  • Nakamura Tru
  • Li Bingbing
  • Ei Kin

Story


1928. Manchuria. Itami, a young Japanese man, falls deeply in love with Cynthia, a beautiful Chinese girl. Their brief happiness ends when he is called home for his military service and they are forced to part. Returning sorrowfully from the train station where she has bid her lover farewell, Cynthia witnesses her brother's bloody murder at the hands of Japanese right-wing extremists.

Three years later, Shanghai has been unofficially occupied by Japan. The city is tense, rife with violence and barely contained anarchy. Cynthia - now known as Ding Hui - is working for Purple Butterfly, a resistance group planning to assassinate Yamamoto, head of the Japanese secret service. Itami is also in Shanghai, operating as a secret agent and reporting directly to Yamamoto. Arriving at Shanghai station to meet his fiancie, Szeto, a young Chinese man, is mistaken by the assembled resistance fighters for the assassin they have engaged to eliminate Yamamoto. Violence erupts and Szeto's fiancie is shot dead in the crossfire. Szeto escapes with the Purple Butterfly members, all of whom believe him to be the hired killer. Only Ding Hui realises the truth...

Thus three destinies are linked by chance, and three fates set in tragic motion.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..There's never any heat between Zhang and Nakamura..”
by Jay Seaver [EFilmCritic]
“..rich with emotional turmoil and searing beauty..”
by Sean Axmaker [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
“..exceedingly accomplished film..”
by Wade Major [Boxoffice Magazine]