Purple Butterfly

Purple Butterfly

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Director: Lou Ye

Cast: Liu Ye, Feng Yuanzheng

     
 
Directed by Lou Ye, Zi Hudie revolves around the underground faction of anti-Nipponese fighters in 1930s Shanghai, just prior to the onset of the Sino-Japanese war. It's only the beginning when Cynthia (Zhang Ziyi), a young Chinese woman, learns the news of her lover Itami's (Toru Nakamura) rapidly approaching return to the military. In a second and even more

Overview

Directed by Lou Ye, Zi Hudie revolves around the underground faction of anti-Nipponese fighters in 1930s Shanghai, just prior to the onset of the Sino-Japanese war. It's only the beginning when Cynthia (Zhang Ziyi), a young Chinese woman, learns the news of her lover Itami's (Toru Nakamura) rapidly approaching return to the military. In a second and even more devastating blow, Cynthia's brother, a contributor to an anti-Japanese newspaper, is killed by a Japanese activist. Three years later, switchboard operator Tang Yiling (Li Bingbing) and Situ (Liu Ye), her fiancé, are introduced to Cynthia after inadvertently heading into a protest held by a resistance group code-named Purple Butterfly, of which Cynthia (who has since changed her name to Ding Hui) has become a part. Ultimately, a botched assassination attempt leaves Situ with a mysterious briefcase; now a suspect himself, Situ is arrested by none other than Itami, who, after reuniting with his old flame, has no idea of her role in a complicit plan to have his boss (Kin Ei) assassinated. ~ Tracie Cooper

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2005
UPC:
0660200310523
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:07:00
Sales rank:
48,992

Special Features

5.1 surround sound; Theatrical trailer; Previews

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ziyi Zhang Cynthia,Ding Hui
Liu Ye Situ (Szeto)
Feng Yuanzheng Xie Ming
Toru Nakamura Hidehiko Itami
Li Bingbing Tang Yiling
Kin Ei Yamamoto

Technical Credits
Lou Ye Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Nai An Executive Producer
Ren Bing Asst. Director
Alain de la Mata Executive Producer
Lu Jiajin Sound/Sound Designer
Joerg Lemberg Score Composer
Vincent Maraval Executive Producer
Zhou Min Action Director
Ge Nairong Action Director
Jean-Louis Piel Executive Producer
Lu Shaoming Action Director
Wang Wei Producer
Liu Weixin Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Zhuo Wu Executive Producer
Chen Xiaohong Editor
Zhang Yanjia Asst. Director
Zhu Yongde Producer
Wang Yu Cinematographer
Zhong Zheng Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Manchuria 1928 [5:39]
2. Separating [5:38]
3. A Brother's Death [3:29]
4. Shanghai 1931 [9:09]
5. Szeto'a Return [5:45]
6. Mistaken Identity [6:46]
7. At the Brothel [6:40]
8. The New Boss [7:14]
9. Szeto's Breakdown [5:44]
10. Traitor [4:06]
11. Reunion [2:37]
12. A Visit to Szeto [7:45]
13. War Breaks Out [9:54]
14. Itami's Plan [8:36]
15. Gunfight in the Street [5:44]
16. At the Japanese Club [3:34]
17. Fear [9:38]
18. Credits [16:56]

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zhang Ziyi is definetly at her best in Purple Butterfly. The film totally resembles the classic gangster movies that the US loves. It is nice to see Zhang Ziyi break away from her martial arts roles, and she does it well. Must see this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie was brilliant. The cinematography was superb. This movie was love story as well as a war movie. It really is worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most tense and tragic love story I have seen in some time. It is marvelously written and filmed and (despite the subtitles) arrests you from the very beginning. I was really impressed and have no reservations about recommending it to anyone and everyone who enjoys good cinema.