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R| 2 hr. 7 min.

Plot Summary
In 1930s Shanghai, a man (Liu Ye) gets involved in a Japanese agent's plot to trap Chinese resistance fighters (Zhang Ziyi, Feng Yuanzheng).

Cast: Zhang Ziyi , Liu Ye , Feng Yuanzheng , Toru Nakamura , Li Bingbing , Kin Ei ,

Director: Lou Ye

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Purple Butterfly (2003)

Release Date: November 26th, 2004|2 hr. 7 min.

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critic reviews (10)
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A gorgeously shot, ambitious epic. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Director Lou Ye, who gave us the lilting "Suzhou River," doesn't care much for dialogue. He lets Wang Yu's pulsating camerawork do the talking. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Ye bites off substantially more than he can chew. show more

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