Purple Butterfly

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Released 2003

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Purple Butterfly

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Director:
Unknown
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
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.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    As atmospheric and moody as a film noir, the stylish, sometimes perplexing Purple Butterfly is a remarkable period piece, evoking the bustling, dense and increasingly dangerous Sha...

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Mr. Lou synthesizes a wide range of styles and influences - from "Casablanca" to Wong Kar-wai - resulting in a movie that, for all its haunting strangeness, seems curiously familiar.

  • 50

    Variety Derek Elley

    An often remarkable, often infuriating lateral spin on genre material that desperately needs another sesh at the editing table.

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