Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie)
Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie) (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 26, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ye Lou's Purple Butterfly is atmospheric and moody, but the story is frustratingly muddled.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

At the center of it all is, of course, Zhang. Charismatic and intense, she excels in her most grown-up role to date.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Hectic, lyrical, swooningly romantic and almost unwatchably brutal.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

The plot may be a little hard to follow, but the film-making is skillful and any effort on the viewer's part is well worth it

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

There are two movies battling for supremacy in Butterfly, and both lose. As does the audience.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The characters are less compelling than this particular slice of history, which has rarely been dramatized in movies.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Just like nuclear energy, long cinematic pauses can be used properly for the benefit of all, while in the wrong hands they can cause mass misery.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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 Shanghai of the '30s.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

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Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

An at times pretty but nonetheless forgettable film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
<i>Purple Butterfly</i> is quite an interesting watch. It isn't interesting in the way where the story just knocks your socks off or where the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=indigo][font=Century Gothic]Absolutely incoherent film about Chinese resistance to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria and Shanghai… More
Jesse Ortega
Well this movie certaily was confusing. The first line is spoken almost 7 minutes into the movie. I thought that was nice but if this movie wasn't so… More