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Purple Butterfly

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Regizat de Lou Ye
China, Franța, 2003


Ding Hui (Zhang Ziyi) 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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Purple Butterfly Regizat de Lou Ye

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  • Adam GR's rating of the film Purple Butterfly

    An unclassifiable voice from Lou Ye. Beautiful, sensual cinematography. The lives of these characters come together like fists interlocking. Zhang Ziyi is so good. She never quite lets you know what's happening behind her eyes. Tôru Nakamura leaves an impression.

  • tyb's rating of the film Purple Butterfly

    While it can at times be confusing due to the mosaic pattern, and Lou's style might not be for everyone, this is a truly stunning movie with some of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen. The story of love and revolution is engaging, in large part due to the excellent acting performances and the fascinating characters. The soundtrack is also great, and helps the overall beauty of the movie.

  • David R Williams's rating of the film Purple Butterfly

    Scenes edited with an almost feverish kinectism juxtaposed with long linger shots where the camera seems to be trying to peer beneath the facade of face and see the turmoil hidden behind. Compelling story. Impeccable performances. Breathtaking cinematography.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Purple Butterfly

    'I did my job too'. The dance hall sequence in the final reel brings everything together but a little too late in what is often a muddled narrative...but oh so stylish. This was Lou Ye's follow up to the much better 'Suzhou River' three years earlier and he took some lumps at Cannes that year and gave the film a re-edit before its fall festival showings and commercial release.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Purple Butterfly

    PC. Welcome to style: constant and punctual jumpcuts, alternation of focus absolutely casualisitic, a story simultaneously epic and melodramatic that only achieves a pretentious scheme of it and actors that walk their beauty as in a parade of events. There is also the music, with lyrical echoes, that underline the supposedly most tragic moments in a horrendous way, with the jump cuts going into an automatic rave.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Purple Butterfly

    What initially appears as strength, namely the understated performances and the slow rhythm turns quickly to a major flaw, making this an unnecessarily overlong film. The mood of romance and resistance is not accompanied by an aestheticaly sumptous mise-en-scène as in other Asian period films. There is also clumsiness in the production values and the handling of crowd scenes. The newsreel footage though is effective!

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Purple Butterfly

    Unfortunately convoluted, yes; but a moody, stylish, impeccably crafted film otherwise -- the angsty lovechild of John Woo and Wong Kar-wai, even more so than "My Heart is That Eternal Rose." It's got the former's operatic action, heightened intensity and free-flowing grace as well as the latter's patience, ensemble staging, candid romance and visual pizzazz. Worth watching.

  • Pegarange's rating of the film Purple Butterfly

    Lou is heavily inspired by Wong Kar-wai, but lacks his self-aware distance, so the film ends up over-stylized as much as actually atmospheric. The interesting story and a great, very mature performance by Zhang Ziyi make up for it, but the film as a whole still feels like it should have been better.

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