Purple Butterfly (2004)

Purple Butterfly
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 2hr 7mins.
Genres Drama, Romance, Adventure, Period
Keywords 1930s
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Chen Xiao-tong Editor n/a 172 7000001
Wang Yu Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Lou Ye Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Lou Ye Editor n/a 172 7000002
Jorg Lemberg Music n/a 120781 8000001
Lu Jiajin Sound Engineer n/a 120916 14000001
Liu Weixin Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Joerg Lemberg Art Director n/a 183 9000001
Alain De La Mata Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000005
Vincent Maraval Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Toru Nakamura Actor Itami 1 1000004
Feng Yuanzheng Actor Xie Ming 1 1000003
Liu Ye Actor Szeto 1 1000002
Li Bingbing Actor Yiling 1 1000005
Lou Ye Director n/a 2 2000001
Jean-Louis Piel Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Wang Wei Producer n/a 3 3000002
Lou Ye Producer n/a 3 3000001
Zhang Ziyi Actor Ding Hui 1 1000001
1927. Manchuria. Itami, a young Japanese man, falls deeply in love with Cynthia, a beautiful Chinese girl. Their brief happiness ends when he is called home for his military service and they are forced to part. Returning sorrowfully from the train station where she has bid her lover farewell, Cynthia witnesses her brother's bloody murder at the hands of Japanese right-wing extremists. Three years later, Shanghai has been unofficially occupied by Japan. The city is tense, rife with violence and barely contained anarchy. Cynthia - now known as Ding Hui - is working for Purple Butterfly, a resistance group planning to assassinate Yamamoto, head of the Japanese secret service. Itami is also in Shanghai, operating as a secret agent and reporting directly to Yamamoto. Arriving at Shanghai station to meet his fiancée, Szeto, a young Chinese man is mistaken by the assembled resistance fighters for the assassin they have engaged to eliminate Yamamoto. Violence erupts and Szeto's fiancée is shot dead in the crossfire. Szeto escapes with the Purple Butterfly members, all of whom believe him to be the hired killer. Only Ding Hui realizes the truth Thus three destinies are linked by chance, and three fates ineluctably set in tragic motion.