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Purple Butterfly Details


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 woman, learns the news of her lover Itami's (Toru Nakamura) rapidly approaching return to the military. In a second and even more devastating blow, Cynthia's brother, a contributor to an anti-Japanese newspaper, is killed by a Japanese activist. Three years later, switchboard operator Tang Yiling (Li Bingbing) and Situ (Liu Ye), her fiancé, are introduced to Cynthia after inadvertently heading into a protest held by a resistance group code-named Purple Butterfly, of which Cynthia (who has since changed her name to Ding Hui) has become a part. Ultimately, a botched assassination attempt leaves Situ with a mysterious briefcase; now a suspect himself, Situ is arrested by none other than Itami, who, after reuniting with his old flame, has no idea of her role in a complicit plan to have his boss (Kin Ei) assassinated. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

  • Release date:November 26, 2004


Zhang Ziyi
as Cynthia
Zhang Ziyi
as Ding Hui
Liu Ye
as Situ (Szeto)
Feng Yuanzheng
as Xie Ming
Toru Nakamura
as Hidehiko Itami
Li Bingbing
as Tang Yiling


Lou Ye
Zhu Yongde
Wang Wei
Lou Ye
Wang Yu
Joerg Lemberg
Composer (Music Score)
Lou Ye
Liu Weixin
Art Director
Zhong Zheng
Executive Producer
Alain de la Mata
Executive Producer
Jean-Louis Piel
Executive Producer
Nai An
Executive Producer
Vincent Maraval
Executive Producer
Liu Weixin
Costume Designer
Lu Jiajin
Sound/Sound Designer