Purple Butterfly

Like his moody, leisurely SUZHOU RIVER (2000), Chinese director Lou Ye's wartime thriller prizes mood over straightforward storytelling and creates a damp, oppressive atmosphere that almost seems to cling to the skin. Manchuria, 1928: Amid growing hostility towards Japanese influence in Northeastern China, foreign student Hidehiko Itami (Toru Nakamura) boards...read more

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Like his moody, leisurely SUZHOU RIVER (2000), Chinese director Lou Ye's wartime thriller prizes mood over straightforward storytelling and creates a damp, oppressive atmosphere that almost seems to cling to the skin. Manchuria, 1928: Amid growing hostilit… (more)

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