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Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)

Suwarôteiru (original title)
The struggles of a group of immigrant outcasts living in an alternative-future, xenophobic Japanese metropolis.

Director:

Shunji Iwai

Writer:

Shunji Iwai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Mikami ... Feihong
Chara Chara ... Glico
Ayumi Itô ... Ageha
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Ryou Ryanki
Andy Chi-On Hui ... Maofuu
Atsuro Watabe ... Ran
Tomoko Yamaguchi Tomoko Yamaguchi ... Shenmei
Nene Ohtsuka Nene Ohtsuka ... Reiko
Kaori Momoi ... Suzukino
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Hoshino (as Yoriko Doguchi)
Mickey Curtis Mickey Curtis ... Doctor
Tetsu Watanabe ... Yakuza boss
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi
Shirô Takehatsu Shirô Takehatsu ... (as Shiro Takehatsu)
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Arrow
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Storyline

After a young girl's mother dies, she is cared for by Glico, a brassy hooker, who gives the girl the name "Ageha" (Butterfly). Ageha goes to work for a collection of oddballs who run a junkyard and salvage business. Written by sharptongue

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This is the story of Yentowns in Yentown.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

14 September 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Perhonen sydämessä See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rockwell Eyes See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Berry Good Movie
4 October 2006 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

Like many of you, I search the internet for unknown gems of cinema. I happened to pass by a thread on powerful films. I kept on seeing the same names: City of God, Carandiru, Pulp Fiction, Amores Perros, Saving Private Ryan and then I saw this. The person talked highly of it, I researched it a little more. Being a very big fan of Asian film I decided to find it cheap, which I did on eBay, and then buy it. One of the best buys I've had in a while. A few other good buys were DEAD MAN'S SHOES, THE DESCENT, BAD BOY BUBBY and A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS.

This story pretty much has it all. It has all the elements of a great drama. To name a few, it was funny(love how they spoke English), tragic, thoughtful, violent and memorable. I apologize but I'm not going to describe the movie to you, because it's slightly difficult to do. I can say that it's about people called Yentowns who live in a city named Yentown. Sounds simple, but the movie delivers on so many levels that it's anything but.

I hope you enjoy the film as much as me. If you enjoyed the movies I mentioned above, there are not many reason for you not to. It's not a perfect film, but it definitely gets the job done. It's really a fantastic film.


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