The Butterfly Murders Movie Review Summary

Actors: Siu-Ming Lau, Michelle Mee, Shu Tong Wong, Eddy Ko, Guozhu Zhang

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THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS (Die bian) is the first movie, shot in 1979, of the Hong-Kong born director Tsui Hark.
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A famed scholar -Fong- and the chief of an emerging clan -Tien- are invited in the castle of Shum in order to help him understand why his people are attacked and killed by swarms of bloody butterflies. It seems that the solution of this enigma is hidden somewhere in the labyrinthic caves of the castle.

When Shum is killed by the butterflies, his wife announces that Shum's last will won't be revealed unless the three killers known as the Three Thunders are present. Soon after their arrival in the castle, these killers, all masters in the martial arts, start to fight the Tien clan. Tien understands, but too late, that Shum, who hasn't been killed after all and knows how to command the butterflies, has gotten him there in order to get rid of the Tien clan.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 60%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   ancient china/japan Disaster, Natural/Nuclear    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   bug/animal attacks Combat acrobatics/martial arts?    -   Yes Kind of movie    -   combat acrobatics/bullet time

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China Misc setting    -   castle    -   cave

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Kind of violence:    -   knives    -   swords Unusual forms of death    -   eaten    -   crushed    -   flamed Any profanity?    -   None Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding bombs If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15

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