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      The Butterfly Murders

      1979 1h 40m Horror List
      Reviews 65% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A chronicler of great martial-arts battles encounters a swarm of deadly insects in an Asian master's castle. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews One of the director's best. Rated: A- Feb 19, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      DanTheMan 2 The film debut of legendary Hong Kong director and producer Tsui Hark, The Butterfly Murders is a blend of everything and anything into what I'm going to say is an 88-minute new-wave wuxia murder mystery spectacle. If I'm honest, whatever you thought going into this film with a title like that, will not be what you get. Hark's visual style and later hallmarks are on clear display but also tangled up in a plot so confusing that if you look away for a second or even blink, you'll miss vital details and thus the whole story. There is one thing you can infer from the title, however... the butterflies do indeed kill people. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Tsui Hark's debut film is atmospheric but badly paced. A swordplay murder mystery wuxia film, Butterfly Murders is about poisonous butterflies that are killing off martial arts warriors. A writer tries to unravel the mystery, but there's no action for a good hour. After the armoured villain makes an appearance, then things get interesting when the swords and weapons fly. Not without its basic merits, The Butterfly Murders showcases what would become a fruitful career for filmmaker Tsui Hark. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member The year is 1979, that of the first Star Wars, in a country far, far away. But the leap in movie language orchestrated by Tsui Hark with Butterfly Murders is almost in the same league. Both fantasy, horror, mistery and... Post-apocalypse intermingle in the genre, and the defining style of its author will return many times for twenty years to come and more, in HK and beyond, from A Chinese Ghost Story to Dao to Detective Dee. A killer application in wuxia. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Definately the most interesting movie Tsui Hark made. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Hark Tsui's debut. So rough and so absurd, but still able to feel his passion on film making and wuxia novels. Cannot enjoy or understand if you don't have much knowledge about the world of wuxia. Budget seems too small, while the scale of the story is too big. Hark's keen sense against film making can be seen in how he mixes so well the two genres, wuxia action and suspense, which seem not to be a good match. It's still valuable for knowing Hark Tsui's origin. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is awesome!!! This is a quality murder mystery. Chinese style. In fact. Im gonna look for it now on the net and buy it!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A chronicler of great martial-arts battles encounters a swarm of deadly insects in an Asian master's castle.
      Hark Tsui
      See-Kin Ng
      Production Co
      Seasonal Film Corporation
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 22, 2017
      1h 40m