(aka "Butterfly" or "Hu die")

 

directed by Yan Yan Mak
Hong Kong 2004

 

Like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, Flavia finds her lesbian passion reawakened after a chance encounter with a carefree and spirited singer/ songwriter. A shattering film from award-winning director Yan Yan Mak (Gege, 2001), Butterfly alternates between the past and the present, juxtaposing a romance to a rebellious human rights activist in 1989 with her current struggles as a wife and mother. Fronted by a brave and sympathetic performance by Josie Ho, the film dares to challenge the institutions of family and marriage while championing individual rights for all Hong Kongers, gays and lesbians included.

Theatrical Release: Italy 4 September 2004 (Venice Film Festival), Hong Kong 2 December 2004

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DVD Review: Panorama - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Panorama

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 2:09:00
Video

1:1.78 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.36 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Cantonese/Mandarin with some English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Panorama

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.78

Edition Details:
• Disc one:
• The Film
• Audio Commentary by Director Yan Yan Mak, Eric Kot (No English Subtitle)
• Disc two:
• Making of (17:27 / English subs)
• Interviews (English subs on all)
• - Josie Ho (8:48)
• -Tian Yuan (9:24)
• - Eric Kot (6:10)
• - Isabel Chan / Joman Chiang (7:55)
• Delated scenes (No subs)
• Music video
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: February 4, 2005
2 x Keep Case in Cardboard

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments Many of the new Asian film's are breathtakingly photographed, like they where miles ahead in creativity than many other filmmakers. This is another example. Shot in 35-mm and some parts in 8-mm.

Mostly the DVD represent this film perfectly, with solid black levels. Some parts seems slightly soft, but maybe it's in the original elements. Combing is relevant throughout the film, but isn't visible during playback.

The 5.1 sound doesn't seem to be genuine, it sound more like a 2.0 soundtrack bumped out to multi-channels. There is a genuine 2.0 option.

Some of the extra-material is subtitled in English (see above).

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 






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Distribution

Panorama

Region 0 - NTSC




 

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