• Movie: The Butterfly Lovers
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Release Date: Oct 9, 2008
  • Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 520 users)
  • Ranked: #2193
  • Popularity: #2368
  • Watchers: 1,062

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The Butterfly Lovers
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Ratings: 7.4/10 from 520 users
# of Watchers: 1,062
Reviews: 2 users
Ranked #2193
Popularity #2368
Watchers 520

The Butterfly Lovers, also known as The Assassin's Blade or Jiandie (Jiàndié; literally "Sword Butterfly"), is a 2008 Hong Kong romance-wuxia film directed by Jingle Ma and starring Wu Chun, Charlene Choi and Hu Ge.
It is based on the Chinese legend of the Butterfly Lovers - considered the Chinese Romeo & Juliet, but in a wuxia setting.

  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Oct 9, 2008
  • Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 520 users)
  • Ranked: #2193
  • Popularity: #2368
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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6 people found this review helpful
Jun 14, 2011
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
I watched this movie for Wuchun because I was infatuated with him at that time. However, this movie disappointed me greatly as the acting of Wuchun's paled in comparison to Charlene's and since Wuchun was a lead, it affected my opinion on the show greatly. If you are a fan of this legend/myth, I recommend that you watch the Chinese version instead, with Dong Jie and Peter Ho as the leads.
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2 people found this review helpful
Sep 14, 2017
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
I can't believe I almost passed this up.

I had very little expectations of this movie. I didn't really know the story and I definitely didn't know the actors, which meant I was a blank slate.

It was a wonderful experience. First of all, the romance feels real. You can see them falling for each other piece by piece, and it's that deep, profound affection kind of love. They like being around each other. Second, the villain. He really did it for me—as in, I could totally get behind our heroine trying to protect the hero from him, because Dude was legitimately off his rocker. That's the kind of thing not many stories pull off well; it just reads as noble idiocy. I was so pleased that this was not the case with this movie.

Next, the look and feel of the film. It's nothing amazing, but it feels and looks good, especially the mountain scenes. The end scene is also awesome. I also have to mention the music. It really carried the mood, and was never intrusive.

Last, the actors. They're natural, have wonderful chemistry, and I really enjoyed watching them. It might be a stupid point to mention, but I also enjoyed the fact that the lead actor is not a stick? Like, he LOOKS like someone who has spent his life dedicated to martial arts?

The end isn't for everybody, but if you're in the right kind of mood, THIS is the movie to watch.

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