Swallowtail Butterfly (Suwaroteiru) Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

Swallowtail Butterfly (Suwaroteiru)

Following up on the fantastic success of Love Letter, pop phenom Shunji Iwai directs this phantasmagoric sprawling sci-fi drama set in a polyglotic encampment known as Aozora (blue skies) on the fringe of a megalopolis called Yen Town. Its ragtag — and remarkably fashionable — inhabitants are into every kind of nefarious activity imaginable. The film centers on Glico (played by pop star Chara), a Chinese hooker who tattooed a swallowtail butterfly to her chest so that she might be identified after death. Other inhabitants include a doe-eyed orphaned teen (Ayumi Ito) whom Glico takes under her wing and dubs Ageha (“caterpillar”), and Feihong (Hiroshi Mikami), a master grifter who is in love with Glico. One day, a couple of other Aozora-dwellers — a slick Chinese hustler named Ran (Atsuro Watabe) and jumpy Iranian con-artist Nihat (Abraham Levin) — discover a cassette tape in the stomach of a dead gangster. The tape not only contains the tune “My Way” but also a computer code to counterfeit 10,000-yen notes. Soon every shantytown resident is cheating change machines everywhere and making a killing in the process. With his newfound wealth, Feihong opens a nightclub with Glico as the lead act. Soon the actual owners of the tape — a ruthless band of Chinese gangsters — cotton on to the Aozorian’s scheme and demand their money back. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Release date: Sep 14, 1996
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Genre: Art House & International,Drama,Mystery & Suspense,Science Fiction & Fantasy

Swallowtail Butterfly (Suwaroteiru) Caste and Crew
Director: Shunji Iwai
writer: Shunji Iwai
Hiroshi Mikami,Chara,Ayumi Ito,Yosuke Eguchi,Andy Hui,Atsurô Watabe,Tomoko Yamaguchi,Nene Ohtsuka,Kaori Momoi,Andy Hui Chi-On