The Butterfly Murders

The Butterfly Murders ★★★½

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Tsui Hark's first feature transforms the often repetitive wuxia genre into a refreshing noir film, while using effective costuming, scripting, and pacing to keep characters and its relatively confusing plot manageable and gripping. It's not like anything else I've seen in the genre and it makes me appreciate how defined Hark's understanding of film is. Guy's a visionary, but maybe a little too into leather.