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See this film: Purple Butterfly at the MFA


If he's not the best contemporary Chinese director, he's at least the most controversial. The Museum of Fine Arts' retrospective of the films of Lou Ye continues with Purple Butterfly (2003), which is set in Shanghai during World War II. A woman is dismayed when her Japanese lover joins the Imperial Army and her brother is murdered by Japanese fanatics, so she joins the resistance group of the title, only to have fate put her loyalties to the test. The MFA is at 465 Huntington Ave, Boston | December 22 @ 7:15 pm; December 30 @ 4:30 pm | $10 | 617.369.3907 or mfa.org.

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