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.