DirectorDavid Cronenberg ScreenplayDavid Henry Hwang Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 1, 1993 (1993-10-01) Based onM. Butterfly
by David Henry Hwang WriterDavid Henry Hwang (play), David Henry Hwang (screenplay) CastJeremy Irons (René Gallimard), John Lone (Song Liling), Barbara Sukowa (Jeanne Gallimard), Ian Richardson (Ambassador Toulon), Annabel Leventon (Frau Baden), Vernon Dobtcheff (Agent Etancelin) Similar moviesThe Last Emperor, Blackhat, Kung Fu Panda, Seven Years in Tibet, Tomorrow Never Dies, Kundun
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M. Butterfly is a 1993 American romantic drama film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay was written by David Henry Hwang based on his play of the same name. The film stars Jeremy Irons and John Lone, with Ian Richardson, Barbara Sukowa, and Annabel Leventon.
Loosely based on true events (see Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu), the film concerns René Gallimard (Jeremy Irons), a French diplomat assigned to Beijing, China in the 1960s. He becomes infatuated with a Chinese opera performer, Song Liling (John Lone), who spies on him for the Government of the People's Republic of China. Their affair lasts for 20 years, with Gallimard all the while apparently unaware (or willfully ignorant) of the fact that in traditional Chinese opera, all roles are performed by men.
Jeremy Irons as René Gallimard
John Lone as Song Liling
Ian Richardson as Ambassador Toulon
Barbara Sukowa as Jeanne Gallimard
Annabel Leventon as Frau Baden
Shizuko Hoshi as Comrade Chin
Vernon Dobtcheff as Agent Entacelin
One theme of the film (as with the play) is Orientalist stereotypes, but Cronenberg removed many of the political overtones from the story in order to focus more intensely on the relationship between Gallimard and Song. A key line in the film is "Only a man knows how a woman is supposed to act."
M. Butterfly grossed a mere $1,498,795 in the domestic box office.
The film currently holds a 42% 'Rotten' rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also holds a 43 from Metacritic.