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BUTTERFLY MAN

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Vanguard
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXL2AW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Adam, a young British backpacker, finds himself single after he and his girlfriend break up their first night on holiday in Bangkok. Disillusioned with his own culture, he searches for escape in the lush landscape and friendly people. In this culturally rich yet poor and exploited land, "butterfly man" is an island term for a tourist who "goes from lady to lady to lady". When Adam meets and falls in love with the stunning Em, and then messes up, he has to examine who he is and what he really wants from her. But he must learn quickly because danger is imminent for them both in this tale of passion, adventure and love. This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh April 25, 2009
By German
Format:DVD
I see five star reviews, and I see a one star review, and neither is really appropriate. Nor is the title, really. A butterfly man is one who goes from girl to girl, and the protagonist only strayed from his main girl once.

So, sure, it's set in Thailand, which is beautiful, and not surprising a traveler unaccustomed to local hospitality falls for a Thai lady who turns out to be in some serious trouble. If anything the movie packs too much in, and the latter half of the movie isn't that believable, and seemed to exist only to add the film makers two cents on human trafficking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A REAL SLICE OF THAILAND, AND WELL-DONE TOO October 23, 2008
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Bargirls in Thailand call men who flit girl-to-girl 'Butterflys'.
I was one for about 10 years. One of the best times of my life.

And this fine movie is very authentic as well as well-shot/
edited/directed/ written/cast and acted. Very professional.

The circumstances of scams or a variety of crimes which could happen when one-night stands turn into romances are familiar, but not inevitable. There is a phrase which captures your chance for happiness with a pretty young girl who tragically is driven to run through 3-10 'customers' a good night: "You can take the girl out of the bar, but you can't take the bar out of the girl." Best bet for newcomers is hang back and wait and see. Something the hero in this movie didn't do.

ButterflyMan gives surprising, even sophisticated insights into a Western man's mind as he's drawn to the flame. And equally good coverage to the sweetness and the vulnerability of the girl involved. It's a complex multi-level happening between boy and girl with aspects of mutual exploitation, hormone-driven 'love' versus loneliness, desperation and absolute wishful-thinking.

Amazon has many books on this subject and more regarding life in The Land of the Free ('Thai' means free). It's a great country with extraordinary sights to see. And equally-extraordinary things to do. I recommend ANYTHING Thai. Thailand's truly a life- changing place, people, experience, dream come true. Yes, visit Thailand; but maybe you'd better see this movie first . . .
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nicely textured film January 20, 2004
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This is one of the few movies shot in Thailand, with Thailand as a subject, that really shows any insight into the country (unlike The Beach, for example).
Considering this is a low-budget, it really doesn't look budget. The cinematography is superb and in fact it earned the Best Cinematography award in 2003's Slamdunk Film Festival (the truly indie alternative to the Sundance Fest, and also held in Park City, UT). The performances are also uniformly excellent. Here again, the Thai female lead, Mamee, earned Best Actress at Slamdunk.
Kaprice Kea directs with a sure hand and a lot of sympathy for daily Thai life. I hope we see more from this director soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Thailand, you'll love this movie June 23, 2013
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If you've ever been to Thailand, you'll love this movie as it really does express some of the less desirable aspects of the sex trade. Thailand is a beautiful country with very friendly people and a place I strongly suggest going to. It would have been a better movie if it had of spent a little more time on showing some of the fantastic sights of this gorgeous country. Loved the movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie. March 9, 2013
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This is impossible to get in DVD and it was one of my favorites. I spent time in Thailand and this is an accurate portrayal of the sexist atmosphere that exists there.
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