Lan Yu Synopsis
A simple love story between a younger man and an older man set in Beijing in 1988.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's not often that Chinese cinema tackles same-sex relationships, and rarer still to see a film of such stark, muted emotion coming from...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Ray Conlogue
It's a good film. But its exotic allure may lead some to mistake it for a great one.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
At times too restrained, yet there are moments it captures the erotics of intimacy in a way that makes most American love stories look...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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It's really just old- fashioned melodrama, dressed up with lustrous cinematography and a few nods to history.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
What will really shock Western viewers are the luxurious trappings of Handong's world: The tailored suits, Mercedes Benz and expensive...
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63

Chicago Tribune

By
Wong Kar-wai made a much more dynamic film, "Happy Together," five years ago. Lan Yu suffers by comparison.
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60

Film Threat

By Chris Gore
This delicately observed story, deeply felt and masterfully stylized, is a triumph for its maverick director.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
With its scenes of full-frontal nudity and its references to the Tiananmen Square protests, Lan Yu may be a breakthrough film for China,...
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Deserves high marks for political courage but barely gets by on its artistic merits.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This well-directed Hong Kong drama is at its best when it captures the casual affection that grows between the main characters. It also...
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LAN YU: Powerful as it is Provcative

By lugubriousthespian
Hong Kong's very versatile Stanley Kwan's quietly poignant LAN YU tells the story of a middle-aged, successful businessman becoming involved with a first-time male prostitute who quickly grows to...