Lan Yu
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Beijing, 1988. On the cusp of middle age, Chen Hangdong has known little but success all his life. The eldest son of a senior government bureaucrat, he heads a fast-growing trading company and plays as hard as he works. His loyal lieutenant Liu Zheng is one of the few who know that Hangdong's tastes run to boys more than girls. Lan Yu is a country boy, newly arrived in Beijing to study architecture. More than most students, he is short of money and willing to try anything to earn some. He has run into Liu Zheng, who pragmatically suggests that he could prostitute himself for one night to a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Assured, vital and well wrought, the film is, arguably, the most accomplished work to date from Hong Kong's versatile Stanley Kwan."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This film takes the Tienanmen massacre as its subtle backdrop, so subtle that it all happens though sounds heard off-screen."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Seems like something American and European gay movies were doing 20 years ago."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Lan Yu is a genuine love story, full of traditional layers of awakening and ripening and separation and recovery."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune
"A beautifully crafted love story that should stand as a career breakthrough for the subtle Hong Kong stylist Stanley Kwan."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"A gay love story based on an anonymous Internet novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This delicately observed story, deeply felt and masterfully stylized, is a triumph for its maverick director."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"It's a lovely, sad dance highlighted by Kwan's unique directing style."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"It's probably worth catching solely on its visual merits. If only it had the story to match."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"In the end, we are left with something like two ships passing in the night rather than any insights into gay love, Chinese society or the price one pays for being dishonest."
‑ John Terauds, Toronto Star
"The characters seem one-dimensional, and the film is superficial and will probably be of interest primarily to its target audience."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A nicely constructed film with an unusual, though not unheard-of theme for Chinese cinema."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The very simple story seems too simple and the working out of the plot almost arbitrary."
‑ Andy Klein, New Times
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