Lan Yu
Lan Yu (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-crafted love story, but it may be too simplistic for some.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Assured, vital and well wrought, the film is, arguably, the most accomplished work to date from Hong Kong's versatile Stanley Kwan.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

This film takes the Tienanmen massacre as its subtle backdrop, so subtle that it all happens though sounds heard off-screen.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune

The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious.

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David Chute
L.A. Weekly

A beautifully crafted love story that should stand as a career breakthrough for the subtle Hong Kong stylist Stanley Kwan.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gay love story based on an anonymous Internet novel.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

It's probably worth catching solely on its visual merits. If only it had the story to match.

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John Terauds
Toronto Star

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.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The characters seem one-dimensional, and the film is superficial and will probably be of interest primarily to its target audience.

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