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Lan Yu Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
This film takes the Tienanmen massacre as its subtle backdrop, so subtle that it all happens though sounds heard off-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 27, 2006
A gay love story based on an anonymous Internet novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 7, 2003
The characters seem one-dimensional, and the film is superficial and will probably be of interest primarily to its target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 7, 2003
Seems like something American and European gay movies were doing 20 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 16, 2003
Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This delicately observed story, deeply felt and masterfully stylized, is a triumph for its maverick director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
November 2, 2002
A nicely constructed film with an unusual, though not unheard-of theme for Chinese cinema.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 1, 2002
Lan Yu is a genuine love story, full of traditional layers of awakening and ripening and separation and recovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2002
The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 4, 2002
It's probably worth catching solely on its visual merits. If only it had the story to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Morgan
September 20, 2002
It's a lovely, sad dance highlighted by Kwan's unique directing style.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2002
Assured, vital and well wrought, the film is, arguably, the most accomplished work to date from Hong Kong's versatile Stanley Kwan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
New Times
August 22, 2002
The very simple story seems too simple and the working out of the plot almost arbitrary.
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
August 22, 2002
A beautifully crafted love story that should stand as a career breakthrough for the subtle Hong Kong stylist Stanley Kwan.
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John Terauds
Toronto Star
August 16, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 16, 2002
For the simplicity and strength of its emotional core, Lan Yu is an exquisite film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
August 16, 2002
There is much that is touching in the affair of Lan Yu and Handong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2002
While it is welcome to see a Chinese film depict a homosexual relationship in a mature and frank fashion, Lan Yu never catches dramatic fire.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 26, 2002
Brave and sweetly rendered love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pam Grady
July 26, 2002
Though Lan Yu lacks a sense of dramatic urgency, the film makes up for it with a pleasing verisimilitude.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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