Lan Yu


Lan Yu (2002)


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


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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 gay pool-hall and bar owner. But Hangdong happens to be in the pool-hall that evening, and he nixes the deal. He takes Lan Yu home himself, and gives the young man what turns out to be a life-changing sexual initiation.


Jun Hu
as Chen
Ye Liu
as Lan Yu
Su Jin
as Jingping
Li Huatong
as Liu Zheng
Lu Fang
as Yongdong
Li Shuang
as Weidong, Handong's Brother
Minfen Zhao
as Mrs. Chen, Hangdong's Mother
Zhang Fan
as Jian'er, the College Athlete
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Critic Reviews for Lan Yu

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (15)

It's a wise, moving love story--marred only by a rather arbitrary twist of fate at the end--played out with an emotional honesty that would be unusual and adventurous in any language.

Mar 31, 2008 | Full Review…
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Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.

Jan 16, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

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

Oct 17, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Oct 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 22, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

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

Aug 22, 2002 | Full Review…

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