Lan Yu (2002)
Lan Yu (2002)
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Critic Reviews for Lan Yu
Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.
The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious.
It's probably worth catching solely on its visual merits. If only it had the story to match.
Assured, vital and well wrought, the film is, arguably, the most accomplished work to date from Hong Kong's versatile Stanley Kwan.
A beautifully crafted love story that should stand as a career breakthrough for the subtle Hong Kong stylist Stanley Kwan.
Audience Reviews for Lan Yu
although the movie is less than an hour and half, it feels like so much longer (in a good way). you really get to know the two main characters in this love story. the fact that it's a gay romance has very little impact on the story. one of the better love stories i've seen in awhile.
This is a very ground-breaking love story to come from mainland China, and I respect it for that. However, comparing it objectively to other gay romance films, this one manages to have very slow pacing while still going through events too quickly for them, or the characters' feelings, to resonate like they should. I'll bet the story it's based on is much better.
Lan Yu (2002) "Its goodness is a decision for the mouth to make." A wealthy Chinese businessman and a struggling Chinese student trade sex for favors until the student’s affection grows too great and the businessman opts for marriage with an associate, tossing aside the relationship with the same sense of ethics he uses to run his business. Years later, following the businessman’s divorce, they meet again by chance. At the same time, corrupt practices within his business are discovered, and the businessman faces imprisonment, and possibly the death penalty. The businessman avoids imprisonment partly through the help of the student, who had saved the lavish cash gifts he had received during their initial relationship. True love emerges, but only fleetingly as tragedy waits just around the corner. The movie is based on a popular cyber story in China called Bejing story. An old story (myth) with a new twist, the film also offered a glimpse of life in China, where it is possible to see that their world isn’t all that different from our own. By the way, the film is banned in Mainland China due to the gay theme.
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