Lan Yu Reviews

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March 31, 2008
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.
June 21, 2007
This film takes the Tienanmen massacre as its subtle backdrop, so subtle that it all happens though sounds heard off-screen.
September 27, 2006
A gay love story based on an anonymous Internet novel.
December 6, 2005
July 31, 2005
July 7, 2003
April 12, 2003
March 7, 2003
The characters seem one-dimensional, and the film is superficial and will probably be of interest primarily to its target audience.
March 7, 2003
Seems like something American and European gay movies were doing 20 years ago.
January 16, 2003
Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.
December 8, 2002
This delicately observed story, deeply felt and masterfully stylized, is a triumph for its maverick director.
November 2, 2002
A nicely constructed film with an unusual, though not unheard-of theme for Chinese cinema.
November 1, 2002
Lan Yu is a genuine love story, full of traditional layers of awakening and ripening and separation and recovery.
October 17, 2002
The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious.
October 4, 2002
It's probably worth catching solely on its visual merits. If only it had the story to match.
September 20, 2002
It's a lovely, sad dance highlighted by Kwan's unique directing style.
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.
August 22, 2002
The very simple story seems too simple and the working out of the plot almost arbitrary.
August 22, 2002
A beautifully crafted love story that should stand as a career breakthrough for the subtle Hong Kong stylist Stanley Kwan.
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.
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