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Lan Yu Reviews

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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+
September 27, 2006
A gay love story based on an anonymous Internet novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
March 7, 2003
Seems like something American and European gay movies were doing 20 years ago.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 16, 2003
Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2002
The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 16, 2002
For the simplicity and strength of its emotional core, Lan Yu is an exquisite film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2002
There is much that is touching in the affair of Lan Yu and Handong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
July 26, 2002
Brave and sweetly rendered love story.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 26, 2002
Though Lan Yu lacks a sense of dramatic urgency, the film makes up for it with a pleasing verisimilitude.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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