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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

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
July 7, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
| 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
Oregonian
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 26, 2002
Brave and sweetly rendered love story.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Pam Grady
Reel.com
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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2002
Lan Yu is at times too restrained, yet there are moments it captures the erotics of intimacy in a way that makes most American love stories look downright unfree.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 25, 2002
Like a less dizzily gorgeous companion to Mr. Wong's In the Mood for Love -- very much a Hong Kong movie despite its mainland setting.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 23, 2002
Kwan is a master of shadow, quietude, and room noise, and Lan Yu is a disarmingly lived-in movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2002
Lan Yu seems altogether too slight to be called any kind of masterpiece. It is, however, a completely honest, open-hearted film that should appeal to anyone willing to succumb to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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