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Lan Yu Reviews

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September 7, 2016
tragic romance love the performance
January 1, 2015
Just like the author who wrote the original story, he was telling the story only, with no intention to impress anyone. Being exposed to such a powerful love story feels like experiencing the eruption of a dormant volcano. One second you are stilling standing on a safe ground, the next second you are shaking and trembling, being wrapped by our own emotional movement but have nowhere to escape. This is a soul-waking, classic and impeccable film.
July 29, 2012
Lan Yu was apparently shot in secret, which would probably explain the look of the film. Apart from the circumstances in which it was made, the film does not break any new ground, and is rather conventionally melodramatic.
½ January 16, 2012
Very real - which makes it a bit slow (like life)... definitely an Asian love story in the way it plays out.
August 7, 2011
the screenwriting and editing needed the touch of someone with higher caliber. it reached for the heights of brokeback mountain, but ultimately ended up short.
June 22, 2011
liu ye and hu jun's acting save the whole story!
½ March 19, 2011
great cast, really supports the whole story.
the plot however is kind of weak and flat.
The cinematography turns the script into a nice work and the cliche formula of the genre is sophisticatedly adjusted with the new twist of criticism of the rapid modernisation of mainland China.
December 26, 2010
No es tan buena como su reputacion la precede, aunque si vale la pena. La historia de un estudiante que por necesidad se tiene que "rentar" a hombres para solventar sus estudios y que en el camino se enamora de su mejor cliente, esta bien actuada, puesta en un contexto interesante, pero tiene un severo problema con la edicion y la continuidad, lo cual hace que el sentimiento provocado por los actores no tenga el "punch" emocional deseado en el espectador. Vale la pena rentarla.
September 23, 2010
No storyline but still can catch your feel, that's mean tremendous acting and directing
April 2, 2010
Liu Ye's flamboyant acting was indeed started at the very beginning of his career actually.
November 6, 2009
Winner, most scenes in which characters wake up groggy and still tired in tawdry Beijing apartments. Cigarette, anyone?
May 31, 2009
a bit disappointing :(
½ May 25, 2009
Good love story told in his usual sensitive style by Stanley Kwan.
May 6, 2009
Heart wrenching love story.
½ May 1, 2009
I read the story before the movie (the only translated version of David Fung) I still cry about it to date.
April 21, 2009
Drawn from a novel anonymously posted on the Internet, Stanley Kwan's admirably audacious gay-themed Chinese film was filmed in China without the approval of officials, who surely would have been less than consenting to sanction the filming of a script which included frontal male nudity, sexually straightforward dialogue and allusions to Tiananmen Square and unethical businessmen.

As the second most populous country moves more into the realm of capitalism, homosexuality is still underground, yet in the bar favored by Handong, the central character, for shooting pool and picking up boys things appear more or less on the face. He picks up a country lad, architectural student Lan Yu who needs money to bankroll his education and welcomes Handong's overture just for the money until as expected he discovers that he too is gay, falls in love with the urbane exec, and gets dumped. Dumped, until, naturally, there is an about-face in Handong's situation which backpedals the roles.

The movie, set in Beijing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is opulently crafted, but it is also more or less superficial and creatively stilted. Hu and Liu lay consistent, realistic performances at our feet that glimmer with grief, yearning and sentiment, but their characters feel skin deep, and the film will in all probably prevail in appeal almost exclusively to its target gay audience. The very elementary story appears too obtuse and the progression of the narrative essentially optional. For a film as concise as 86 minutes, this is considerably tardy material.
½ April 6, 2009
Sad love story, a bit realistic but cruel because it seems impossible to love somebody who doesn't love himself.
March 30, 2009
excellent movie about gay relationship.
Very romantic even two men kissed.....I remember depressed few days after reading the book, and learnt the importance of expressing your love feeling to who you care.
March 29, 2009
Love? what si the meaning of love? when u love someone and u cant live with the person because of other reason what is the meaning of ur life? can u live ur life with lie? it's like ur live ur life with no sun.
January 27, 2009
A sensitive portrayal of relationship between two men. A bit slow at some places and a huge gap in some areas. If there is a balance in these areas, it could be the best film I ever seen from Taiwan.
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