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 7, 2003
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 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
A beautifully crafted love story that should stand as a career breakthrough for the subtle Hong Kong stylist Stanley Kwan.
August 16, 2002
For the simplicity and strength of its emotional core, Lan Yu is an exquisite film.
August 16, 2002
There is much that is touching in the affair of Lan Yu and Handong.
July 26, 2002
Brave and sweetly rendered love story.
July 26, 2002
Though Lan Yu lacks a sense of dramatic urgency, the film makes up for it with a pleasing verisimilitude.
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.
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.
July 23, 2002
Kwan is a master of shadow, quietude, and room noise, and Lan Yu is a disarmingly lived-in movie.
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