Lan Yu Reviews

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.
January 16, 2003
Hu and Liu offer natural, matter-of-fact performances that glint with sorrow, longing and love.
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.
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
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.
August 16, 2002
There is much that is touching in the affair of Lan Yu and Handong.
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
Kwan makes the mix-and- match metaphors intriguing, while lulling us into torpor with his cultivated allergy to action.
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 26, 2002
Deserves high marks for political courage but barely gets by on its artistic merits.
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.
July 3, 2002
Pulpy and mesmerizing.