Lan Yu

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Overview

Stanley Kwan, one of Hong Kong's few openly gay filmmakers, directed this drama that blends a same-sex love story into a tableau of China's tumultuous recent history. In 1988, Lan Yu (Liu Ye) is a college student from rural China who has just arrived in Beijing, where he intends to pursue his studies -- and where he begins to acknowledge his sexual leanings. While visiting a gay bar, Lan Yu meets Hangdong (Hu Jan), a successful businessman whose father is an important Communist Party official. Hangdong finds Lan ...
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Overview

Stanley Kwan, one of Hong Kong's few openly gay filmmakers, directed this drama that blends a same-sex love story into a tableau of China's tumultuous recent history. In 1988, Lan Yu (Liu Ye) is a college student from rural China who has just arrived in Beijing, where he intends to pursue his studies -- and where he begins to acknowledge his sexual leanings. While visiting a gay bar, Lan Yu meets Hangdong (Hu Jan), a successful businessman whose father is an important Communist Party official. Hangdong finds Lan Yu attractive and they begin an affair, but while this marks Lan Yu's first significant relationship with another man, Hangdong thinks little of it and soon takes up with another handsome student. Lan Yu is crushed by Hangdong's infidelity and breaks off their relationship, but several months later, Hangdong discovers Lan Yu is one of the students demonstrating against the Communist leadership in Tiananmen Square. Worried after the student massacre by Chinese troops, Hangdong tracks down Lan Yu and discovers he survived the attack. Lan Yu and Hangdong soon pick up their relationship where they left off, but Hangdong is afraid that if his sexual orientation becomes public knowledge, it will ruin his business, so he breaks off with Lan Yu and marries a woman in a failed bid to become more "respectable." Lan Yu is based on a Chinese erotic novel known as Beijing Story, which circulated on the Internet with authorship credited to "Beijing Comrade."
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Special Features

Exclusive Sundance channel interview with Stanley Kwan; Optional English subtitles; Presented in letterbox
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • UPC: 712267220021
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,944

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hu Jun Chen Hangdong
Li Huatong Liu Zheng
Lu Fang Yongdong
Technical Credits
Stanley Kwan Director
William Chang Editor, Production Designer
Jimmy Ngai Screenwriter
Yang Tao Cinematographer
Wang Xueyi Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Intro [5:35]
2. Trick [9:11]
3. Passion [9:18]
4. Warning [7:18]
5. Home [18:16]
6. Wedding [14:17]
7. Trouble [6:29]
8. Domestic [9:48]
9. Memories [6:10]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapters
   Trailers
      His Secret Life
      Cockettes
      Borstal Boy
      The Iron Ladies
   Subtitles
      On
      Off
   Sundance Channel Interview With Stanley Kwan
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!!!

    As a student and one who favors foreign movies, and those depicting Chinese life and/or culture in particular, this movie proved to be very enjoyable. Its potrayal of a deep relationship between two lovers (who are homosexual and in China no less), is immensely charming. Furthermore, the manner in which the film ends has an ability to elicit rather profound insights, which regard the highly ephemeral nature of life (as it so often seems). This film is very highly recommended. Such characters, as Lan Yu himself, can be difficult to forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Nothing like what you'd expect

    This film is one the greatest that I've ever seen. It takes the simplest and most complex aspect of life--love--and portrays its ups and downs perfectly. You don't have to like Asian films to love it, you don't have to be ok with homosexuality to feel a tug on your heart strings for the love between Lan Yu and Handong Chen. This is a new classic.

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