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Lan Yu
     

Lan Yu

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Director: Stanley Kwan, Hu Jun, Li Huatong, Lu Fang

Cast: Stanley Kwan, Hu Jun, Li Huatong, Lu Fang

 
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

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0712267220021
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Strand Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:26:00

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

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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Lan Yu 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.