Lan Yu
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Stanley Kwan.

A gay couple meet, separate, then meet again in this slice of life drama from director Stanley Kwan. Chen Handong (Hu Jun), a successful Beijing businessman, meets the not yet in college Lan Yu (Liu Ye) and they build a relationship. But time and again, Handong drifts away from Lan Yu, first finding another gay lover, later marrying a woman with the idea of starting a family. But each time, Lan Yu remains in his heart. The drama is supposed to cover a time span of over a decade, through Tienamen Square, but the passing of time was difficult to really see. And though it could have been an interesting look at their relationship against a backdrop of Chinese history, the film hardly struck me as Chinese at all. The relationship could have just as easily taken place anywhere, anytime, between any two men. It could have taken place over the course of a year or ten years. I suppose this universality may be appealing to some, I found it only made the film less engaging. An outstanding performance by Hu Jun does not save the picture. Even at only 81 minutes (the DVD says 87, but I say, a lot of end credits), the film goes on and on, seemingly endlessly. Reminded me of the far better Wong Kar-Wai film HAPPY TOGETHER.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 13, 2004.


May I get the main song in Lan Yu movie?
Free down load please

Posted by: Vincent at August 3, 2006 12:14 AM
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