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Lan Yu (2001)
Starring: Su Jin, Lui Ye
Director: Stanley Kwan
Category: Gay, Avant Garde, Foreign
Studio: Strand Releasing
86 mins



"One of the best gay love stories ever made." -David Noh, Film Journal

Lan Yu, directed by internationally acclaimed, Stanley Kwan (Rouge and The Actress) is a gay romantic drama set in Beijing during the Tianamen Square massacre.

"Lan Yu is the name of a young architecture student (Liu Ye) who, in need of money, ends up in the bed of a successful Beijing businessman, Chen Handong (played by prominent stage actor Hu Jun). The boy falls in love with the man, who wants anything but an emotional entanglement. A master of one-upmanship, Chen staves off Lan Yu's affections with more and more expensive gifts-and even, briefly, marries, installing the boy as his lover in a villa he buys for him-only gradually coming to acknowledge, as the years pass, that he can't live without him. It's a wise, moving love story...played out with an emotional honesty that would be unusual and adventurous in any language."
-David Ansen, Newsweek


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