Lan Yu

Strand Releasing   (2001) / Region 1
Lan Yu

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"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


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added May 14 2003
  • Production Year 2001
  • Empire SKU 533481
  • UPC Code 712267220021
  • Studio  Strand Releasing
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


Exclusive Sundance Channel Interview With Stanley Kwan


  • Audio
    Mandarin Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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