Lan Yu (2001)

STANLEY KWAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Hong Kong/China2001.  Kwan’s Creation Workshop, Yongning Creation Workshop.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by William Chang.  Film Editing by William Chang.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.  

A businessman visiting Beijing just before the riot in Tiananmen Square picks up Lan Yu, a college student willing to do anything for cash. What our businessman doesn’t know is that his conquest is a very sensitive and slightly naive young man who is capable of vast amounts of generous love, and soon the two start a very passionate romance. The usual dramatics (someone cheats, someone leaves, the businessman wants to marry a woman for the appearance of normality) all come in their due time, and there’s really nothing bad you can say about it. The film is well paced, appropriately short and never in any way spectacular except one: these guys have a lot of chemistry, and the loves scenes are wonderfully sexy.

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