Lan Yu - A film by Stanley Kwan
"... not only one of the best gay love stories ever made, but one of the best love stories..."
David Noh, FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
Chris Gore, FILM THREAT
"Assured, vital and well wrought..."
Kevin Thomas, L.A. TIMES
Beijing, 1988. On the cusp of middle-age, Chen Handong has known little but success all his life. The eldest son of a senior bureaucrat, he heads a fast-growing trading company and plays as hard as he works. Few know that Handong`s tastes run more to boys than girls.
Lan Yu is a country boy, newly arrived in Beijing to study architecture. More than most students, he is short of money and willing to try anything to earn some. He meets Hangdong in a pool hall, and has what turns out to be a life-changing sexual initiation.
Handong and Lan Yu meet often, and the boy is soon secure in his love for the man. But Handong insists that he wants a play-mate, not a companion, and warns Lan Yu that they will eventually break up. Lan Yu is undeterred, until the night he catches Handong with another boy.
Handong gives him lavish gifts - a newly built villa and a car - and they begin living together. But again, Handong shies away from his feelings for the boy.
But fate can play cruel tricks...