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  • Summary: Adapted from the internet novel "Beijing Story," this is the story of a young gay student and his relationship with an older man set against the uprising of Tiananmen Square. (Strand Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
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  1. 83
    This is a beautiful, moving picture about a love affair between two very different Chinese men.
  2. Assured, vital and well wrought, the film is, arguably, the most accomplished work to date from Hong Kong's versatile Stanley Kwan.
  3. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    It's really just old- fashioned melodrama, dressed up with lustrous cinematography and a few nods to history.
  4. Lan Yu is like a less dizzily gorgeous companion to Mr. Wong's "In the Mood for Love" -- very much a Hong Kong movie despite its mainland setting.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    60
    This delicately observed story, deeply felt and masterfully stylized, is a triumph for its maverick director.
  6. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    50
    Might spark controversy in mainland China, not only because it deals with a homosexual relationship between a member of the Chinese establishment and a peasant, but also because it touches on events such as the 1989 massacre in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. However, pic is unlikely to raise eyebrows anywhere else.
  7. This well-directed Hong Kong drama is at its best when it captures the casual affection that grows between the main characters. It also touches on important Chinese social and political themes, but Kwan understates these so sketchily that they build little psychological power.

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