Lan Yu (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 November 2001 (Hong Kong)
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Beijing, 1988. On the cusp of middle-age, Chen Handong has known little but success all his life. The eldest son of a senior government bureaucrat, he heads a fast-growing trading company ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Lan Yu
Chen Handong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bin Li
Huatong Li ...
Liu Zheng
Shuang Li ...
Fang Lu ...
Jin Su ...
Lin Jingping
Shaohua Zhang ...
Niu Ma
Yongning Zhang ...
Minfen Zhao ...
Handong's mother


Beijing, 1988. On the cusp of middle-age, Chen Handong has known little but success all his life. The eldest son of a senior government 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 has run into Liu Zheng, who pragmatically suggests that he could prostitute himself for one night to a gay pool-hall and bar owner. But Handong happens to be in the pool hall that evening, and he nixes the deal. He takes Lan Yu home himself and gives the young man what turns out to be a life-changing sexual initiation. Handong and Lan Yu meet often, and the boy is soon very secure in his love for the man. But Handong insists that he wants a play-mate, not a lifelong companion, and warns Lan Yu that they will eventually break up. Meanwhile, he showers... Written by Strand Releasing <>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and some language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

22 November 2001 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Histoire d'hommes à Pékin  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,838 (USA) (12 July 2002)


$116,192 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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Did You Know?


Liu Ye and Hun Jun worked on their rapport only four times before production, playing basketball (of which Liu at 6-foot-1 was a star player at school) and dining. They spent time with their respective girlfriend and wife present, to clarify their romance will only be fictional. See more »


When Chen Handong takes Lan Yu home for the first time, an American television show is playing in the background, and the announcer says "not only is Los Angeles the largest city in California, but it is also the state capitol." This is wrong, Sacramento is the state capitol of California. See more »

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Good Story
13 January 2007 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

Well it's really a good story but not too very good movie, since the DVD that I watched had many deleted scene which makes me feeling upset because I can't understand the movie completely. However Lan Yu is a really good gay's movie its portray a beautiful love story and great performance from both of the main actors. I can feel Lan Yu's and Han Dong's emotions which makes me deeply sad and fell happy because I've had chance to see such a good movie. Even though it's not a happy ending but at least they've both already known about true love. And the soundtrack is good especially the lyric its almost describe exactly the same with what lan yu's felt.

If you feel bore with man-woman love story or just want to see a good movie and want to see something new, you have to watch this movie.

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