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Lan Yu (2001)
Although this movie is pretty limited in everything (scenes mostly confine to indoors, simple storyline, characters mostly just talk and do mundane stuff like eating), I still like it because it was able to pull me into the story and makes me care for the characters in it especially Lan Yu.
Both lead actors acted well in their respective roles and have good chemistry. Their interaction is very natural and they really look like they love each other. I especially like looking at Liu Ye's facial expressions.
I think Stanley Kwan made the right choice in focusing on the lovers. Honestly, like another reviewer said, I really don't care about what happen in Handong's marriage, or the details in Tiananmen Square or Handong's shady business. I also don't care that the movie didn't reflect any Chinese culture or make any social commentary. What I really care about is only Handong and Lan Yu.
But I didn't give this movie 10 stars because Stanley Kwan/the scriptwriter could have done better with the time-line. He should make the time-line clearer, how much time has passed between each stage of the development of their relationship. The movie also could have been longer. It's too short!! :(
The ending is actually pretty well done (although I still hate it). Made me want to cry when the song came on. The song lyrics is very suitable for this ending.