Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans' Strand Releasing has acquired US rights to two Asian films - Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan's latest picture Lan Yu and Japanese director Hashiguchi Ryosuke's romantic comedy Hush!

Lan Yu is set in Beijing just before the Tiananmen Square revolt and tells the story of the a communist businessman and his developing love affair with a young male student. It stars Jun Hu and Ye Liu and screened in this week's Toronto International Film Festival. Strand, which bought the film from Celluloid Dreams, will open the film in 2002.

Hush! which played in Directors Fortnight at Cannes this year, is a romantic comedy acquired from Fortissimo Film Sales. It tells the story of a modern Japanese gay couple and their efforts to start a family.