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Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Romance, Western  |  November 1991 (USA)
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In 1880's China, young Lalu is sold into marriage by her impoverished father. Rather than becoming a bride, Lalu ends up in an Idaho gold-mining town, the property of a saloon owner who ... See full summary »

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Lalu
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Charlie
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Hong King
Dennis Dun ...
Jim
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Jonas
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Miles
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Ohio
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Berthe
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Li Ping
Chris Evans ...
Sailor #2
Weili Fan ...
Sayan
Evan C. Kim ...
Shun Lee
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Ah Ling
John M. Hosking ...
Watkins
Mary Matvy ...
Françoise
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In 1880's China, young Lalu is sold into marriage by her impoverished father. Rather than becoming a bride, Lalu ends up in an Idaho gold-mining town, the property of a saloon owner who renames her China Polly and plans to sell her as entertainment for the locals. Refusing to become a whore, Lalu ultimately finds her own way in this strange country filled with white demons. Written by Kelley O.

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A testament to the strength of the human spirit

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American Playhouse: Thousand Pieces of Gold  »

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Harsh gloominess gives way to muted optimism
20 December 2001 | by (Norwich,UK) – See all my reviews

Gritty social realist story of Chinese woman Lalu who is sold into slavery in the late 19th century, and taken to a rough mining town in the American west. There she faces a series of humiliations, rejections and triumphs before finding at least a degree of happiness with a sympathetic saloon keeper. By turns both gloomy and sentimental (not necessarily a bad thing) issues of racism and feminism are very much to the fore.


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