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Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (2002)

Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother's financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Lai
Shuck Wong
Alvin Ng
Donald Fong ...
Nelson Zong
Ada Lai
Hun Ping Wong
Lee-Tai-Tai / Yeu Wong
Kevin Yee ...
Peter Lai (as Kameron Louangxay)
Ernie the Manager (as Benjamin Ratner)
So Yee Shum ...
Lee-Tai-Tai's Customer
Cute Delivery Guy


Mindy Ho, an eccentric, strong-minded 12-year-old, stages Taoist magical experiments to save her harried single mother from financial and romantic ruin. Her misdirected charms appear to cause an aging security guard to lose his job and a local butcher to win the lottery, ultimately forcing each man to face his worst fears. Whether it's through Mindy's spells, her monumental sense of purpose--or it's that life's mysterious logic is at work--her mother's drab existence is enlivened. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Release Date:

January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hosszú élet, öröm és bőség  »

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1.85 : 1
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Not a very good movie
11 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is made by a Canadian Chinese director who does not understand Chinese culture. She does not even speak the language. Now, how many chinese people who speak perfect English would work in a chinese restaurant as portrayed in the movie? Many things are exaggerated about the chinese culture and unfortunately, it creates new stereotypes unheard of before. Immigrant families will not make the 2nd generation continue in the same 'profession' - as what the BBQ store guy tried to do in the movie.

People may find this movie sweet with the cute little girl running around trying to create a witch's brew with ideas created for this movie only. Non of this exists in chinese cultural supersticion.

And what's up with the Sandra Oh girl? She is being used for the 2nd time in Mina shum's movies, they must be best friends... using a Korean to portray a Chinese is nuts.

In summary, if you are someone from a chinese culture and understands it clearly, you will be scratching your head after watching this movie. Otherwise, those viewing from the outside will get a chuckle and will wonder more if this is actually what's going on inside a chinese family.

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