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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 10 April 2008 (Germany)
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The book is a collection of stories about life in modern China and the United States.



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A Chinese man travels to America to visit his estranged daughter after her recent divorce. Though his trip starts off as a mission to see his daughter remarry, he sparks to an Iranian woman who, despite their language barrier, captures his heart. Written by Anonymous

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$10,321 (USA) (19 September 2008)


$76,106 (USA) (24 October 2008)

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Mr. Shi: [tries to explain] Communist no bad.
[sentence in Chinese]
Mr. Shi: Communist in bad hand.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »


Performed by The National Tartarstan Orchestra
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25 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie felt like it lasted over 1,000 years. A really bad soap opera masquerading as a meaningful family "drama" exploring generational and cultural barriers. There is not one genuine moment in its bloated running length. An anamorphic screen image can't disguise what an amateurish production this is – the acting is especially laughable. Story in a nutshell: elderly Chinese man comes to The States to visit his daughter. The father is hoping (and pushing) to become a grandfather. Pathos and a lot of moping ensue. Yawn. The void between father & daughter is played out in interminable dinner scenes. The only thing more boring are the excruciating park bench pidgin English dialogue scenes between the father and an Iranian woman he befriends. Daughter's Russian boyfriend is a cardboard cutout of a joke – like everyone in this epic. And oh yeah, the most unintentionally hilarious line of the movie, "You were never a rocket scientist."

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