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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers -- A woman in her early 40s moves from China to America to start a new life.  Her father comes to visit her because of her recent divorce.  Their social and generational conflicts reveal the darker lies and cover-ups within her family during the Cultural Revolution.
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Yiyun Li (novel) and
Yiyun Li (stories)
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Release Date:
10 April 2008 (Germany) See more »
The book is a collection of stories about life in modern China and the United States. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Henry O ... Mr. Shi

Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Boris

Feihong Yu ... Yilan

Vida Ghahremani ... Madam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Megan Albertus ... Forensics Girl
Wes Deitrick ... Antique Owner
Angela Dierdorff Petro ... Maggie
Brian Gibbons ... elder Leach
Erick Hollenbaugh ... elder Reilly
Richard Howard ... Maintenance man
Armand Jalayeri ... Guard
Liz Mathews ... Business Woman
Chris Norton ... Bus driver
Andrea Petty ... Middle aged woman
Zinat Reich ... Madam's friend

Ryan Sanson ... Plane Passenger
Tracy Schornick ... Troy
Trent Sweeney ... Boy

Patrick Treadway ... Homeless Man
Lonny W. Waddle ... City Bus Passenger
Jared Wagner ... Airport Greeter

Directed by
Wayne Wang 
Writing credits
Yiyun Li (novel)

Yiyun Li  stories
Michael Ray  script consultant

Produced by
Rich Cowan .... producer
Lee Joo-Ick .... executive producer
Yukie Kito .... producer (as Yuki'e Kitô)
Yasushi Kotani .... executive producer
Juan A. Mas .... supervising producer
Taizo Son .... executive producer
Wayne Wang .... producer
Original Music by
Lesley Barber 
Cinematography by
Patrick Lindenmaier 
Film Editing by
Jason McKee (addtional editor) (as Jason Mckee)
Deirdre Slevin 
Casting by
Nike Imoru 
Todd Thaler  (as Todd M. Thaler)
Production Design by
Vincent DeFelice 
Set Decoration by
Dan Beyer 
Costume Design by
Lisa Caryl-Vukas  (as Lisa Caryl)
Makeup Department
Trista Jordan .... key makeup artist
Mike Meyers .... hair stylist
Taci Van Leuven .... assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rich Cowan .... first assistant director
Lynn Wegenka .... second assistant director
Art Department
Amber Grunte .... set dresser
Pete Moroz .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Heather Gross .... sound effects editor
Stephen Jones .... boom operator
Allen Lau .... assistant sound editor
Cate Montana .... adr editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Tom Taylor .... sound mixer
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Clifford .... second assistant camera
Brianne Cronkhite .... second assistant camera
Philipp Koller .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Mackie .... electrician
Dan Misner .... dolly grip
Mike Vukas .... gaffer
Casting Department
Philip Huffman .... casting associate
Colin Johnson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Cook .... set costumer
Hilary Winkworth .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Jason McKee .... assistant editor (as Jason Mckee)
Renannah Weinstein .... assistant editor
Jason A. Payne .... additional editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Lesley Barber .... conductor
Lesley Barber .... orchestrator
Jeff Wolpert .... scoring mixer
Neil Parfitt .... scoring music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Philip A. Anderson .... picture car coordinator (as Philip Allister Anderson)
Adam C. Boyd .... driver: cast
Bart Heimburger .... transportation coordinator
John Petty .... transportation captain
Other crew
Craig Binkley .... location manager
Adam C. Boyd .... production assistant
Anna Chi .... mandarin scenes co-executed
Cheryl Cowan .... script supervisor
Thomas Dineen .... assistant production coordinator
Brad Harland .... production accountant
Mollie Mraz .... production assistant
Gretchen Oyster .... key set production assistant
Travis Pell .... production assistant
Frederic Perrin .... caterer
Luke Swain .... production assistant
Kurt Wetherill .... production assistant

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Germany:83 min | Canada:83 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:83 min | Argentina:83 min
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Did You Know?

Mr. Shi:[tries to explain] Communist no bad.
[sentence in Chinese]
Mr. Shi:Communist in bad hand.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Teen Wolf: The Tell (#1.5)" (2011)See more »
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17 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
More like ten thousand, 25 October 2007
Author: rrfrank from United States

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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