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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)

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The book is a collection of stories about life in modern China and the United States.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writers:

Yiyun Li (novel), Yiyun Li (stories)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Henry O Henry O ... Mr. Shi
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Boris
Feihong Yu ... Yilan
Vida Ghahremani ... Madam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Megan Albertus Megan Albertus ... Forensics Girl
Wes Deitrick ... Antique Owner
Angela Dierdorff Petro Angela Dierdorff Petro ... Maggie
Brian Gibbons Brian Gibbons ... elder Leach
Erick Hollenbaugh Erick Hollenbaugh ... elder Reilly
Richard Howard Richard Howard ... Maintenance man
Armand Jalayeri Armand Jalayeri ... Guard
Liz Mathews Liz Mathews ... Business Woman
Chris Norton Chris Norton ... Bus driver
Andrea Petty Andrea Petty ... Middle aged woman
Zinat Reich Zinat Reich ... Madam's friend
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Persian

Release Date:

10 April 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mil años de oración See more »

Filming Locations:

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,321, 21 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$76,106, 26 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Mr. Shi: [tries to explain] Communist no bad.
[sentence in Chinese]
Mr. Shi: Communist in bad hand.
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Katioucha
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A Fine Film Worthy of the Awards.
17 March 2008 | by reports88See all my reviews

There is some warning in this story and it is well worth watching. Henry O performs admirably in his role as the watchful father that harbors his own secrets. His best intentions fall short of the mark and despite his efforts, life seems to follow a path that is not of his making.

The writer and author is revealed in the title. Just search on it. If you don't like stories like this or Samuel Beckets "Waiting for Godot" (all on a park bench) then don't watch it. I found the story humorous and uplifting but it saddened and worried me that the relationship between a father and his child will not get better.

This is a good film and deserves its awards.


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