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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 10 April 2008 (Germany)
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A Chinese man travels to America to visit his 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.

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 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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Quotes

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 »

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Katioucha
Performed by The National Tartarstan Orchestra
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More like ten thousand
25 October 2007 | by rrfrankSee 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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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

Gross USA:

$76,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,665,585
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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