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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.

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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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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Quotes

Mr. Shi: [tries to explain] Communist no bad.
[sentence in Chinese]
Mr. Shi: Communist in bad hand.
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Wayne Wang Returns To Form
7 December 2008 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

The films of Wayne Wang are an acquired taste. His early films,such as 'Eat A Bowl Of Tea','Dim Sum:A Little Bit Of Heart',and his best known film 'The Joy Luck Club' are meditations on the Asian lifestyle in the United States. If your tastes are aimed at explosions,car chases, mindless teen sex romps,bathroom humour,then avoid Wang's films at all costs. If you like a well written screenplay that doesn't dwell on car chases,explosions,toilet humour & all the rest that make for just another descent into the cinematic sewer,then you just may get your groove on with the films of Wayne Wang. Here,a elderly Chinese widower comes to the U.S. to visit his adult daughter (and try to run her life), while adjusting to the American experience (or at least trying to adjust). Toss in an attempted friendship with a widow from Iran,mix in some long hidden family secrets, and we have ourselves the formula for a real human drama. The cast,mainly made up of unknowns,make this slowly paced (but never boring)drama an alternative to the formulaic Hollywood garbage that always seems to be the centre of attention at the local multiplexes. No rating,but outside of the discreet mention of extra marital affairs,nothing to offend here.


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