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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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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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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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Stark but touching: the epitome of a small film done well
19 June 2009 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

1000 years is a small film built on a simple premise: a Chinese father visits his daughter. He is nearing the end of life and the film is at all times reflective and quiet. His daughter is recovering from a bad divorce and they have never felt close. He arrives in America feeling alienated and the film centers around themes of reaching out and alienation. He makes friends in the park with an Farsi woman - they don't share language, but they share communication.

Of course, the journey they all take is in their conversations and silences is the film.

If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea then you won't enjoy this: however if you can let this wash over you it is surprisingly involving and beautifully rendered.

It is film for the mature, the small gestures and meanings of the words in different languages hold meanings within meaning but there is something implicitly human on display here.

Shot in natural tones with a washed out feel to it the cinematography lends much.

One to be savored and strongly reminiscent of Swedish cinema this is real film in one sense, but it fails in being too staged in places.

All in all a small film that will appeal to those who enjoy reality in film.


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