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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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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Mr. Shi: [tries to explain] Communist no bad.
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Pointless Family Drama that Goes Nowhere
25 February 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The retired rocket scientist Mr. Kun Shi (Henry O) arrives in the United States of America to visit his daughter Yilan (Feihong Yu), who moved twelve years ago from China to America with her husband Keming and now is divorced. Mr. Shi tries to approach to his estranged daughter and expect to help her to find another husband. Meanwhile he befriends an Iranian old lady (Vida Ghahremani) in a park, and despite their language barrier and difficulties, they meet each other everyday. When Mr. Shi sees his daughter with the Russian Boris (Pasha D. Lychnikoff) late night, they finally have a honest conversation with each other.

"A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" is a pointless family drama that goes nowhere. The story has a promising beginning with the encounter of an old Chinese with his estranged daughter and with an Iranian woman, but the plot and subplots are not well resolved and are cold and emotionless. Maybe if I had had a lesser expectation, I could have liked this little film more. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Mil Anos de Orações" ("A Thousand Years of Prayers")


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