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A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

A woman in her early 40s moves from China to America to start a new life.When her father comes to visit their social and generational conflicts reveal the darker lies and cover-ups within her family durinig the Cultural Revolution.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: There's nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it's a film you'll want to befriend.

- Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fresh: This is a nice, quietly heartwarming film. The tone really got through to me. I never laughed out loud, but always had a steady grin. Charming.

- Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A keenly observed portrait of a parent and child estranged by geography, language, ideology and generation. In other words, a universal story of family in the age of globalization.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, November 20, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Beautifully directed by Wayne Wang with his intimate subtle styie and great performance by Henry O as the father who comes from China to live in the U.S. with his daughter after many years of being apart. Very touching film.

- svmainus, Thursday, May 28, 2009

4 stars

font=Century Gothic]Sensitively directed by Wayne Wang, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" is a deeply moving film about Shi(Henry O), a retired rocket scientist and widower, going to vist his daughter Yilan(Faye Yu) in America. Yilan at first eats dinner with her father but soon gets annoyed and starts avoiding him which is strange behavior considering this may be the last time they ever see each other./font] font=Century Gothic]/font] font=Century Gothic]Her benign neglect reminded me of "Tokyo Story" in its lamenting of how badly treated the elderly are in society but in this case, it runs both ways, a reminder of how it is the generation gap that makes communication even more difficult than any language barrier. For example, despite his limited command of English, Shi manages well on his own and makes the acquaintance of others including a pair of Mormon missionaries. They quote from the Book of Mormon to which he replies with a quote from Marx.(I'll have to remember that for future reference...) This just goes to show that Shi is from a generation when Communism was still the orthodoxy in China. But now, he lives in a country that has changed massively and traveled to a strange country that he seeks to comprehend./font]

- gator681, Monday, September 29, 2008

3 stars

A captivating movie that follows a lonely widower's journey to see his estranged daughter in America. Leaving poignant memories behind in China, Mr. Shi truly hopes that he can reconnect with his daughter, Yilan, and set upon a path where he can truly embrace the genuine meaning of family and fatherhood. He enters a country where the culture is stranger than the language itself, and surprisingly connects and befriends an elderly Iranian woman in a neighboring park. Mr. Shi realizes that in order to fully accept the present circumstances with his daughter, the past must also be fully recognized and accepted whether the many years that have come and gone. Henry O, Feihong Yu, Vida Ghahremani, and Pasha D. Lychnikoff stars. Worthy!

- iLeo, Sunday, February 27, 2011