A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

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Released 2007

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Director:
Wayne Wang
Released:
2007
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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is a 2007 film that is based on the book of short stories written by Yiyun Li and details the troubled relationship of a father and daughter. In the film, Mr. Shi (Henry O) travels from his homeland of Beijing, China to visit his daughter, Yilan (Yu Feihang) in America. His daughter has been recently divorced and he is going to visit her with hopes of helping her get over her divorce. The two have had a strained relationship, which only worsened after the death of her mother. Upon his visit, Mr. Shi tries to form a bond with his daughter, but when he pries into the reasons for her divorce she continually shuts him out. As her father pressures her to talk about an alleged affair she had while married, Yilan snaps back about his transgressions that she heard about. After everything is out in the open, the two may actually be able to form a bond that has so far seemed impossible to do.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Rich in revealing detail and apt in its use of everyday Spokane settings, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers shows that Wang remains a master explorer of the landscape of the human h...

  • 70

    The New York Times Nathan Lee

    A gentle, pleasantly unrushed piece of moviemaking. There's a tonic simplicity to how it gets the job done, and if the film comes off as fairly conventional stuff, it nevertheless ...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A quiet work with Ozu-like structure and concerns, but remains more an intellectual exercise than one from the heart.

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