A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (US/Japan/South Korea, 2007, 83 mins.): Few directors have been as successful and capable of straddling Hollywood and the independent film scene as director Wayne Wang. After films like Maid in Manhattan, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Last Holiday, the 2007 twin productions—The Princess of Nebraska and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers—find Wang back on the familiar territory of Chinese America, where films like Chan is Missing, Dim Sum, Eat a Bowl of Tea, and The Joy Luck Club have solidified in the past Wang’s reputation as a distinctive Asian American filmmaker. A Thousand Years of Good Prayers updates the Chinese American narrative for a contemporary audience: Henry O plays a Chinese man who arrives to live in the United States with his daughter, only to discover the complexities and travails of cultural differences. But his developing relationship with an Iranian woman soon shifts his worldview in unexpected ways.

Synopsis by Kenneth Chan