A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Henry O and Vida Ghahremani share A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (Magnolia Pictures)

Shot in Spokane, Washington, Wayne Wang’s new film A Thousand Years of Good Prayers marks the director’s return both to independent filmmaking and to telling stories about the Chinese experience in America.

Wang made a name for himself with Chan is Missing in 1982, a low-budget feature about a couple of Asian-American cabbies circling San Francisco’s Chinatown in search of the mutual friend who robbed them. For the next decade, culminating in a 1993 adaptation of Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club, Wang brought Asian-themed domestic chronicles from art houses to the mainstream.

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