New York Times - 09/19/2008
"[A] gentle, pleasantly unrushed piece of moviemaking....A THOUSAND YEARS studies the subtle day-to-day tensions between Mr. Shi and Yilan before building, in its circumspect way, to a big emotional resolution."
Los Angeles Times - 09/26/2008
"[Q]uiet, understated....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 heart."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/03/2008
"PRAYERS is a spare, controlled study in communication gaps and a piercing sketch of suburban American loneliness." -- Grade: B+
After working on mainstream Hollywood comedies such as MAID IN MANHATTAN and THE LAST HOLIDAY, director Wayne Wang returns to independent dramas with A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS. In this film, Mr. Shi (Henry O) comes to the United States to see his divorced daughter, Yilan (Faye Yu). Mr. Shi soon discovers that it wasn't just age and the distance separating him from his daughter, and he tries to learn more about Yilan, despite her best efforts.
A woman in her early 40s moves from China to America to start a new life. Her father comes to visit her because of her recent divorce. Their generational and cultural conflicts end up revealing the darker lies and cover-ups within her family during the cultural revolution.