Interview with "Joy Luck Club" director

About "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers":
A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS follows Mr. Shi, a widower and a retired man from Beijing. When Yilan, his only daughter who lives in the US, has a divorce, he decides to visit her in the small town where she works as a librarian. His intention is to stay with her until he helps her recover from the trauma. He is a "rocket scientist", Mr. Shi likes to tell people he meets in America, and enjoys their attention. But Yilan acts less enthusiastic about his presence, nor is she interested in his plan to rescue her marriage and reconstruct her life. When Mr. Shi persists in finding out the reason for the divorce, Yilan starts to avoid him. Facing a confrontation with Yilan's that Mr. Shi has never been prepared to face, he finally accepts things as they are, and reaches a small understanding with his daughter and her life.

A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS was the opening night film of the 2008 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.


Wayne Wang - Director/Producer
Wayne Wang's filmmaking career spans 30 years. Since he made his first feature in 1975 while a student at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA), Wang's career has been a saga encompassing the American filmmaking experience: immigrant beginnings, rapid education and acculturation, immersion in ethnic politics, pioneering of the low-budget DIY ethic, Hollywood success and now a renewed return to roots. Wang is a key figure in the development of independent filmmaking, alternating major Hollywood studio films such as THE JOY LUCK CLUB with smaller, independent work like SMOKE. Continuing to work in the two different worlds, Wang directed an independent digital film, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, with Molly Parker and Peter Sarsgaard, followed by Sony/Revolution's hit comedy MAID IN MANHATTAN with Jennifer Lopez. His latest Hollywood film was LAST HOLIDAY with Queen Latifah and Gerald Depardieu.

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