Thousand Pieces of Gold

1991

Romance / Western

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IMDb Rating 6.9

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Reviewed by Prof_Lostiswitz 10

A gorgeous and very intelligent movie. Highly unusual to make a western from the Chinese point of view, also to make one from the woman&#39;s point of view.<br/><br/>These people do it without sentimentality; there&#39;s never a false note in it. Lalu has three strikes against her: an ethnic Mongol in China, a woman in a male culture, a Chinese in America. Yet she can draw on her warrior traditions forb a sense of pride inaccessible to most of her compatriots.<br/><br/>The relationships she gets into seem totally real; at the same time, there is no attempt to cover up the ugly reality of white racism (not that the Chinese men are much better than the Americans).<br/><br/>This is how the old west must have been, and this movie gives us an honest and dramatic portrayal. It deserves to be much better known.

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Reviewed by tim_o_callaghan 7

Gritty social realist story of Chinese woman Lalu who is sold into slavery in the late 19th century, and taken to a rough mining town in the American west. There she faces a series of humiliations, rejections and triumphs before finding at least a degree of happiness with a sympathetic saloon keeper. By turns both gloomy and sentimental (not necessarily a bad thing) issues of racism and feminism are very much to the fore.

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Reviewed by dphelan-1 7

I wish this fantastic film were available on DVD. I own the VHS and find it more compelling with each viewing. Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper ( who later went on to win an Academy Award) give topnotch performances and make me believe in the power of love and redemption. Their slowly building relationship in a hostile world and its low-key but very powerful denouement is a textbook in fine acting.The historical period has been covered before but never from the point of view of a Chinese immigrant woman. Lalu&#39;s courage, strength and intelligence as well as her sensuous exotic beauty are inspirational. As Charlie, Cooper gives a fine portrayal of a decent if flawed man who triumphs in the end. A real classic!

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