Thousand Pieces of Gold

1990

Romance / Western

111
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 525

Synopsis


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Cast

Chris Cooper as J.D. Salinger
Dennis Dun as Jim
Michael Paul Chan as Hong King
Rosalind Chao as Lalu / Polly
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981.46 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
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23.976 fps
105 min
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1.78 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
105 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Prof_Lostiswitz 10 / 10 / 10

A Golden Piece of Drama

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's point of view. These people do it without sentimentality; there'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. 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). 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.

Reviewed by tim_o_callaghan 8 / 10 / 10

Harsh gloominess gives way to muted optimism

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.

Reviewed by mjneu59 8 / 10 / 10

the Old West from a different perspective

By 1990 pundits were dismissing the Western as a moribund genre, but here was more proof to the contrary: a thoughtful, intelligent frontier drama (from the book by Ruthanne Lum McCunn) about a reluctant young Chinese mail-order bride who learns how to overcome both racial and sexual discrimination after being sold into virtual slavery and shipped to a remote Idaho mining camp. The story offers a fresh look at familiar Far Western terrain from a unique and otherwise neglected Far Eastern perspective: through the eyes of Chinese immigrants who, as much as anyone, helped win the West. The heroine's rocky path to independence is softened somewhat by romantic interest from a sympathetic (and racially color blind) saloon owner, but even in love she never loses her dignity or identity. Likewise the film itself maintains its quiet feminist integrity, by successfully navigating the fine line between sensitivity and soap. Beautifully shot in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with careful attention to authentic period mood and detail.

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