Thousand Pieces of Gold

NR | 1 hr. 45 min.
Opened Wednesday, December 31st
Poster of Thousand Pieces of Gold
Still of Thousand Pieces of Gold

Synopsis

Set in a mining town in the 1880s, Thousand Pieces of Gold is based on the classic novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn with a screenplay by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace (Tribal Justice). Upon its release in 1990, the film won immediate acclaim for its portrayal of the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery. She is trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho's gold country. Eventually Charlie (Chris Cooper), a man of different ilk, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust. Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo.

Director

Nancy Kelly

Cast

Beth Broderick, Kim Chan, Michael Paul Chan, Rosalind Chao, George Cheung

Advisory

Rated NR