Dennis Dun as Jim and Rosalind Chao as Lalu in Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.
A part of the journey from China to the West as portrayed in Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.
Michael Paul Chan as Hong King in Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.
Dennis Dun as Jim and Rosalind Chao as Lalu in Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.
Chris Cooper as Charlie in Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.
Chris Cooper as Charlie and Rosalind Chao as Lalu in Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.
Michael Paul Chan as Hong King and Chris Cooper as Charlie in Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.
Producer / editor Kenji Yamamoto and producer / director Nancy Kelly on set.
Director Nancy Kelly sets up a shot for THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.
THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD star Rosalind Chao confers with director Nancy Kelly.
Director Nancy Kelly in command on the set of THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.

Thousand Pieces of Gold

Nancy Kelly, 1990, U.S.

With theaters closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this film was released in Kino Marquee virtual cinemas supporting independent art houses. Click here to learn more and see where it played.

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. Nancy Kelly became a victim of prejudice against women directors within the American film industry and was never offered another movie to direct in spite of extraordinary reviews from critics, some of whom compared her talent to that of John Ford.

Details

  • In English

Formats

  • Blu-ray
  • DCP
  • DVD

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