HIFF is honored to present THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD as part of HIFF Virtual Cinema! Stay home, stay healthy and rent a film in our very own online multiplex. HIFF receives 50% of every ticket sold. It is a great way to support us during this time and see new films!
Join us in conversation on Saturday, May 16 at 4PM HST with THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD director Nancy Kelly, producer Kenji Yamamoto, and star Rosalind Chao (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) as we discuss the 4K restoration and re-release of this once dismissed classic East-meets-western, featuring an incredible cast and timely subject matter. HIFF Artistic Director, Anderson Le will lead the panel and you are invited to join in on the conversation with your questions.
The Q&A took place Saturday, May 16 at 4:00 PM HST.
About THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD:
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.