Thousand Pieces of Gold

Set in the 1880s, this film chronicles the journey of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a Chinese woman whose financially desperate family sells her as a bride. She is sent to the United States, where she is bought by sleazy barkeep Hong King (Michael Paul Chan), who plans to make money off of Lalu by forcing her into a life of prostitution. Unwilling to submit to his demands, she begins her own successful business venture and captures the attention of the troubled but kindly Charlie (Chris Cooper).

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Director: Nancy Kelly
Cast: Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper, Michael Paul Chan
Language: English, Chinese
Genre: Romance, Western
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes