Kelly+Yamamoto Productions | Kelly+Yamamoto Productions | Thousand Pieces of Gold
Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper star in this true story of a poor Chinese woman sold into slavery by her father and brought to America to be a prostitute in a gold rush town. An unlikely love story develops when a saloonkeeper wins her in a poker game and frees her.
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Thousand Pieces of Gold

©1991 — 105 minutes

 

Thousand Pieces of Gold is a love story based on the real life of Lalu Nathoy (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman who comes to America during the Gold Rush as a slave. Auctioned in San Francisco and transported to Idaho, she becomes involved with three men: a Chinese saloon keeper who owns her (Michael Paul Chan); a Chinese mule skinner who wants to marry her (Dennis Dun); and an American who wins her from her owner in a poker game (Chris Cooper).

Awards

• Best Feature of the Year,
National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City
• Silver Wave Award,
Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
• Best Actress, Rosalind Chao,
Festival de Cinéma Jeune, Paris

Key Credits

Writer, Director, Producer: Nancy Kelly
Editor, Producer: Kenji Yamamoto
Line Producer: Sarah Green
Director of Photography: Bobby Bukowski
Production Designer: Dan Bishop

Primary Funders

• Maverick Films International
• Corporation for Public Broadcasting