Director Mina Shum re-teams with the lead actress behind her breakthrough debut film Double Happiness in this magic-realist romantic comedy. Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity stars Sandra Oh as Kin Ho, a lonely single mom living in Vancouver with her impish 12-year-old daughter, Mindy (Valerie Tian). Mindy stumbles across a corner magic store while traipsing through Chinatown one day, and begins to believe that spells and potions are the perfect means for improving her mother's life. Her purchases not achieving the desired results, Mindy resorts to more serious schemes, courtesy of a fortune teller. After a few botched efforts -- which result in good fortune for a neighborhood butcher and terrible luck for a security guard -- Mindy sets herself to the task of finding her mother a mate in the form of Alvin (Russell Yuen), a co-worker of Kin's who has long admired her from afar. Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity premiered at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
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Both my wife and I enjoyed this movie very much. It is a movie that is both entertaining and will make you feel good, without any foul language, nudity or violence, so the whole family can enjoy it. I think movies like this get underated simply because they have to compete with movies like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. While such as these may be the Caviar of movies, Long Life, Happiness and Porsperity is the simple staple for the rest of us.
I did like this movie, but I would not have categorized it as a comedy. I would think it would be better listed as a drama. I felt that the acting and story were good, but I spent most of the movie feeling sorry for pretty much every single character. That is not what I am looking for when I rent a Comedy.