Despite its low budget and lack of superstar names, THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD is an epic motion picture, and one of the best Westerns to come along in several years. Rosalind Chao, a regular on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," turns in a searingly memorable performance as Lalu Nathoy, a
remarkably courageous and extremely iron-willed young Chinese woman determined to keep her dignity and self-esteem intact.
Based on a fascinating true story, the film opens in northeast China, circa 1880, where a frightened Lalu is being sold into slavery by her despairing, poverty-stricken father. Taken in chains across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, she's promptly auctione...