Watch: Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity 2002 123movies, Full Movie Online – Mindy Ho, an eccentric, strong-minded 12-year-old, stages Taoist magical experiments to save her harried single mother from financial and romantic ruin. Her misdirected charms appear to cause an aging security guard to lose his job and a local butcher to win the lottery, ultimately forcing each man to face his worst fears. Whether it’s through Mindy’s spells, her monumental sense of purpose–or it’s that life’s mysterious logic is at work–her mother’s drab existence is enlivened..
Plot: Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother’s financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects.
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Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity on Reel 13
LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY shares some qualities with some of its north of the border Reel 13 Canadian Indie counterparts. It is a slice of life multi-protagonist piece akin to the awful, but highly-rated WILBY WONDERFUL with the misguided mystical elements that were woven throughout A PROBLEM WITH FEAR. LLHP does a much better job in developing its characters than WILBY did and the mysticism in question is based on ancient Chinese culture and therefore, somehow seems less contrived and more elegant than the inexplicable technology-based type from FEAR.
So, the script, on the whole, is decent. While there are several comedic moments that fall flat, there are many others that are genuinely funny in almost a Shakespearean way (one character’s rendition of “Sometimes When We Touch” remains my fave). There are some structural deficiencies (neighbors’ gossip as a form of exposition is never a good move), screenwriters Mina Shum and Dennis Foon paint their characters honestly and not a one of the three story lines seems to be favored over the others. Unfortunately, the performances in the film don’t help to elevate the script in any way.
In the blog for WILBY WONDERFUL, I alluded to my general distaste for Sandra Oh’s work. In LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY, however, she towers over the other actors in the film, but that’s not saying much. Almost every other actor (the main kid Mindy is okay – appropriately precocious) in the piece seems new to film acting. They all seem extremely uncomfortable, delivering their lines as if they didn’t really believe them. While Oh is significantly stronger than the rest of the cast, she’s not fabulous either. She has several good comic moments and a few good serious ones, but she really pushes during the very emotional moments and that’s never fun to watch.
There is plenty of charm in LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY, enough that I found myself wanting to like it more than I ultimately did. Overall, the premise of the film – that a little girl playing with ancient Chinese charms changes the fortunes of all the people around her – is a little hard to buy, but it’s not dissimilar to the kind of farce you might find in more classical fare like Moliere or even ancient Greek comedies. At the end of the day, however, the performances sunk this ship. If you can’t believe the characters whose story you’re watching, it makes for a pretty rough journey. All the charm(s) in the world can’t save you there.
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A wistful and occasionally hilarious film about taking charge…the wrong way!
While criticized by the one viewer over the film’s perceived cultural inaccuracies, I found this film to be delightful and touching. The setting is an Asian enclave in a Northwest Canadian coastal city where a 12 year old girl, lives with her mom who struggles to make ends meet (Dad abandoned them both a long time before)and never takes time for her own needs. In the same community is a man who owns a barbecue store which he intends to have his 20 year old son take over (but the son has other ideas), and a security guard who, with his lovely wife, is adjusting to the departure of their last child from the home.
The girl begins an intense study of Chinese magic in an attempt to help her mother win the lottery and a husband. Her amateurish application of magic, which, in a touch of magical realism seems to actually work (think Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Ang Lee), but not as originally intended. As things get worse, the girl, literally playing with fire, tries one magic weapon she had not dared to use before.
The beauty of this film is in the human story which has an Asian flavor, accurate or not, but which could have been set in the deep south (think “the heart is a lonely hunter”), Brooklyn, or anywhere there are single mothers struggling to raise children and children beginning to have dreams for their lives. Of course I don’t believe in magic, Chinese or otherwise, but is is a wonderful vehicle that makes the story move forward on everyman’s (and every-girl’s) journey to Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (Toronto International)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Director Mina Shum
Writer Dennis Foon, Mina Shum
Actors Sandra Oh, Valerie Tian, Ric Young
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Toronto, Canada
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm