Some may think Paul Giamatti the most maligned Sideways cast member from his lack of Academy Award accolades this year, but really the continually overlooked one is Sandra Oh.
A mainstay in Canadian cinema and a familiar face from various supporting roles on television and in movies, Oh has been on our radar from long before she married director Alexander Payne. Although as far as Hollywood couples go, they make for a pretty cute pair. Her thoughtful, textured performances in Double Happiness (1994) and Last Night (1998) make both of these films must adds to the rental list.
In 2002, Oh paired up again with her director from Double Happiness Mina Shum to make Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity about a single mom whose young daughter dabbles in Taoist magic to help her mother find love. It's the next film in the Asian CineVisions series, a group of traveling films programmed by the same group which brings the Asian American International Film Festival to New York every summer.
Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity plays tonight at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens at 7:30 pm and then again next Wednesday at Cinema Village also at 7:30 pm. Get 50 percent off future Asian CineVisions screenings by signing up for their mailing list on the website. Gothamist sure does love a discount on good movies and we know you do too.