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The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | | Drama | 29 October 1993 (USA)
The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Chang ...
Old Chong
Lisa Connolly ...
Mai Vu ...
Waverly - Age 6-9 (as Vu Mai)
Ying Wu ...
Meijuan Xi ...
Lindo's Mother (as Mei Juan Xi)


Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship. Written by Robert Pare

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong depiction of thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El club de la buena estrella  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$32,861,136 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Towards the end of the movie, June can be seen showing an elderly couple out after the party. She bids farewell to them using their names, Daisy and T.C. Daisy is the American name of Amy Tan's (the author) mother and T.C. was the name of her mother's partner. See more »


June receives a letter from her half-sisters that is written in traditional Chinese layout: top-to-bottom, right-to-left. In the 1980s, a letter from mainland China would have been written using the Western writing layout. See more »


Waverly Jong: Mom, why don't you like Rich?
Lindo Jong: Is Rich you afraid I not like? If I don't like your Rich, I act polite, say nothing, let him have big cancer, let my daughter be a widow. I like Rich, of course I do. To allow him to marry such a daughter!
Waverly Jong: You don't know, you don't know the power you have over me. One word from you, one look, and I'm four years old again, crying myself to sleep, because nothing I do can ever, ever please you.
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Referenced in The Joi Fuck Club (1993) See more »


Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
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Honest and Beautiful
11 December 2004 | by (Taichung, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

Joy Luck Club is a deeply moving film that will touch the heart and mind of anyone who opens themselves to it's messages about life.

If someone (such as darkfalz) feels this film speaks more of women's shallow choices, they miss out on humanity for the sake of superficial judgment.

This is a film about hard choices and sacrifice. It's a story of the generation gap that inevitably occurs between immigrant mother's and their daughters who were brought up surrounded by different values. Each mother strives to raise her children in a way that will bring them success and joy in life. Each hopes to free their offspring from the pains they themselves had to endure.

It is also about the Chinese way of pushing a child to be the best, and gives insight into a mother's need to see her own struggles amount to something great in her daughter. However, this is not just about Asians. It is about all parents hopes and all children's frustrations with fulfilling those dreams.

In America the story of the first generational gap is a very real and painful one. It happens for boys as much as girls, and I know a lot of men who relate to this film despite it's inherent chick flick nature. It celebrates the need to keep your roots and history alive, even if you let go of certain traditions that you were not born into.

The women in the film often make hard choices. Many of them folly and sin, but it is not a film about forgiving them so much as it is about the lasting effect of the choices we make.

Everyone should see this film. It's one of the most honest human dramas out there.

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