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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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Waverly - Age 6-9 (as Vu Mai)
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Lindo's Mother (as Mei Juan Xi)
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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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Rated R for strong depiction of thematic material | See all certifications »

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29 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El club de la buena estrella  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,861,136 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During a break in the Mah Jong game, Jun plays three notes on the piano. The notes go down the scale but her fingers move to the right. See more »

Quotes

Suyuan: That bad crab, only you tried to take it. Everybody else want best quality. You, your thinking different. Waverly took best-quality crab. You took worst, because you have best-quality heart. You have style no one can teach. Must be born this way. I see you.
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Connections

Referenced in Futurama: Möbius Dick (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Ye Lai Xiang (Scent of the Night)
(1950)
Written by Lee Lai Kwang and James Wong
Performed by Teresa Teng (uncredited)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (S.E. Asia)
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Glorious Film making
2 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every time I look back at movies through the years, I find myself wondering why The Joy Luck Club did not make a huge splash in the awards circle. The film is one of the BEST FILMS of my lifetime. It will always represent to me, the dream that is America.

I think it's because the emotions of the film are so universal, that I count it as one of my favorites. I am male, I am hispanic, I came to the United States when I was 13 years old. I felt alienated, lonely and hopeless, could anyone really understand all that I wanted to do, all that I wanted to become. How do you reconcile your cultural roots, with wanting to fit into the American Dream.

I try to watch The JOY LUCK CLUB as often as I try to read the book. Because it reminds me that we are all connected in so many ways. That our dreams and desires are not all together different. that Love reaches beyond race, beyond politics and beyond time.

when I saw this film I thought, The Academy of Arts and Sciences would gush over it. But it never reached the kind of acclaim it truly deserved. I think it's because most film makers field of personal experience limited in reaching and feeling. Most of the Academy comes from back grounds that didn't see struggle, that doesn't see the world in unison, but in carefully separated categories. This to them was not a human experience film, it was a film for a minority group. But, while The JOY LUCK CLUB is life affirming to some, to those who have lived the similarities, it is life changing.


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