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The Joy Luck Club (1993)

 -  Drama  -  29 October 1993 (USA)
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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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asian | chinese | flashback | china | roots | See more »

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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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,861,136 (USA)
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In the novel, it is revealed that the real name of the character played by Ming-Na Wen is Jing-Mei. On ER (1994), Ming-Na plays another character named Jing-Mei. See more »

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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 »

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Waverly (Age 6-9): I've decided to play chess again.
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Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Used by permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by The Chiffons
Under license from Cema Special Markets
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26 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's surprising they managed to make a movie out of The Joy Luck Club, which was, after all, a series of anecdotes by 8 different people. But somehow they did it, seamless weaving in and out of the characters' reminiscences.

Joy Luck Club could reasonably be described as a chick flick - it is, after all, a film about a bunch of women and their feelings - but that would be a disservice. "Chick flick" has become a somewhat derogatory term, partially because it was a term created by guys who find women and their feelings annoying, but to a great extent because most movies in this class are shoddy pieces of tripe like "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." If movies of women and their feelings were all this intelligent, insightful and affecting I doubt anyone would have even coined the term "chick flick." This is a movie of honest emotion that leaves you with a sense of fulfillment, a rebuke to all those manufactured, syrupy women's movies that Hollywood churns out. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended.


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