The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

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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)  »

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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 »

Goofs

On the road to Chungking, Suyuan leaves a letter with her daughters that is written in the Western layout: left-to-right, top-to-bottom. During World War II, the traditional Chinese layout would've been used. See more »

Quotes

Ying Ying: All around this house I see the signs. My daughter looks but she does not see. This is a house that will break into pieces. It's not too late. All my pains, my regrets, I will gather them together. My daughter will hear me calling, even though I've said no words. She will climb the stairs to find me. She will be scared because at first her eyes will see nothing. She will feel in her heart this place where she hides her fears. She will know I am waiting like a tiger in the trees, now ready to ...
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Referenced in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: London Broil (1998) 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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A masterpiece
24 November 2002 | by (Chicago IL) – See all my reviews

Words fail to capture the essence of this film. I read the book before I saw the movie and as anyone can tell you, the book for a movie is usually a lot better, but in this case and I think they are both on the same level. I watched this movie again for the umpteenth time today and every time I watch it I see the magic again. It makes me think of my own relationship with my mother and my relationship with my daughter. This is the story that made me feel in love with Asian film.


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