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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Suyuan - The Mother
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Lindo - The Mother
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Ying-Ying - The Mother
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An-Mei - The Mother
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Waverly - The Daughter
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Lena - The Daughter
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Rose - The Daughter
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Old Chong
Lisa Connolly ...
Mai Vu ...
Waverly - Age 6-9 (as Vu Mai)
Ying Wu ...
Lindo - Age 4
Meijuan Xi ...
Lindo's Mother (as Mei Juan Xi)
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Storyline

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)  »

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The Joy Luck Club  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,861,136 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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

When June is playing in the piano recital, she says, in the voice-over, that she was playing Mozart. But the piece is the Dvorak Humoresque. See more »

Quotes

Waverly (Age 6-9): I've decided to play chess again.
Lindo Jong: You think it is so easy. One day quit, next day play. Everything for you is this way: so smart, so easy, so fast. Not so easy anymore.
Waverly Jong: What she said, it was like a curse. This power I had, this belief in myself, I could actually feel it draining away. I could feel myself becoming ordinary. All the secrets I once saw, I couldn't see them anymore. All I could see was, were my mistakes, my weaknesses. The best part of me just disappeared. But I can't put it all on...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Cartoon Studio (1996) 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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