MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 164 this week

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

 -  Drama  -  29 October 1993 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 11,330 users   Metascore: 84/100
Reviews: 95 user | 31 critic | 11 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 08 Feb 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 05 Jul 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 07 Jul 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jan 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Joy Luck Club (1993)

The Joy Luck Club (1993) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Joy Luck Club.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. As the ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly.

Director: David Frankel
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Adrian Grenier
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Rich and bored aristocrats in Rococo France play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn
The Notebook (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.

Director: Nick Cassavetes
Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams
The Road Home (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hao Zheng
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When the now famous "star crossed lovers" of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn't get married because Tita's mother wanted her oldest daughter to get ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Arau
Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Suyuan - The Mother
...
Lindo - The Mother
...
Ying-Ying - The Mother
...
An-Mei - The Mother
...
...
Waverly - The Daughter
...
Lena - The Daughter
...
Rose - The Daughter
...
Melanie Chang ...
...
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)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Joy Luck Club  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,861,136 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Thunder and lightning can't occur simultaneously unless you are extremely close to the strike. 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...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vinterviken (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

He Ri Jun Zai Lai (When Will You Come Again?)
(1930s)
Written by Yao Ming
Performed by Teresa Teng (uncredited)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (S.E. Asia)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I Honestly Love This Movie
8 August 2002 | by (MA) – See all my reviews

The Joy Luck Club is a movie based on the bestselling novel by Amy Tan of the same name. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. It combines the stories of mothers and daughters to tell one sincere story of friendship. It is one of the finest pieces of acting collaberations among an ensemble cast. It also combines foriegn film with American film in a way giving it a new style. This movie is almost ten years old. For me it never gets old and the stories are also fresh. I like the set up of the movie or the sequence rather, better than the book. It seemed to make more sense. It also has the movie and book on the same level of unique style and everlasting stories to go along with it. Many of the performances were powerful. Even those who only spoke the Chinese language in the film should have gotten awards for performances that made me laugh and cry. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to see an honestly good film without the Hollywood hype. Rent it, you won't regret it.


42 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why was this great movie given an R rating? schoolqueen12
For all those who say this is anti-Asian men... blackwingxweaving
Rich at dinner T-J-Voldemort
The Baby Scene (The Movie vs. The Book) LittleMissLola
Why was this movie rated 'R'? rsmith-28
Baby scene mrkcmbs
Discuss The Joy Luck Club (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?