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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Melanie Chang ...
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Old Chong
Lisa Connolly ...
Mai Vu ...
Waverly - Age 6-9 (as Vu Mai)
Ying Wu ...
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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Drama

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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$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

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

Quotes

Ying Ying: By then I realized what kind of man I had married... happiest when he was cruel.
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Connections

References The World of Suzie Wong (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

The Monkees' Theme
Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Used by permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by The Monkees
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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One of the best films of 1993!
26 December 2005 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I think I feared seeing "The Joy Luck Club" because it just screamed chick flick all over the cover, but my mother kept insisting it was an excellent film that anyone could really enjoy. So, I let my guards down and I was pleasantly surprised by this uplifting and rewarding drama about mother's and daughter's. Just wanting what is best and growing up wisely. I know this sounds silly, but this film made me not only appreciate being an American even more, but it also made me fell better as a woman. The four "Auntie's" had such wisdom and I felt that their stories were so heart wrenching but true and realistic.

One of my friends is from China and she told me how women are treated there and it just broke my heart, watching this movie helped me realize more how much I should appreciate what I have. I even called my mother after the film and told her I loved her because she always tried her best to look out for me. The four stories of how the mother's made their journey to America and raised their daughters was very touching and the ending felt like it could only be a new beginning. I would highly recommend this movie for anyone, it's perfectly directed and acted.

8/10


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