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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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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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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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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,861,136 (USA)
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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

In the first scene where young Ying Ying met her future husband, the guy opened a watermelon which was totally seedless. The scene should be in later 1930s or early 1940s, based on the context. Very unlikely there was any seedless watermelons available in China at the time. Japanese scientists started seedless research in lab in 1938. It won't be widely available even in Japan market till after WWII. See more »

Quotes

Old Chong: How many sharps? How many flats? What key are we in?
Jing-Mei 'June' Woo: Z major.
Old Chong: What?
Jing-Mei 'June' Woo: Z major!
Old Chong: Good.
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Written and performed by Michael A. Lang
Courtesy of Michael A. Lang Enterprises, Inc.
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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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