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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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Mai Vu ...
Waverly - Age 6-9 (as Vu Mai)
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Meijuan Xi ...
Lindo's Mother (as Mei Juan Xi)

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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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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  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$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

In one scene, a daughter is shown cutting the flesh out of her arm to make a soup for her dying mother. In subsequent scenes her arms are completely smooth. See more »

Quotes

Rose: I didn't say it to impress you.
Ted: That's why it did.
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Connections

Referenced in Hall Pass (2011) 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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26 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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