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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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

June receives a letter from her half-sisters that is written in traditional Chinese layout: top-to-bottom, right-to-left. In the 1980s, a letter from mainland China would have been written using the Western writing layout. See more »

Quotes

Waverly Jong: Even at that age, I knew I had an amazing gift: this power, this belief in myself, to be better than anyone else. If someone was bigger than me, older than me, it didn't matter. And if they were mean, I could make 'em sorry.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »

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I Enjoy Being A Girl
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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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.


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