MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 316 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 11,766 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...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 25 Apr 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 13 Oct 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 14 Nov 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

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 6.7/10 X  

The book is a collection of stories about life in modern China and the United States.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Henry O, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Feihong Yu
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A study in culture bridging, including ... a new US-born husband, trying to work within the traditional ways, a new China-born wife, eager to join the "dream" of America, two family-minded ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Cora Miao, Russell Wong, Victor Wong
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The story of a pregnant Chinese girl's life in the U.S. Based on the the short story by Yiyun Li.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Li Ling, Brian Danforth, Minghua Tan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In San Francisco, an immigrant Chinese widow welcomes the new year with some unhappiness: she's 62 now, she wants to make a trip to China to pay last respects to her ancestors, a fortune ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Laureen Chew, Kim Chew, Victor Wong
Chinese Box (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000. Their quest leads them on a humorous, if mundane, journey which illuminates the... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi, Laureen Chew
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Old college chums get together for a weekend reunion that is bound to open old wounds and perhaps heal them. New romances find a spark while old ones rekindle.

Director: Sharon Pollack
Stars: Monica Bell, Carol Schneider, Ellen McLaughlin
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

It is 2035 A.D. and the final countdown has begun for a voyage that will reach across the vastness of outer space -- to explore the nearest Earth-Like planet. An international crew has been... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson
Stars: Steven Bauer, Emma Samms, Brenda Bakke
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Directors: Rick Schmidt, Wayne Wang
Stars: Dick Richardson, Ed Nylund, Carolyn Zaremba
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A man is hired by a group of people he believes to be gangsters to escort a briefcase from America to Hong Kong. When he arrives, however, his contact is nowhere to be found. With no ... See full summary »

Directors: Wayne Wang, Spencer Nakasako
Stars: Cheng Wan Kin, John Chan, Kwan-Min Cheng
Vanishing Son II (TV Movie 1994)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The continuing saga of the Chang brothers: Jian-Wa and Wago. Picking up where it left off, Jian-Wa has left L.A. after a gangfight which involved his brother Wago. Jian-wa travels to the ... See full summary »

Director: John Nicolella
Stars: Russell Wong, Chi Muoi Lo, Tamlyn Tomita
Vanishing Son IV (TV Movie 1994)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After the death of his brother Wago, Jian-wa Chang now roams America's countryside while looking for his place in the world. He is hit by a van of two college students. Jian is taken in and... See full summary »

Director: John Nicolella
Stars: Russell Wong, Chi Muoi Lo, Mark Valley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Melanie Chang ...
...
Old Chong
Lisa Connolly ...
Mai Vu ...
Waverly - Age 6-9 (as Vu Mai)
Ying Wu ...
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:

El club de la buena estrella  »

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

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

Ying Ying: Losing him does not matter. It is you who will be found - and cherished.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Frasier: The Seal Who Came to Dinner (1998) 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

 
affecting
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.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
For all those who say this is anti-Asian men... blackwingxweaving
Why was this great movie given an R rating? schoolqueen12
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:
?