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The Joy Luck Club (1993)

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





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Suyuan - The Mother
... Lindo - The Mother
... Ying-Ying - The Mother
... An-Mei - The Mother
... June - The Daughter
... Waverly - The Daughter
... Lena - The Daughter
... Rose - The Daughter
... June's Father
Melanie Chang ... June - Age 9
... Old Chong
Lisa Connolly ... Singing Girl
Mai Vu ... Waverly - Age 6-9 (as Vu Mai)
Ying Wu ... Lindo - Age 4
Meijuan Xi ... Lindo's Mother (as Mei Juan Xi)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong depiction of thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El club de la buena estrella  »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »


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 »


An-Mei: I tell you the story because I was raised the Chinese way. I was taught to desire nothing, to swallow other people's misery, and to eat my own bitterness. And even though I taught my daughter the opposite, still she came out the same way. Maybe it is because she was born to me and she was born a girl, and I was born to my mother and I was born a girl, all of us like stairs, one step after another, going up, going down, but always going the same way. No, this cannot be, this not knowing what ...
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Written and performed by Michael A. Lang
Courtesy of Michael A. Lang Enterprises, Inc.
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A masterpiece in editing
28 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Joy Luck Club is one of the best edited movies I've ever seen. You know a film is well edited when the editing doesn't occur to you as you watch it. It takes a special film to go beyond that and call particular attention to how well it's all put together. But that's not only what makes this film great.

This film is more or less told as eight small vignettes. Usually in such a film, half to three quarters of them can be considered good. In this film, the stories of all eight women are great. They are well written, well acted, and tied perfectly into the frame of the story overall. They are funny, dramatic and shocking all at the same time. They are all interesting and very different from each other.

The films' only weakness, in my opinion, is the bookends. The story of the coming reunion of the three sisters. The "punch" that's so prevelant in all the vignettes is just not there in either the writing or the acting.

However, this is a great film, and one of the best of 1993. While I don't think any of the actresses could warrant any Oscar attention on their own, it certainly was a snub that the film itself wasn't nominated, and particularly Wayne Wang, the director. The Piano was a piece of garbage, and I cringe at the thought of it being mentioned in the same breath as Schindler's List and The Remains of the Day. And The Joy Luck Club.

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