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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.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writers:

Amy Tan (novel), Amy Tan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieu Chinh ... Suyuan - The Mother
Tsai Chin ... Lindo - The Mother
France Nuyen ... Ying-Ying - The Mother
Lisa Lu ... An-Mei - The Mother
Ming-Na Wen ... June - The Daughter
Tamlyn Tomita ... Waverly - The Daughter
Lauren Tom ... Lena - The Daughter
Rosalind Chao ... Rose - The Daughter
Chao Li Chi ... June's Father
Melanie Chang Melanie Chang ... June - Age 9
Victor Wong ... Old Chong
Lisa Connolly Lisa Connolly ... Singing Girl
Mai Vu Mai Vu ... Waverly - Age 6-9 (as Vu Mai)
Ying Wu Ying Wu ... Lindo - Age 4
Meijuan Xi Meijuan Xi ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El club de la buena estrella See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,861,136
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hollywood Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 Saturday Night Live: Bryan Cranston/Kanye West (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ye Lai Xiang (Scent of the Night)
(1950)
Written by Lee Lai Kwang and James Wong
Performed by Teresa Teng (uncredited)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (S.E. Asia)
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Not enough praise!
9 September 2005 | by bassmistress_666See all my reviews

I cannot praise this movie enough. It leaves me walking away feeling empowered! I had a very close relationship with my mother and after she passed this movie helped me with my grief. It is more than a "chick flick" it is a look into another culture's past, present and future. It is a light at the end of a tunnel for those that hold this movie dear to their hearts as I do. This movie helps you run thru all aspects of feelings, I find myself laughing, crying, sad, happy. Every woman I have shared this movie with or recommended to have thanked me endlessly for it. I have also read the book - now normally I would say the book was better but I'm going to have to agree with Theaterchica07's comment that the movie was easier to follow than the book. I reread it 3 times before my mind could actually put together the scenes. My favorite part of the movie is Rose standing in the rain and she says "You're not taking my house, you're not taking my daughter, you're not taking any part of me, because you don't know who I am. I died sixty years ago. I ate opium and I died for my daughter's sake. Now get out of my house!" That right there sent instant chills thru me. Well done!!!


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