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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

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

In the novel, it is revealed that the real name of the character played by Ming-Na Wen is Jing-Mei. On ER (1994), Ming-Na plays another character named Jing-Mei. See more »

Goofs

On the road to Chungking, Suyuan leaves a letter with her daughters that is written in the Western layout: left-to-right, top-to-bottom. During World War II, the traditional Chinese layout would've been used. See more »

Quotes

Waverly (Age 6-9): I've decided to play chess again.
Lindo Jong: You think it is so easy. One day quit, next day play. Everything for you is this way: so smart, so easy, so fast. Not so easy anymore.
Waverly Jong: What she said, it was like a curse. This power I had, this belief in myself, I could actually feel it draining away. I could feel myself becoming ordinary. All the secrets I once saw, I couldn't see them anymore. All I could see was, were my mistakes, my weaknesses. The best part of me just disappeared. But I can't put it all on...
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Referenced in Futurama: Möbius Dick (2011) See more »

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Flute and Harp Concerto in C, K.299 (Andantino)
(1778)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A masterpiece in editing
28 March 2002 | by Justin BehnkeSee 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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