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The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | | Drama | 29 October 1993 (USA)
TV Program
3:02 | TV Program
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 »
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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Trivia

In a 2018 NPR interview, executive producer Janet Yang recalled that director Wayne Wang (who she said usually had "the most lovely personality") lost his temper in a marketing meeting because the studio had presented him with the choices for posters to advertise The Joy Luck Club, and all of the options avoided showing the face of an Asian person. Either the designs were very abstract (for example, a decorative woodcut) or they were photos of the actresses' backs. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene where young Ying Ying met her future husband, the guy opened a watermelon which was totally seedless. The scene should be in later 1930s or early 1940s, based on the context. Very unlikely there was any seedless watermelons available in China at the time. Japanese scientists started seedless research in lab in 1938. It won't be widely available even in Japan market till after WWII. See more »

Quotes

Old Chong: How many sharps? How many flats? What key are we in?
Jing-Mei 'June' Woo: Z major.
Old Chong: What?
Jing-Mei 'June' Woo: Z major!
Old Chong: Good.
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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)
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User Reviews

 
Excellent Film
24 November 2002 | by booboobear1970See all my reviews

The first time I sat down to watch this it was just because there wasn't anything else on. I mean what would a single guy in his late twenties be interested in a film about relationship between Chinese-American women and their mothers? Well I was wrong. This film was very captivating and moving. It does excellent job of showing the universal issue of generational differences and the love that exist between parents and their children. All of the perfomances in this film were excellent. 8 out of 10 stars.


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Details

Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Joy Luck Club See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,009, 12 September 1993

Gross USA:

$32,901,136

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,901,136
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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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