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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 »
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

In Agents of Shield, Tsai Chin (Waverly's mother, Lindo) plays the mother of Ming-Na Wen's (June) character, Melinda May. 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

Suyuan: That bad crab, only you tried to take it. Everybody else want best quality. You, your thinking different. Waverly took best-quality crab. You took worst, because you have best-quality heart. You have style no one can teach. Must be born this way. I see you.
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Connections

Referenced in Just Like Heaven (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Humoresque
(1894)
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
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One of the best films of 1993!
26 December 2005 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I think I feared seeing "The Joy Luck Club" because it just screamed chick flick all over the cover, but my mother kept insisting it was an excellent film that anyone could really enjoy. So, I let my guards down and I was pleasantly surprised by this uplifting and rewarding drama about mother's and daughter's. Just wanting what is best and growing up wisely. I know this sounds silly, but this film made me not only appreciate being an American even more, but it also made me fell better as a woman. The four "Auntie's" had such wisdom and I felt that their stories were so heart wrenching but true and realistic.

One of my friends is from China and she told me how women are treated there and it just broke my heart, watching this movie helped me realize more how much I should appreciate what I have. I even called my mother after the film and told her I loved her because she always tried her best to look out for me. The four stories of how the mother's made their journey to America and raised their daughters was very touching and the ending felt like it could only be a new beginning. I would highly recommend this movie for anyone, it's perfectly directed and acted.

8/10


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