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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

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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)

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

During a break in the Mah Jong game, Jun plays three notes on the piano. The notes go down the scale but her fingers move to the right. See more »

Quotes

Waverly (Age 6-9): I've decided to play chess again.
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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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Soundtracks

One Fine Day
(1963)
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Used by permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by The Chiffons
Under license from Cema Special Markets
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Different strokes for different folks
12 June 2003 | by lschow310See all my reviews

I have read the book and seen the movie. I have also read reactions to both. Some really liked it and found it to be very real, while others hate it and object to the "stereotype." It seems to depend on whether you could relate to the stories, characters, or themes.

I myself could relate very well to the stories, but that could be because I too have experienced the intergenerational and intercultural conflict as an American-born Chinese daughter with a very traditional Chinese mother. Many other American-born Chinese women who were born in the 1960s could relate to the stories very well also. For us, we would start crying as soon as the first sentence is made.

I didn't experience everything that June, Rose, Lena, or Waverly went through, but on a grander scale, they are dealing with issues that I have struggled with as well.

I understand that there are other women who could relate to it as well, and these are not Chinese women--or even Asian women. Perhaps Amy Tan has touched on universal themes that women of other nationalities could relate to.

On the other hand, I have found that some people who are ten years younger than me didn't like the book/movie too much and found the characters "stereotypical" or "unrealistic."

Some Caucasian males didn't like this book/movie either, and again it comes back to them not being able to relate to it.

I understand another user's comment about the negative portrayal of Asian men, but this person has forgotten about June's father who was portrayed as a very likeable man who was trying to bridge the gap between his wife and his daughter. As for his objection of the daughters marrying Caucasian wives, he needs to realize that there are other issues/reasons involved and it's not because Chinese-American women like them "hate Chinese men."

In short, this movie is very good at portraying the intergenerational and/or intercultural conflict between people who are caught between two cultures. Women like me have cried while watching this movie because the issues have been very real for us. For those who could not relate to it or cannot see the "reality" of it, then this movie would not be for them.


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