The Joy Luck ClubDirector: Wayne Wang
Director Wayne Wang and screenwriter Ronald Bass effectively interweave sixteen mother-daughter tales in their silken film version of Amy Tan's best-selling novel about the clash between generations. The film takes place in present-day San Francisco, concentrating on a group of late-middle-aged Chinese women. Ever since arriving in the United States after World War II… See more details below
Director Wayne Wang and screenwriter Ronald Bass effectively interweave sixteen mother-daughter tales in their silken film version of Amy Tan's best-selling novel about the clash between generations. The film takes place in present-day San Francisco, concentrating on a group of late-middle-aged Chinese women. Ever since arriving in the United States after World War II, the women have gathered weekly to play mah-jongg and to tell stories, regaling each other with tales of their children and grandchildren, giving each other a sense of hope and renewal in the midst of poverty and hardship. The Joy Luck Club is made up of four women -- Suyuan (Kieu Chinh), Lindo (Tsai Chin), Ying Ying (France Nuyen), and An Mei (Lisa Lu). But when Suyuan dies, the three surviving members invite Suyuan's daughter June (Ming-Na Wen) to take her place. Along with the daughters of the other members -- Waverly (Tamlyn Tomita), Lena (Lauren Tom), and Rose (Rosalind Chao) -- June is a Chinese-American with only a passing interest in her rich cultural heritage. But through vignettes that switch back and forth in time, the daughters begin to appreciate the struggles of their mothers to start their families in the optimistic promise of the United States.
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Cast & Crew
|Lisa Lu||An Mei|
|France Nuyen||Ying Ying|
|Michael Paul Chan||Harold|
|Russell Wong||Lin Xiao|
|Vivian Wu||An Mei's Mother|
|Jack Ford||Mr. Jordan|
|Diane Baker||Mrs. Jordan|
|Risa Bramon Garcia||Actor|
|Lisa Connolly||Singing Girl|
|Irene Ng||Lindo--Age 15|
|Victor Wong||Old Chong|
|Kim Chew||Mrs. Chew|
|Elizabeth Sung||2nd Wife|
|Chao Li Chi||June's Father|
|Marcei Brubaker||Asst. Director|
|Josh King||Asst. Director|
|Oliver Stone||Executive Producer|
|Rachel Portman||Score Composer|
|Jim Poynter||Art Director,Set Decoration/Design|
|Diane B. Smith||Production Designer|
|Lydia Tanji||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Janet Yang||Executive Producer|
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one of the most beautifully done movies of the 90's. period. one of my favorites... ever.
"The Joy Luck Club" has to be the best movie I have ever seen, and probably will be the only one of it's kind. The story is beautiful and timeless and I encourage everyone to see it. It makes you think of the relationships of your family and how, even though this is a movie, it can impact you beyond belief. It will rock you to the core of your being and I am living proof.
This is such a good movie, portraying the heroic struggles of women and the affects their life choices made in the lives of their daughters. If you want to see a movie with meaning that can make you cry and laugh and really make you think about your own life this is the one. I have seen it several times and am still amazed each time by the stories of these women and how there is a valuable, beautifully entertaining lesson in it for us all. Well Done!!!
Wonderful, instructive, engaging and powerful story from beginning to end. A captivating classic full of beautifully delivered messages to inspire all types of readers for years to come Loved it!
I first saw this film when it was released and enjoyed it so thoroughly, that I went back the next week to view it again. The vignettes are universal, women that have to make painful sacrifices, but that the history of ours mothers is so much more painful than our own, we have so many better options and freedom to decide. It makes me cry each time, especially since I lost my mom, and knowing that her life was so difficult in comparison to my own. The message is what you make of it, but I think it is to value your own life and choose wisely, with quality! I love this film.
I love this movie. I've seen it a dozen times and each time I see it I am moved to tears. This is a movie that will open your eyes to the deep and sometimes unseen bonds that tie mothers and daughters together. Watch this with your mother, your grandmother, your daughter, your granddaughter, your sister, your female friends - and keep a box of tissues nearby...you'll need them. Uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. This movie is in my Top 5 All-time Favorites.
pretty good movie and book. tittle really hits main points of book.
Best Movie I've Ever Seen. Made me laugh, made me cry, and also made me see that I need to go after what I want and never settle for a worthless man! Stacey McHenry
It has to be my favorite movie of all time. It makes you cry and laugh. I love it so much. If you haven't seen it you need to because you are missing out on one of the best movies of all time!
I have seen this movie about six times over the years, and I enjoy it more and more every time. It's an EXCELLENT piece of work! Plus, Russell Wong is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!
One of those movies that I will never forget. I also read the book and I am not the type of person who watches movies, not even buy movies.