Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

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Director: Wayne Wang

Cast: Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu

     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
This is a successful (if, at times, strenuously overstated) adaptation of Amy Tan's celebrated novel chronicling the generations of a family of Chinese women. Wayne Wang's tasteful direction goes a long way in providing interesting focal points for the viewer, and despite eight interweaving storylines, the film is never confusing or disjointed. One of the rare American movies of the 1990s that has a virtually across-the-board Asian cast, the actors all turn in strong performances, sometimes admirably eschewing the histrionics provided by the script, which occasionally feels diagrammed to give the actresses "big scenes." Not every story is equally gripping, and the pace lags at intervals, but the sentimental nature of The Joy Luck Club is eventually earned, and Tan's unerringly precise source-material gives it a much-deserved grace. A crossover hit at the box office, the film oddly failed to receive any Academy Award nominations for the year it was released, despite wide predictions that it was a sure Oscar candidate.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1995
UPC:
0765362291038
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tsai Chin Lindo
Kieu Chinh Suyuan
Lisa Lu An Mei
France Nuyen Ying Ying
Rosalind Chao Rose
Tamlyn Tomita Waverly
Lauren Tom Lena
Ming-Na Wen June
Michael Paul Chan Harold
Andrew McCarthy Ted
Christopher Rich Rich
Russell Wong Lin Xiao
Vivian Wu An Mei's Mother
Jack Ford Mr. Jordan
Diane Baker Mrs. Jordan
Risa Bramon Garcia Actor
Heidi Levitt Actor
Lisa Connolly Singing Girl
Irene Ng Lindo--Age 15
Victor Wong Old Chong
Nicholas Guest Hairdresser
Kim Chew Mrs. Chew
Philip Moon Ken
Lucille Soong Popo
Elizabeth Sung 2nd Wife
Chao Li Chi June's Father

Technical Credits
Wayne Wang Director,Producer
Ralph Bass Producer
Ronald Bass Producer,Screenwriter
Marcei Brubaker Asst. Director
Maysie Hoy Editor
Josh King Asst. Director
Patrick Markey Producer
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Oliver Stone Executive Producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Jim Poynter Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Diane B. Smith Production Designer
Michael Smuin Choreography
Amy Tan Producer,Screenwriter
Lydia Tanji Costumes/Costume Designer
Janet Yang Executive Producer

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The Joy Luck Club 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the most beautifully done movies of the 90's. period. one of my favorites... ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
ProfessorMS More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
pretty good movie and book. tittle really hits main points of book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago