Joy Luck Club

Directed By: Wayne Wang Starring: Rosalind Chao Ming-Na Wen

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by Margaret on 9/25/2007

Hey.....My kind of movie. Makes me cry every time that I watch it. One of the best to bring out those emotions that touch the heart. One for Mothers of Daughters for sure. Another is the original "Stella Dallas" with Barbara Stanwyck. If you are an emotional woman, this is one movie for you to see.

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June is invited to join the joy luck club, the weekly mahjong group of her recently deceased mother. A portrait of the club's aunties unfolds, revealing the startling events and conditions that have shaped their lives and the lives of their precious daughters.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40168175
UPC 786936182583
UPC 14 00786936182583
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2012
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note After the successful independent features about Chinese-American life DIM SUM and EAT A BOWL OF TEA, director Wayne Wang took on the daunting task of adapting Amy Tan's sprawling, multigenerational best-seller THE JOY LUCK CLUB. After her mother's death, June (Ming-Na Wen) is asked to take her place in a mahjong club. The three other members, like her mother, were all born in China before the 1949 revolution. When June learns that she has two half sisters in China, she plans a trip to meet them. With this catalyst, the women begin to tell stories, not just about but their own mothers and their lives in China, but also about their often strained relationships with their Americanized daughters. The flashbacks to China are dramatic, and the stories are heartbreaking. As the film progresses, June learns about a culture that's supposedly her own but that she can touch only through the commonality of the mother-daughter bond. It is this nexus that makes the movie work. There are multiple points of view, but they are always connected by the universal desire for one generation of women to pass on their hopes for a better life to their daughters. This feeling, without being cloying or overly sentimental, underlines the emotional tales in this moving, well-acted, and beautifully staged drama.
Plot Summary
Summary In THE JOY LUCK CLUB, based on the novel by Amy Tan, generational and cultural conflicts between a small group of traditional Chinese immigrant women and their more liberated Chinese-American daughters abound at a farewell party. The gathering provides an occasion for the older women to tell their stories of personal tragedy and sacrifice, while both generations attempt to reach reconciliation.
New York Times "...Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties....The film is virtually stolen by Tsai Chin as the sly, acerbic Auntie Lindo..." 09/08/1993 p.C15
Premiere "...Often moving..." - Recommended 04/01/1994 p.142
Sight and Sound "...A rich, multi-course movie..." 04/01/1994 p.44-5
Variety "...Beautifully made and acted and emotionally moving....Visually, [the] film is splendid..." 09/13/1993
Chicago Sun-Times "...In a screenplay remarkable for its complexity and force, THE JOY LUCK CLUB moves effortlessly between past and present, between what was, and how it became what is....One of the most touching and moving of the year's films..." 09/17/1993 p.48
Wayne Wang
Rosalind Chao
Ming-Na Wen
Cast & Crew
Andrew McCarthy - Actor
France Nuyen - Actor
Jack Ford - Actor
Kieu Chinh - Actor
Lisa Lu - Actor
Ming-Na - Actor
Tamlyn Tomita - Actor
Tsai Chin - Actor
Amy Tan - Based On Novel By
Wayne Wang - Director
Amir Mokri - Director of Photography
Maysie Hoy - Editor
Oliver Stone - Executive Producer
Janet Yang - Executive Producer
Rachel Portman - Musical Score
Amy Tan - Producer
Patrick Markey - Producer
Wayne Wang - Producer
Ronald Bass - Producer
Amy Tan - Screenplay
Ronald Bass - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 26279
UPC 00786936182583
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 139 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
British Academy Awards (1995) Ronald Bass, Amy Tan, Nominee, Best Adapted Screeplay
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...In a screenplay remarkable for its complexity and force, The Joy Luck Club moves effortlessly between past and present, between what was, and how it became what is. Many different actresses are used to play the daughters and mothers at different ages, and there are many stories, but the movie proceeds with perfect clarity... The movie is a celebration, too, of the richness of Asian-American acting talent... It is also one of the most touching and moving of the year's films.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, French, Spanish, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Kiela,Chinh
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Desson Howe, Washington Post refreshing--and bittersweet--dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
Good Morning America An extraordinary film!
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Powerful, relevant and moving.

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