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Joy Luck Club (1993)

Director: Wayne Wang     Starring: Rosalind Chao Ming-Na Wen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40168175
UPC: 786936182583
UPC 14: 00786936182583
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

" refreshing--and bittersweet--dimension to the age-old clash between generations.  Desson Howe, Washington Post
"An extraordinary film!  Good Morning America
"Powerful, relevant and moving.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, French, Spanish, Dubbed

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/2/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 139 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 26279
Video UPC UPC: 00786936182583
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Andrew McCarthy
Video Cast Info France Nuyen
Video Cast Info Jack Ford
Video Cast Info Kieu Chinh
Video Cast Info Lisa Lu
Video Cast Info Ming-Na
Video Cast Info Tamlyn Tomita
Video Cast Info Tsai Chin
Video Cast Info Amy Tan - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Wayne Wang - Director
Video Cast Info Amir Mokri - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Maysie Hoy - Editor
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Janet Yang - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Rachel Portman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Amy Tan - Producer
Video Cast Info Patrick Markey - Producer
Video Cast Info Wayne Wang - Producer
Video Cast Info Ronald Bass - Producer
Video Cast Info Amy Tan - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Ronald Bass - Screenplay
Plot 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.


British Academy Awards (1995)
   Video Award Name Ronald Bass, Amy Tan, Nominee, Best Adapted Screeplay

Professional Reviews

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

"...Often moving..." - Recommended 04/01/1994 p.142

Sight and Sound
"...A rich, multi-course movie..." 04/01/1994 p.44-5

"...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

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
...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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Kiela,Chinh
Product attributeLabel:   Buena Vista Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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