Joy Luck Club (1993)
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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.|
"An extraordinary film! Good Morning America
"Powerful, relevant and moving. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Editor's NoteAfter 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.
Cast & Crew
|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|
Plot SummaryIn 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)
|Ronald Bass, Amy Tan, Nominee, Best Adapted Screeplay|