The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

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Four mothers. Four daughters. Eight stories. The Joy Luck Club is four women in San Francisco who have played mah jong together on a weekly basis for forty some years. One of them, Suyuan, has died, and her daughter June is preparing to go to China. Auntie Lindo with daughter Waverly, Auntie Ying Ying with daughter Lena, and Auntie An Mei with daughter Rose are at the going away party. Born in China, the Joy Luck Club members came to America as young adults; their daughters are 100% American. The old days are seldom spoken about, and some things about those times have never been said aloud, but the experiences left behind color the hopes and expectations these women have for their daughters. If daughters become their mothers--no matter how much both parties desire that it not happen--daughters also become different from their mothers--despite all attempts to perpetuate the status quo.

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bell5133
Aug 25, 2019

Every flashback made me cry.

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akirakato
May 22, 2019

Directed by Wayne Wang in 1993 based on the 1989 novel by Amy Tan, this Chinese-American drama depicts the lives of the four Chinese-American immigrant families in San Francisco.
The film reveals the hidden pasts of the older mothers and their daughters and focuses on how the clash of Chinese and American cultures shape their lives as they strive to understand their family bonds.
It turns out as a profoundly heart-rendering and genuinely inspirational drama with cultural diversity.

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militaryschloB311
May 04, 2019

My Waterloo-My daughter gave ME 'thweatt-shirt' : "MARY-JW-BLEIGHE".

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lukasevansherman
Nov 01, 2018

This 1993 adaptation of Amy Tan's novel has been mentioned a lot lately in conjunction with "Crazy Rich Asians," as both were the rare majority Asian (both in front of and behind the camera) films. It's not entirely accurate to say "CRA" was the first major Asian production since "JLC," as there was the indie film "Better Luck Tomorrow," "The Namesake," and, I guess, "Memoirs of a Geisha," which had a mostly Asian cast, but a white director. "JLC" tries, with mixed results, the complex structure of Tan's novel, so it involves multiple voiceovers and flashbacks. It is somewhat uneven, but still affecting and well performed. Ming Na-Wen would show up on "Agents of Shield," Tamlyn Tomita was in "Karate Kid 2," and Lisa Lu is also in "CRA." Oh, and Andrew McCarthy! Directed by Wayne Wang and co-written by Tan.

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kpelish
Jul 23, 2018

A soap-opera-ish tone detracts from four women's interesting journeys as they arrive in America, adjust, and raise their Chinese-American daughters in dual cultures.

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libtechlady
Mar 14, 2017

Beautifully shot and acted movie. The book by Amy Tan is excellent and the movie reflects that well. I cry at the end every time.

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alicat1
Mar 14, 2017

While the movie cannot possibly mirror the vivid detail
of print literature, it still wonderfully weaves the many stories and
generations.

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clarap
Dec 06, 2016

Loved this movie, but towards the end the movie disc was perhaps was scratched, so it would not continue to the end. Good movie.

amarofromjuanadiaz Apr 17, 2013

Loved this movie. :)

From beginning to end, it was beautiful.

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SCL_WorldLanguages
Jan 02, 2013

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

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Aug 25, 2019

bell5133 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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