• The Joy Luck Club (1994)

The Joy Luck Club

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2002

R |2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

In San Francisco, a group of aging Chinese women (Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu) meet regularly to trade familial stories while playing Mahjong. In a series of sixteen vignettes that spans generations and continents, this adaptation of Amy Tan's bestselling novel explores cultural conflict and the often-turbulent relationships between four first-generation Chinese-American women (Ming-Na Wen, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, Rosalind Chao) and their mothers.

Cast: Rosalind Chao, Tamlyn Tomita, France Nuyen, Vivian Wu, Andrew McCarthy, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, Lisa Lu

Director: Wayne Wang

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Hollywood Pictures

Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: Touching, Transformation, Growing up, Emotional, 1990s, Sacrifice, Daughter, Forbidden love, Heartwarming, House, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Like a flowering of talent that has been waiting so long to be celebrated. It is also one of the most touching and moving of the year's films. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Hits hardest when it bypasses sentiment to ponder the inextricable mix of love and pain that comes with the ties that bind. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry. show more

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Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)