The Joy Luck Club Poster

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

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Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)