The Joy Luck Club (1993)

The Joy Luck Club



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Movie Info

Stories told by four elderly Chinese women and their American-born daughters while playing mah-jongg.

Rating: R (for strong depiction of thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Amy Tan, Ron Bass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures


as Suyuan

as Lindo

as Ying Ying

as An Mei

as Waverly

as Lena

as Rose Hsu Jordan

as June's Father

as Hairdresser

as Lin Xiao

as Ted Jordan

as Mrs. Jordan

as Mr. Jordan

as June (age 9)

as Old Chong

as An Mei's Mother

as Wu Tsing

as Singing Girl

as Waverly (age 6-9)

as Lindo (age 4)

as Lindo's Mother

as Huang Tai-Tai

as Matchmaker

as Lindo (age 15)

as Lindo's Father

as Lindo's Brother

as Lindo's 2nd Brother

as Pedicab Driver

as Tyan Yu

as Lindo's Servant

as Matchmaker's Friend

as Huang Tai-Tai Servan...

as Servant's Boyfriend

as Mrs. Chew

as Waverly's Brother

as Lindo's Husband

as Shoshana

as Ying Ying (age 16-25...

as Lin-Xiao's Opera Sin...

as Jennifer

as An Mei (age 9)

as An Mei (age 4)

as An Mei's Uncle

as 1st Auntie

as 2nd Auntie

as 3rd Auntie

as An Mei's Nanny

as Suyuan's 1st Twin Da...

as Suyuan's 2nd Twin Da...
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Critic Reviews for The Joy Luck Club

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Four different actresses play the aunties in their youth, which sometimes keeps us struggling to keep the stories straight. That we do is a tribute to the power of Tan's theme about the miscommunication that separates one generation from another.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

One of the most touching and moving of the year's films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Joy Luck Club

A very long movie about 4 Chinese Women, one who is dead and the other 3 who were best friends, also stories about each one's daughters telling of events in there lives and there daughters. It's enjoyable and interesting. 4 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Brilliant ensemble cast with seamless representation of intertwining stories. I know that as a Chinese-American, I should find these stories identifiable - and I do to some extent - but I also think they end melodramatically for a happy effect. I don't share the same catharsis.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Based on the novel by Amy Tan, about four elderly Chinese women who left China for America and their relationships with their American born daughters. Each relationship is strained because of the hardships that each mother had endured. How come Andrew McCarthy never ages?

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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