The Joy Luck Club (1993)
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Director Wayne Wang and screenwriter Ronald Bass effectively interweave sixteen mother-daughter tales in their silken film version of Amy Tan's best-selling novel about the clash between generations. The film takes place in present-day San Francisco, concentrating on a group of late-middle-aged Chinese women. Ever since arriving in the United States after World War II, the women have gathered weekly to play mah-jongg and to tell stories, regaling each other with tales of their children and
Sep 8, 1993 Wide
Jun 4, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures
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Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.
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.
Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
If you can get past the the pacing, the length, and the occasional melodrama, "The Joy Luck Club" rewards on two levels: as a look at Asian-American and Asian culture, and as a consideration of the dynamics that shape mother-daughter relationships.
...not only fails to give the novel cinematic stature; it denigrates the delicate beauty of the book itself.
Well mounted adaptation of best seller.
At the end of the press screening, Disney's publicists handed out Kleenex to the critics, an effective marketing tool but one that trivilaize the picture, relegating it to the status of a three-handkerchief women's melodrama.
The pleasure of seeing an underrepresented group on-screen is undercut by the stereotyped approach to almost all involved.
Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters.
The stories are often heart-wrenching and often inspirational. If this is a woman's film, it at least is miles ahead of something like Beaches.
There's no ignoring the fact that The Joy Luck Club is a moving work, both a contemporary and an eternal story about the interlinked boundaries between mothers and daughters.
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