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 grandchildren, giving each other a sense of hope and renewal in the midst of poverty and hardship. The Joy Luck Club is made up of four women -- Suyuan (Kieu Chinh), Lindo (Tsai Chin), Ying Ying (France Nuyen), and An Mei (Lisa Lu). But when Suyuan dies, the three surviving members invite Suyuan's daughter June (Ming-Na Wen) to take her place. Along with the daughters of the other members -- Waverly (Tamlyn Tomita), Lena (Lauren Tom), and Rose (Rosalind Chao) -- June is a Chinese-American with only a passing interest in her rich cultural heritage. But through vignettes that switch back and forth in time, the daughters begin to appreciate the struggles of their mothers to start their families in the optimistic promise of the United States.~Paul Brenner
I had seen this movie about 25 years ago when it first came out, and I've seen it probably 8 times. It was time for me to get it on DVD, and I bought an extra copy to give away as a gift because it's such a good movie.
I bought this movie as a gift. The person receiving the gift has always told me about the movie but I had never seen it. After we watched it I thought it was pretty decent film. The characters are very interesting and the story is pretty deep. I probably never would have watched this on my own but was glad to have seen it after it was done. This movie is nearly impossible to find in the stores (I've been looking for almost a year) so I would highly recommend ordering it if you are looking to get it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Joy Luck Club
This will remain to be an amazing movie. I could never regret this purchase ever!!