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The Joy Luck Club Details


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, Rovi

  • Release date:September 8, 1993


Tsai Chin
as Lindo
Kieu Chinh
as Suyuan
Lisa Lu
as An Mei
France Nuyen
as Ying Ying
Rosalind Chao
as Rose
Tamlyn Tomita
as Waverly
Lauren Tom
as Lena
Ming-Na Wen
as June
Michael Paul Chan
as Harold
Andrew McCarthy
as Ted
Christopher Rich
as Rich
Russell Wong
as Lin Xiao
Vivian Wu
as An Mei's Mother
Diane Baker
as Mrs. Jordan
Nicholas Guest
as Hairdresser
Kim Chew
as Mrs. Chew
Lisa Connolly
as Singing Girl
Risa Bramon Garcia
Elizabeth Sung
as 2nd Wife
Heidi Levitt
Victor Wong
as Old Chong
Lucille Soong
as Popo
Philip Moon
as Ken


Wayne Wang
Wayne Wang
Ronald Bass
Ralph Bass
Patrick Markey
Ronald Bass
Amir Mokri
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Maysie Hoy
Jim Poynter
Art Director
Oliver Stone
Executive Producer
Janet Yang
Executive Producer
Jim Poynter
Set Designer
Lydia Tanji
Costume Designer
Marcei Brubaker
First Assistant Director
Josh King
First Assistant Director
Michael Smuin
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