The Joy Luck Club

Drama | English and Mandarin with English subtitles | 139 minutes


In San Francisco, four aging Chinese-American mothers gather frequently to play mahjong and compare stories of their Americanized daughters and grandchildren. Raising daughters who do not revere Chinese culture and values is stressful to the mothers. The daughters, meanwhile, agonize over how deeply affected they are  by the hardships and experiences of their mothers. Reconciliations are not going to be easy. 

Tsai Chin (Lindo Jong) / France Nuyen (Ying-Ying St. Clair) / Lisa Lu (An-Mei Hsu) / Kieu Chinh (Suyuan Woo) / Ming-Na Wen (June Woo) / Tamlyn Tomita (Waverly Jong) / Lauren Tom (Lena St. Clair / Rosalind Chao(Rose Hsu Jordan)
Why Stream This Film?
Four Chinese-American mothers, playing mahjong together in San Francisco,  exchange stories about their past hardships. But mostly they talk about their efforts to instill in their Americanized daughters a reverence for Chinese culture and values. Sometimes they succeed; sometimes they don’t. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 86%
  • Metacritic Score: 84
  • Writers Guild of America: Nominated, Best Adapted Screenplay (Amy Tan, Ronald Bass)
  • National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
  • The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
“THE JOY LUCK CLUB is a celebration of the richness of Asian-American acting talent, a flowering talent that has been waiting so long to be celebrated. THE JOY LUCK CLUB is also one of the most touching and moving films of the year.” 
Roger Ebert

“As directed simply and forcefully by Wayne Wang, with a screenplay skillfully written by Amy Tan and Ronald Bass, THE JOY LUCK CLUB is both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties. Admirers of the best-selling novel will be delighted by the graceful way it has been transferred to the screen.” 
Janet Maslin

The New York Times

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