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The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Drama movie directed by Wayne Wang

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Emotional roller coaster

  • Dec 10, 2005
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I knew I would love this movie because I loved the book and I didn't find it difficult to follow at all. I seen it numerous times and I absolutely love films like this. You can not see this film and not become emotionally involved with the characters. Only someone with a heart of stone will walk away without at least a lump in their throat. There are some drop-dead funny scenes and some tragic scenes that will never leave your mind.
These relationships make you stop and think about the people in your own life, especially your family... their motives, desires, true feelings, etc. A fabulous and emotionally rich film. Not a "chick flick" but a stirring thinking person's film. The scenery, costumes, etc. are also stellar. So why should you see the "The Joy Luck Club," because the cast are talented and portrayed there roles very well. If the current affection for having Asian women in films lasts then maybe we could see more of these fine actresses. Too bad that so many wonderful actors can get typecast because of race but there is hope.
Wayne Wang's direction is great. This story goes from funny to sad to touching without being cliche. This movie might be marketed more toward women, and it does hit on great female relationships witch the other gender can enjoy. "The Joy Luck Club" is an incredible piece of film.

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The 1993 film adaptation of Amy Tan's bestselling novel is both a delight and a moving experience, an anthology of stories wrapped in one Chinese-American woman's journey to understand her roots. Wayne Wang (Eat a Bowl of Tea) directs a large, outstanding cast spread over eight different tales of the lives of Chinese women, most of them set in the past. The script by Tan and Ronald Bass (Rain Man) is a delicate balance of emotions that swell but don't gush, and Wang brings impressive texture and a personal feel to Tan's descriptions of daily life in the Chinese-American community. This sprawling, good-looking movie makes for a cathartic tearjerker one can feel good about.--Tom Keogh
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Director: Wayne Wang
Genre: Drama
Screen Writer: Amy Tan
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
Runtime: 139 minutes
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
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