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"Between every mother and daughter there is a story that must be told."
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The Joy Luck Club is the film adaptation of the popular novel that focuses on the lives of Asian-Americans in San Francisco. Four elderly women meet every week to play mah-jong and talk about their lives. Each of these woman has an adult daughter and every week they talk about the problems that their daughters go through. Many of the problems between the mothers and daughters are a result of conflicts between Asian culture, namely Chinese, and having the daughters wanting to adopt American customs. All of the women are currently going dramatic problems in their romantic relationships as well. One woman’s husband cheats on her and she has to decide if they will reconcile or not. Another woman’s husband is a stingy cheapskate who wants to split all the bills with her fifty/fifty. Although these problems are shown, the focus of the film is on the relationships between the mothers and daughters.

The mothers who meet every week all came to the United States after World War II. When they arrived in the States, they struggled with being poor and not knowing the language. The four women who make up the Joy Luck Club are very attached to each other and when one dies, the surviving three decided to ask her daughter, June, if she will join the club. The daughter agrees to join the club out of respect for her mother, however she soon begins to learn an appreciation for her rich cultural heritage by hearing stories of the women’s past.

June soon learns from the women that her mother was forced to flee China when it became communist. When she fled, June’s mother left behind two children which turn out to be June’s long-lost sister. June decides she will take a trip to China in an attempt to reunite with them.

| 1993 | 2 hr 19 min | 7.7/10 | 84/100
Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu
Wayne Wang
Produced By
Oliver Stone

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