The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

DVD - 200-?
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Follows the story of four lifelong friends, whose lives are filled with joy and heartbreak, and shows how their experiences have affected the hopes and dreams they hold for each of their children.
Publisher: [Hollywood, Calif.?] : Hollywood Pictures Home Video ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Video, [200-?]
ISBN: 9780788836039
078883603X
Branch Call Number: DVD Joy Luc
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 139 min.) : ill., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Walter724
Sep 04, 2020

I just watched this again: it's been 20+ years since I've seen this film. It's still a great movie, well-acted, and with a touching story. This movie and Amy Tan stories will always have a place in my heart.

JCLHeatherM Aug 09, 2020

Four women create a lifelong friendship that lasts over several decades while playing mah jong, gossiping, and boding with one another. Their bond extends to their families, bringing everyone together to celebrate the high and low points of life. When one of the founding mothers die, her daughter takes her place and discovers her past family history. The history of the different sets of mothers and daughters are displayed through flashbacks and memory pops, all interwoven back to the present day context. Relationships are examined, secrets are uncovered, and the possibility of a new and brighter future lingers on as the families face each new day.

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bell5133
Aug 25, 2019

Every flashback made me cry.

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akirakato
May 22, 2019

Directed by Wayne Wang in 1993 based on the 1989 novel by Amy Tan, this Chinese-American drama depicts the lives of the four Chinese-American immigrant families in San Francisco.
The film reveals the hidden pasts of the older mothers and their daughters and focuses on how the clash of Chinese and American cultures shape their lives as they strive to understand their family bonds.
It turns out as a profoundly heart-rendering and genuinely inspirational drama with cultural diversity.

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militaryschloB311
May 04, 2019

My Waterloo-My daughter gave ME 'thweatt-shirt' : "MARY-JW-BLEIGHE".

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lukasevansherman
Nov 01, 2018

This 1993 adaptation of Amy Tan's novel has been mentioned a lot lately in conjunction with "Crazy Rich Asians," as both were the rare majority Asian (both in front of and behind the camera) films. It's not entirely accurate to say "CRA" was the first major Asian production since "JLC," as there was the indie film "Better Luck Tomorrow," "The Namesake," and, I guess, "Memoirs of a Geisha," which had a mostly Asian cast, but a white director. "JLC" tries, with mixed results, the complex structure of Tan's novel, so it involves multiple voiceovers and flashbacks. It is somewhat uneven, but still affecting and well performed. Ming Na-Wen would show up on "Agents of Shield," Tamlyn Tomita was in "Karate Kid 2," and Lisa Lu is also in "CRA." Oh, and Andrew McCarthy! Directed by Wayne Wang and co-written by Tan.

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kpelish
Jul 23, 2018

A soap-opera-ish tone detracts from four women's interesting journeys as they arrive in America, adjust, and raise their Chinese-American daughters in dual cultures.

libtechlady Mar 14, 2017

Beautifully shot and acted movie. The book by Amy Tan is excellent and the movie reflects that well. I cry at the end every time.

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alicat1
Mar 14, 2017

While the movie cannot possibly mirror the vivid detail
of print literature, it still wonderfully weaves the many stories and
generations.

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clarap
Dec 06, 2016

Loved this movie, but towards the end the movie disc was perhaps was scratched, so it would not continue to the end. Good movie.

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bell5133
Aug 25, 2019

bell5133 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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