The Joy Luck Club (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Joy Luck Club (1993)



Critic Consensus: The Joy Luck Club traces the generational divide, unearthing universal truths while exploring lives through the lens of a specific cultural experience.

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Stories told by four elderly Chinese women and their American-born daughters while playing mah-jongg.

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Kieu Chinh
as Suyuan
Tsai Chin
as Lindo
France Nuyen
as Ying Ying
Lisa Lu
as An Mei
Rosalind Chao
as Rose Hsu Jordan
Chao Li Chi
as June's Father
Nicholas Guest
as Hairdresser
Russell Wong
as Lin Xiao
Andrew McCarthy
as Ted Jordan
Diane Baker
as Mrs. Jordan
Jack Ford
as Mr. Jordan
Melanie Chang
as June (age 9)
Vivian Wu
as An Mei's Mother
Wu Tianming
as Wu Tsing
Lisa Connolly
as Singing Girl
Vu Mai
as Waverly (age 6-9)
Ying Wu
as Lindo (age 4)
Mei Juan-Xi
as Lindo's Mother
Guo-Rong Chen
as Huang Tai-Tai
Hsu Ying-Li
as Matchmaker
Irene Ng
as Lindo (age 15)
Qugen Cao
as Lindo's Father
Anie Wang
as Lindo's Brother
Lu Yan
as Lindo's 2nd Brother
Boffeng Liang
as Pedicab Driver
William Gong
as Tyan Yu
Diana C. Weng
as Lindo's Servant
Yuan-Ho C. Koo
as Matchmaker's Friend
Zhi Xiang-Xia
as Huang Tai-Tai Servant
Dan Yi
as Servant's Boyfriend
Kim Chew
as Mrs. Chew
Jason Yee
as Waverly's Brother
Ya Shan-Wu
as Lindo's Husband
Samantha Haw
as Shoshana
Yu Fei-Hong
as Ying Ying (age 16-25)
Grace Chang
as Lin-Xiao's Opera Singer
Melissa Tan
as Jennifer
Yi Ding (II)
as An Mei (age 9)
Emmy Yu
as An Mei (age 4)
You Ming-Chong
as An Mei's Uncle
Fen Tian
as 1st Auntie
Lena Zhou
as 2nd Auntie
Jeanie Lee Wu
as 3rd Auntie
Eva Shen
as An Mei's Nanny
Sheng Yu Ma
as Suyuan's 1st Twin Daughter
Sheng Wei Ma
as Suyuan's 2nd Twin Daughter
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Critic Reviews for The Joy Luck Club

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (35)

Both generations are fearful of revealing their true identities, yet hopeful of discovery. This is the greatest truth of The Joy Luck Club, both the film and the novel.

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This heartrending and transcendent adaptation of Amy Tan's bestseller about a quartet of Chinese American daughters and their immigrant mothers is the ultimate movie about almost everyone's first love: Mom.

December 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Melodramatic? Manipulative? Sure, at times, but great storytellers can get away with anything, and the trio behind this film are in that class.

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While it's a great tear-jerker, it falls short of being a great movie.

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The film persists in telling us what to think and feel, rather than letting us have our own quiet thoughts.

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One warning: the typhoon of emotions makes this an eight-handkerchief movie. Bring four for the mothers, four for the daughters when they realize what brave resolve is hidden in an old woman's stern love.

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Audience Reviews for The Joy Luck Club

A very long movie about 4 Chinese Women, one who is dead and the other 3 who were best friends, also stories about each one's daughters telling of events in there lives and there daughters. It's enjoyable and interesting. 4 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Brilliant ensemble cast with seamless representation of intertwining stories. I know that as a Chinese-American, I should find these stories identifiable - and I do to some extent - but I also think they end melodramatically for a happy effect. I don't share the same catharsis.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Based on the novel by Amy Tan, about four elderly Chinese women who left China for America and their relationships with their American born daughters. Each relationship is strained because of the hardships that each mother had endured. How come Andrew McCarthy never ages?

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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