There are only a handful of movies that I will watch more than once. Some are comedies, some documentaries, and a few dramas. The Joy Luck Club is one of those movies.
It’s the tale of four Chinese immigrants, all older women, who now live in San Francisco and now meet to play mahjong. During these games they share a meal and stories about their lives before coming to America.
Each of the women have an adult daughter and the stories center around the mother/daughter relationship. It also explores the cultural conflicts caused by this new generation of Chinese-Americans growing up in their adopted country.
Through the stories we learn that all of the older women are hiding a secret past. They reveal the things they had to do to survive. These stories are shared in a way that gives the viewer a chance to understand each unique view.
There will be tears. Their stories are sad and feel very real as do the relationships. The superb acting, costuming, and cinematography make this an ageless story. But this isn’t a documentary and many call it racist for the way it portrays Asian men. I say it’s a story with a heart and it doesn’t speak for all Asian people
The Joy Luck Club Cast: Kieu Chinh (21, City of Angels); Tsai Chin (Casino Royal, Memoirs of A Geisha; France Nuyen (Santa Barbara, South Pacific); Lisa Lu (2012, The Last Mother); and Ming-Na (Mulan, TV’s “ER”)
“The Joy Luck Club” is available For the First Time on Blu-ray™ with New Digital Restoration
The restoration was done beautifully. The film looks fresh and clean and ready for a new generation to discover and enjoy.
- Release Date: December 11, 2013
- Suggested Retail Price: $20.00 U.S. / Canada
- Rating: R (for strong depiction of thematic material)