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Joy Luck Club and Guilt

The Joy Luck Club is a 1993 American movie about the relationships between Chinese-American females and their Chinese moms. The film was directed by Wayne Wang as well as stars, including Ming-Na Wen, Lauren Tom,, Rosalind Chao,France Nguyen, Tamlyn Tomita, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin and Lisa Lu. The movie is based on the eponymous 1989 novel by Amy Tan, who managed to co-write the screenplay with Ronald Bass. It was produced by Tan, Bass, Wang and Patrick Markey, with Oliver Stone as an executive producer.

Four older females, all Chinese immigrants residing in San Francisco, meet on a regular basis to eat, play mahjong, and tell stories. Each of these females has an adult Chinese-American daughter. The movie discloses the hidden pasts of the older females as well as their daughters and how their lives are formed by the clash of American and Chinese cultures as they strive to realize their family bonds and one another.

Development of the project started when in 1989, Wang approached Tan at the time of the novel's publication. Concerned about the novel's complex storytelling as well as character development, they teamed up with Bass in January 1990. By the way, Bass added a farewell party not in exactly the original novel as well as voiceovers to compress the movie’s storytelling without changing the key plot. In 1990, Carolco Pictures initially backed the project until the moviemakers turned down the contract for not getting the creative control that they actually demanded. After between August and November of 1991 the first draft was written, the moviemakers shifted to Hollywood Pictures in spring 1992. The filming broke out in San Francisco, the novel as well as the movie’s main setting, in October 1992. Then, in 1993, in China the creative process proceeded. In March 1993, the filming was completed.

In 1993, the movie as privately screened in sneak previews as well as film festivals in August and September of the same year. It premiered in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. With the movie’s $10.5 million budget, it was modestly successful in the box office. It received positive critical reactions, though also criticism of its too stereotypical presentation of Asian American male characters.

Reviews of The Joy Luck Club were mostly positive. For instance, CinemaScore reported that audiences granted the movie an A+ grade. Critics stressed that the film’s key accomplishment was the depiction of how the brutality of the lives of females in China could keep impacting the lives of their American daughters.

The Joy Luck Club is a 1993 American movie about the relationships between Chinese-American females and their Chinese moms. The film was directed by Wayne Wang as well as stars, including Ming-Na Wen, Lauren Tom,, Rosalind Chao,France Nguyen, Tamlyn Tomita, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin and Lisa Lu.

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