Mothers and daughters conflict through generations in The Joy Luck Club. The need to be accepted and respected by a parent is profoundly affected by the events in the lives of four Chinese mothers whose lives are told back to World War II, and their daughters who grew up in San Francisco.
This is a tear jerker aimed squarely at women, and it works. Each relationship is resolved with some tears particularly in the eyes of the audience. It is also an extraordinary epic adventure which speaks of the worth of women both in the Chinese and American society.
The cast is very talented and very effective. The only well known player is France Nuyen who plays one of the mothers. She has appeared in many TV shows and was "Liat" in the screen version of South Pacific in the 50s. Each tells her story flashing back to her childhood in China, then forward to today where the present American daughter takes up the story from her point of view.
The Joy Luck Club deserves the attention of adult audiences. The tension, violence and pain are not played with silly explosions and childish simplicity such as Demolition Man. They are in the minds and dreams of people as they are in reality. How there women of courage resolve the damage in their lives and bond as adults with their daughters is a journey which has been taken by many women. It's a "joy" to watch these four American families grow and change and retain hope for their children's future.
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