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The Joy Luck Club THE JOY LUCK CLUB (R) An emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another: What plot there is exists simply to set up the next Big Cry....The Joy Luck ClubDramaPT139MR THE JOY LUCK CLUB (R) An emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another: What plot there is exists simply to set up the next Big Cry....1993-09-24Andrew McCarthyMing-NaFrance NuyenAndrew McCarthy, Ming-Na, France NuyenBuena Vista Pictures
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The Joy Luck Club

Genre: Drama; Starring: Rosalind Chao, Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, Lauren Tom, Tamlyn Tomita, Andrew McCarthy, Ming-Na, France Nuyen; Director: Wayne Wang; Author: Ronald Bass, Amy Tan; Producer (person): Oliver Stone; Runtime (in minutes): 139; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

THE JOY LUCK CLUB (R) An emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another: What plot there is exists simply to set up the next Big Cry. Adapted from the Amy Tan best-seller, Joy details the relationships of four older Chinese women with their four Americanized daughters. Unfortunately, little is shown that isn’t also described in voice-over, a books-on-audiotape approach that mistakes the literal for the literary. The cast is the main reason to see the film. Asian-American actresses like Tamlyn Tomita and Rosalind Chao rarely get a shot at leading parts, and you can feel their relief in the generous, intelligent performances. But there’s only so long you can keep a lump in your throat before you start to choke on it.