英文名：The Joy Luck Club
导演：王颖 Wayne Wang
周采芹 Tsai Chin
卢燕 Lisa Lu
The Joy Luck Club was formed by four women in San Francisco: Lindo Jong (Tsai Chin), Ying-Ying St. Clair (France Nuyen), An-Mei Hsu (Lisa Lu), and Suyuan Woo (Kieu Chinh). The members have mainly played mahjong and told each other’s stories over the years. They emigrated from their native country, China, remarried, and gave birth to children in America. Suyuan’s daughter June (Ming-Na Wen) replaced her when Suyuan died four months before the time the film is set. The mothers have high hopes for their daughters’ success, but the daughters struggle through “anxieties, feelings of inadequacy, and failures.” Throughout the film, the mothers and daughters bond by learning to understand each other and by overcoming their conflicts.
The film begins with June’s prologue tale. In the prologue, a woman (presumably Suyuan) bought a swan in China from a market vendor who was selling it as “a duck that stretched its neck [to become] a goose.” She kept it as her pet and brought it to the United States. When the immigration officials took it away from her, she plucked out only a swan feather instead while she struggled to grab the swan away. For a long time, the woman had kept the feather, planning to someday give the feather to her daughter.
Then the film transits to June’s farewell surprise party in San Francisco for her upcoming reunion with her long-lost twin sisters in China. Among the guests are members of The Joy Luck Club, their daughters, other relatives, and friends. The following characters below narrate their journeys to the audience while they reflect upon their pasts.
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