Conflict in "The Joy Luck Club" Film Review by Master Researcher

Conflict in "The Joy Luck Club"
A critical review of the film "The Joy Luck Club" by Wayne Wang.
# 36109 | 900 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 23, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper offers a review of the thematic progress of the story in the film, "The Joy Luck Club", based on Amy Tan's novel of the same name. The paper presents the thesis that through the depiction of the mother-daughter relationship, the director creates a film that highlights not only the conflict between individuals but also that of the culture within which the individual is residing.


From the Paper:

"When we watch the Joy Luck Club we realize that the stories that are working through the basic structure of the movie are not all that common. Of course they are all a part of the immigrant experience but the fact is not many people are ready to face the experience. Sure it happens in front of them and they realize its there but to actually and consciously accept it that's rare. Thus, when the audience watches the movie they are forced to face the mundane and accept that in all its commonness, the plot is pervasive and has an integral truth that we rarely see. The themes woven through the network of stories vary from gender conflict to cultural shock and then from acculturation to role conflict. Each of the sixteen stories within the film have their own unique perspective and the audience, especially the females, find that the film removes all cultural barriers and presents their own story, universal in theme and heartwarming.
"The 'Joy Luck Club' is a reference to the four women who feature in the film who have immigrated from China to the United States: An Mei (Lisa Lu), Ying Ying (France Nuyen), Lindo (Tsai Chin), and Suyuan (Kieu Chinh). Filmed like a saga the story begins with a get together of the various families of the 'Joy Luck Club'. Of the original club members Suyuan has died and so the get together is to say farewell to Suyuan's American-born daughter June (Ming-Na Wen), who is on her way to China."

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