The Joy Luck Club
June 24, 2012 9:05pm CST
I was asked to read Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club several years back, but my eyes are failing me, I couldn't read books any more, much as I want to. So, when I got hold of a disc, for they turned it into a movie, I watched it with gusto. I was not prepared though for the series of tragedies that befell the women characters, and as I was one of those women who struggled much for life, I related, empathized, sympathized, and "hoped" with these women. The Joy Luck Club is the story of eight Chinese turned American women's journey in finding who they are amidst the harshness of life. I rarely recommend, but watch this, and if you believe your life story is a misery, you might find comfort in the thought that you are not alone.
25 Jun 12
I was made to watch the movie in school in 2002, and I loved it. There were some parts I didn't understand very well, given my English abilities at the time, but the movie still moved me. I got a copy of the book on '09 and have read it no less than five times. There are some really nice details and explanations that were not included in the movie, as with all novels-turned-movies. It's a wonderful read. Just recently I watched the movie online again. This story never gets old. I've got another Amy Tan book called The Hundred Secret Senses. It's as awesome as Joyluck, so I'm looking forward to procuring my third Amy Tan book, The Bonesetter's Daughter.
25 Jun 12
Oh, yes, that one too! Since I have already read two awesome books from the same author, I am even more encouraged to collect all her works. Hope you start reading them soon. I myself wear glasses all the time (combination of genetics and reading a lot even in moving vehicles) so I can only read actual books, not e-books.
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26 Jun 12
It was a must-see for my friends and I (us Asian-Americans). I had a bit of a problem with Tamlyn Tomita's character - only because I know she isn't really Chinese - but that's just a minor thing. The story (though I've never read the book) at least as a movie captured the issues of these Chinese-American women - which actually spoke for many Asian cultures, I think.
25 Jun 12
I agree with you completely! It is a must-watch movie...and a memorable one too. I say memorable because I watched this back in 1993 when I was still living in the States. It was a huge deal, and I remember the author being interviewed left and right, one show after another, and people were asking whether the author thought then that the then soon-to-be-released movie would stay true to the book. I remember when they held a premier night showing in my city, San Francisco, where the book/movie was based...it was a proud moment for the city. I remember crying buckets! My aunt, who read the book before (and was the one who convinced me to watch with her), was crying so much also. If anything, I left the theater filled with a lot of realization and hope. Realization that trials and tragedies are there to toughen one's spirit and soul; and that as long as there is life, there is hope.