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“The Joy Luck Club” Is In Talks For A Sequel: Here’s What The Cast Looked Like Then And Now

almost 30 years later The Club of Joy and Luck came out, now a sequel is in development. Amy Tan, author of the best-selling novel on which the film is based, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Ron Bass are working together to continue the multi-generational story, with the original main cast in talks to return.

The Club of Joy and Luck It paved the way for Asian and Asian-American representation when it was released in 1993. Following the stories of four Chinese mothers and their Chinese-American daughters, the film portrays first-generation and immigrant women’s experiences, as well as generational divisions and trauma. She also notably starred in an all-East Asian cast, something not seen again in Hollywood for another 25 years when crazy rich asians was released in 2018.

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The sequel is intended to focus on a new generation, with the original film’s four daughters becoming mothers and the mothers becoming grandmothers. So this is what the cast looked like when The Club of Joy and Luck released in 1993 vs. now:

Kiều Chinh played Suyuan (June’s mother):

Chinh, a Vietnamese-American actress, was born in Hanoi, then part of French Indochina, in 1937. She was 56 years old when The Club of Joy and Luck premiered:

Here he is now in 2022 at 84 years old:

Here’s a side by side of Chinh when The Club of Joy and Luck released and now:

Tsai Chin played Lindo (Waverly’s mother):

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Chin, a Chinese actress, was born in Tianjin in 1933 and grew up in the then French Concession of Shanghai under the Western name “Irene Chow”. She was 60 years old when The Club of Joy and Luck premiered:

Here she is in 2019 at 85 years old:

Here’s a side-by-side look:

France Nuyen played Ying-Ying (Lena’s mother):

Nuyen, a French actress of mixed French and Vietnamese descent (although she has said her father was “probably of Chinese origin”), was born in Marseille, France, in 1939. She was 54 years old when The Club of Joy and Luck premiered, and here she is a year later at 55:

Here she is in 2021 at 81 years old:

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Here are the two photos side by side:

Lisa Lu played An-Mei (Rose’s mother):

Lu, a Chinese actress, was born in Beijing, China in 1927 and emigrated to the US, where she found success on television in the 1950s. She was 66 years old when the lucky club premiered:

Here she is in 2021, at a young 94 (!):

Okay, here’s a side-by-side look:

Tamlyn Tomita played Waverly, a single mother and former child chess champion who marries a white man, much to her mother’s annoyance:

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Tomita, a Japanese-American actress, was born in Okinawa City (then under the US Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands) in 1966. She was 27 years old when the lucky club premiered:

Here he is now in 2022, at 56 years old:

Here’s a side-by-side look:

Rosalind Chao played Rose, who has lost her assertive personality and become submissive in order to gain the acceptance of her white husband’s social circle:

Chao, a Chinese-American actress, was born in Anaheim, California in 1957. She was 35 years old when the lucky club premiered:

Here he is now in 2020, at 63 years old:

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And here are the two Rosalinds, side by side:

Lauren Tom played Lena, who has married her boss and is uncomfortable because even though they split the cost of everything equally, he dominates her financial arrangements and ignores her needs:

Tom, a Chinese-American actor, was born in Highland Park, Illinois in 1961. He was 32 years old when the lucky club premiered:

Here she is in 2021 at age 60:

Ming-Na Wen played June, who never lived up to her mother’s expectations as a child due to lack of interest and now feels like a failure in her mother’s eyes:

Wen, a Chinese-American actress, was born in Coloane—then part of Portuguese Macau—in 1963. She was 29 years old when the lucky club premiered:

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Here he is now in 2022 at age 58:

Here are the photos side by side:

May we all age as well as these amazing women!

And if you’re still here, let’s do some Marvel after the credits. Here are some photos of “the mothers” when they were younger:

Here is Kiều Chinh in 1982 in a promotional photo for the ABC TV movie, The letter:

Here he is again with Alan Alda in an episode of MIXTURE in 1977:

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Here she is at 45, 56 and 84 years old:

Here is a photo of Tsai Chin taken during a break from rehearsals for susie wongs world, in which she played Suzie Wong, in 1959:

Here’s another photo of her from 1960:

And here she is with 26, 60 and 85 years:

Here is France Nuyen during the shoot South Pacific in 1958:

Here she is with Goldie Hawn when she guest starred on an episode of the sketch comedy show, Rowan and Martin’s laugh, in 1968:

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Here she is at 19, 55 and 81 years old:

Here is a portrait of Lisa Lu (with her signature!) from 1960:

And here he is again (with James Stewart on the left) in a scene from the mountain road In 1960:

Here she is at 33, 66 and 94 years old:

Are you excited for the sequel? What did you think of the original? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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