“The Joy Luck Club” has the distinction of being the last major Hollywood feature film with a majority Asian cast telling a contemporary Asian-American story before “Crazy Rich Asians” arrived 25 years later.
With the latter’s success at the box office, it appears the former is coming full circle with a possible sequel, complete with the same cast members reprising their roles.
Producer Ronald Bass revealed such plans during the 25th anniversary screening of “The Joy Luck Club” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills last Wednesday night. The event was highlighted by a reunion of the film‘s main cast.
25 years later, still a family. #joyluckclub ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ My heart is bursting! Endless love and thanks to @amytanwriter , @janetyang1, #waynewang, #ronbass, #jeffreykatzenberg, #oliverstone and @disney for greenlighting and bringing this incredible film about AsianAmericans to life. Joy Luck Club not only spoke to Asians, but to all cultures, all families with heartbreaking and funny stories of the immigrant experience as well as the struggles to connect with one another. The film holds up even after all these years because the stories touch everyone and are timeless. I am so honored and grateful I was a part of this film. Thank you to all the wonderful and talented people who I got to share this journey with 25 years ago. This reunion brought back a floodgate of joyful memories. Thank you to @theacademy for this special event screening. 👍👏#grateful #fortunate #family #love #lovemyjob
“Both the series or sequel, if they happen, will be the same cast 25 years later,” Bass told Entertainment Tonight.
“In other words, the mothers are now grandmothers. The daughters are now mothers and they each have a millennial daughter of their own. So, now it would be a three generation… what’s that like in mother-daughter relations? Today’s world versus first, second generations and immigrants.”
Woke up so puffy from crying for 3 hours straight last night. I attended a special 25th anniversary screening of #TheJoyLuckClub and wept even before the film stared during a panel discussion with #WayneWang, @amytanwriter, @janetyang1, #RonaldBass and some of the beautiful cast: @thekieuchinh , @mingna_wen, #TsaiChin, @tamlyn_tomita, #FranceNuyen and @laurentom9000. Missing from the panel was my friend #RosalindChao and #LisaLu. What an epic, extraordinary and stunning film that holds up beautifully after 25 years. If you’ve never seen it, you’ve missed out—it is a must. Those of us who are children of immigrants have likely experienced some similar roadblocks in our relationships with our parents. This film truly propelled me take the time to better understand my own mother and her relationship to her mother. And I forgot how magnificent the scenes of the mothers as children were. The supporting cast was as amazing as the main cast. And speaking of whom, the third pic is of a few of us with the man I call “the original,” @russellwong88. He’s such a jerk of a husband in this film, but deliciously so. #trueclassic. #ISeeYou
He noted that while a “pilot script” for a TV drama is also already available, a new film may be more likely to get made.
“For someone to buy your script for a feature, anybody can make one if you make it at the right price,” Bass added. “Anybody can release them. So, I would always say a feature is more likely to go than a series.”
The original movie is about four older women — all Chinese immigrants living in San Francisco — who meet regularly to play mahjong, eat, and tell stories.
Based on Amy Tan’s bestselling novel of the same name, “The Joy Luck Club” was moderately successful at the box office when it was released in 1993, generating nearly $33 million in the United States at a $10.5 million budget.
While it received a positive critical reaction, the movie was also criticized for its negative representation of Asian American male characters.