Picture of Movie "The Joy Luck Club (1989)" Directed by Wayne Wang. Screenplay by Amy Tan, Ronald Bass. Consists of sixteen interlocking stories about the lives of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their four American-born daughters. In 1949, four mothers meet at the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco and agree to continue to meet to play mah jong. Structurally, the novel is divided into four major sections, with two sections focusing stories of the mothers and two sections on the stories of the daughters.