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Double Happiness (film)

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Director  Mina Shum
Initial DVD release  April 17, 2007
Writer  Mina Shum
Language  English/Cantonese
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  Canada
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Release date  September 7, 1994 (Toronto Film Festival) July 28, 1995 April 10, 1997
Music director  Don Pyle, Dallas Good, Reid Diamond, Brian Connelly
Cast  Sandra Oh (Jade Li), Stephen Chang (Dad Li), Alannah Ong (Mom Li), Donald Fong (Ah Hong), Frances You (Pearl Li), Callum Keith Rennie (Mark)
Similar movies  Sandra Oh appears in Double Happiness and Long Life - Happiness & Prosperity

Double happiness

Double Happiness is a 1994 Canadian drama film directed by Mina Shum, co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The film stars Sandra Oh as Jade Li, an actress struggling to assert her independence from the expectations of her Chinese Canadian family. Callum Keith Rennie also stars as Mark, Jade's love interest.


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Oh received critical acclaim for her performance, and won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the film.

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Jade Li (Sandra Oh) is a feisty, 22-year-old Chinese-Canadian aspiring actress who lives at home with her traditional Chinese family: her strict father (Stephen Chang), her dutiful mother (Alannah Ong), and her sweet younger sister, Pearl (Frances You). Their older brother, Winston, has been disowned—a fate Jade is not eager to share, both for her own sake and to spare her family pain.

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Her family tries to put on the perfect public persona at all costs so as to maintain their dignity as well as uphold their traditional Chinese values. One primary part of this persona is prosperity. Jade's father hopes that true financial prosperity will become reality through penny stocks. Jade, meanwhile, tries to achieve that happy medium between giving in to her parent's wishes and fulfilling her own needs and desires - double happiness. Therefore, although she manages to land a few bit parts on camera, Jade spends most of her time working in the shop owned by a family friend, performing the duties of a respectful daughter and suffering through arranged dates with prosperous young Chinese men. An adept cultural chameleon, though, she also leads a double life, hanging out with best friend Lisa (Claudette Carracedo).

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When her father's childhood friend arrives for a visit, Jade must juggle her competing identities even more carefully than usual, lest her choice of professions—and boyfriends—shame her father. Because of its instability, Jade's parents don't understand or widely publicize Jade's aspirations to be an actress. Their main want for Jade is to date and marry a nice Chinese boy, a goal for which Jade's extended family also strives as they are always trying to introduce her to Chinese boys. Initially, they believe that the boy is Andrew, with who Jade even agrees to go out. But Jade, beyond wanting to be an actress, wishes her family had more western sensibilities. She is attracted to a slightly awkward but persistent Caucasian English graduate student named Mark. Jade has to figure out how to both please her family, who would not approve of her dating a Caucasian, and be true to herself. Her older brother is already out of the picture for that very reason. Naturally, something must give sooner or later, and the facade of the perfect Chinese daughter soon begins to crumble.


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  • Sandra Oh as Jade Li
  • Stephen Chang as Dad Li (Lead) (as Stephen M.D. Chang)
  • Alannah Ong as Mom Li
  • Frances You as Pearl Li
  • Johnny Mah as Andrew Chau
  • Callum Keith Rennie as Mark
  • Claudette Carracedo as Lisa Chan
  • Greg Chen as Uncle Bing
  • Mimi Mok as Mrs. Mar
  • Lesley Ewen as Carmen the Casting Director
  • Donald Fong as Ah Hong
  • Nathan Fong as Dr. Ming Chu/Bartender
  • Dennis Foon as Director
  • Tosca Chin Wah Leong as Linda Taylor Wong, Ch. 4 News
  • Estelle Coppens as Lead Woman in Scene with Jade
  • Kevin Kelly as Lead Man in Scene with Jade
  • Gene Kiniski as Man at Bus Stop

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