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Double Happiness

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87 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: September 7, 1994 (TIFF)
Release date: July 28, 1995
Canadian distributor: Fine Line Features


Sandra Oh plays Jade Li, a 22-year-old aspiring actress who was born in Hong Kong but raised in Vancouver, where her parents try to maintain Chinese traditions in the North American melting pot. Stephen Chang plays her too strict father and Alannah Ong, her dutiful mother. Her sweet younger sister, Pearl is played by Frances You. Jade lives at home but wants to move out to pursue her career and independence, but is prevented by the memory of her brother, Winston, who was disowned for a similar act. Her parents want her to marry a Chinese lawyer (who turns out to be gay), while her relationship with Mark (Callum Keith Rennie), a white university student, deepens. Naturally, something must give sooner or later, and the facade of the perfect Chinese daughter soon begins to crumble. Director Mina Shum’s debut feature film skillfully examines the struggles of the young woman as she attempts to balance her individuality and freedom with her culture and her family’s rigid demands.

Sandra Oh won a Genie Award for best actress, and the film won another for best editing. The title comes from an English translation of the traditional Chinese symbol signifying a wedding and is always painted in red.



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Crew:
Producer: Stephen Hegyes
Rose Lam Waddell
Director:

Mina Shum

Screenwriter:

Mina Shum

Cinematographer:

Peter Wunstorf

Editor:

Alison Grace

Composer:

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

Production Designer:

Michael Bjornson

Art Director:

Candice Dickens
Jill Haras
François Milly (Set decoration)

Costume Designer:

Cynthia Summers

Cast:Roles:

Sandra Oh
Stephen Chang
Alannah Ong
Donald Fong
Frances You
Callum Keith Rennie
Claudette Carracedo
Johnny Mah
Greg Chan
Estelle Coppens
Lesley Ewen
Nathan Fong
Dennis Foon
Kevin Kelly
Gene Kiniski
Rose Lam Waddell
Tosca Chin Wah Leong
Mimi Mok
Laara Ong
Tony Seaver
Wong Shuck
Mina Shum
So Yee Shum
May Tam

Jade Li
Dad Li
Mom Li
Ah Hong
Pearl Li
Mark
Lisa Chan
Andrew Chau
Uncle Bing
Lead Woman in Scene with Jade
Carmen the Casting Director
Dr. Ming Chu / Bartender
Director
Lead Man in Scene with Jade
Man at Bus Stop
Producer
Linda Taylor Wong
Mrs. Mar
Selina
No-No! Club Bouncer
See-Fu Geomancer
Janet Eng
Auntie Bing
Grandmother