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Double Happiness (1994)

 -  Drama  -  28 July 1995 (USA)
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Twenty-two year old Chinese-Canadian Jade Li comes from a traditional Chinese family, who try to put on the perfect public persona at all cost so as to "save face". One primary part of this... See full summary »

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Dad Li (as Stephen M.D. Chang)
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Donald Fong ...
Ah Hong
Frances You ...
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Mark (as Callum Rennie)
Claudette Carracedo ...
Lisa Chan
Johnny Mah ...
Andrew Chau
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Uncle Bing
Estelle Coppens ...
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Dr. Ming Chu / Bartender
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Lead Man in Scene with Jade
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Twenty-two year old Chinese-Canadian Jade Li comes from a traditional Chinese family, who try to put on the perfect public persona at all cost so as to "save face". One primary part of this persona is prosperity. Jade's father hopes that true financial prosperity will become reality through penny stocks. 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. 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. Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for one scene of sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Bonheur aigre-doux  »

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$759,393 (USA)
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Quotes

Pearl Li: They're are these two peanuts walking down the street, and one of them gets a-salted.
Jade Li: Ouch.
Pearl Li: Do you get it?
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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Sugar Kane
Written by Sonic Youth
Administered by the David Geffen Company
Published by Sonic Tooth BMI
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It touched a nerve.
27 May 1999 | by (Ann Arbor, MI) – See all my reviews

Several parts of this movie really spoke to me. As a Thai-American in a similar situation to Jade's, I laughed many times and nearly cried several times at scenes in this movie because of how close it hit home for myself. I disagree with other user's comments that the film is too myopic. This movie obviously deals with very personal feelings, and I would only expect Mina Shum to create a film reflecting her point of view. To make it far-reaching and covering several other viewpoints would dilute the film's vision and make it seem less honest and direct than it does.


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