Double Happiness (1994)

PG-13  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Dad Li (as Stephen M.D. Chang)
Donald Fong ...
Ah Hong
Frances You ...
Mark (as Callum Rennie)
Claudette Carracedo ...
Lisa Chan
Johnny Mah ...
Andrew Chau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Greg Chan ...
Uncle Bing
Estelle Coppens ...
Lead Woman in Scene with Jade
Carmen the Casting Director
Nathan Fong ...
Dr. Ming Chu / Bartender
Dennis Foon ...
Kevin Kelly ...
Lead Man in Scene with Jade
Gene Kiniski ...
Man at Bus Stop


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 whom 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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Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bonheur aigre-doux  »

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$759,393 (USA)

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Lisa: What is it that you want Jade?
Jade Li: To win the Academy Award.
Lisa: And I get invited to the ceremony?
Jade Li: Of course. You know, I'd get nominated for a really dramatic part. Something really hard and real. I don't know, something that I had to, like, gain weight for. Something.
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a charming little movie
9 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie was a nice little picture about a group of Asans living in Canada and they all seemed like nice people, despite the differences in how they adapt to living in a new land. The parents are very traditional and want their daughter to marry a traditional Chinese man. I like their portrayal because they want what's best for her and are not ogres. The daughter, who is NOT tradition-bound wants to make her own way in life and resists her parents by "doing her own thing" when they aren't looking.

The acting and writing is excellent, as the story rings true to life. If you like this movie, I strongly recommend EAT, DRINK, MAN WOMAN--a Taiwanese film that covers some of the same ground but seems to do an even better job (if that's even possible!).

NOTE: since first reviewing this movie, I saw BOLLYWOOD/Hollywood. It's another Canadian film but this time instead of focusing on Chinese culture, it concerns Indian culture. It, too, involves the older generations pushing their kids NOT to marry Caucasians but find a nice boy or girl from back home. Very similar and just as wonderful as DOUBLE HAPPINESS. Watch them both!

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