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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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Dad Li (as Stephen M.D. Chang)
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Ah Hong
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Mark (as Callum Rennie)
Claudette Carracedo ...
Lisa Chan
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Carmen the Casting Director
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Dr. Ming Chu / Bartender
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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 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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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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Macarthur Park
Written by Jimmy Webb
Published by Canopy Music, Inc.
Administered by PolyGram International Publishing, Inc.
Performed by Andrew Zealey
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Realistic movie, terrific cast
16 December 1998 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

Double Happiness is a very realistic look at Asian family values and personal values. Sandra Oh as the cheeky Jade Li was excellent. The actor that played her first date Andrew was great too. I was amused at the outcome of this pairing.I was very impressed by Callum Rennie, who played Jade's caucasian boyfriend Mark. There's a quite funny scene between these two that involves a talk about bad clam chowder and "fascist" bouncers. The chemistry/tension between Jade and Mark was great. The rest of the family was great too. Truly a must see movie about relationships.


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