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Double Happiness (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 28 July 1995 (USA)
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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Mina Shum

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Mina Shum
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Cast

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

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Rated PG-13 for one scene of sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Fine Line

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bonheur aigre-doux See more »

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Gross USA:

$759,393
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Jade Li: I look like Connie Chung.
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Kung Fu Fighting
Written by Carl Douglas
Published by Oktave Musikverlag/Ed Carren Music
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a charming little movie
9 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee 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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