Double Happiness

Director: Mina Shum Year: 1995 Run Time: 87min
Double Happiness (Bonheur aigre-doux) (1995)

Jade Li (Oh), a vivacious Chinese Canadian, wants to become an actress without upsetting her extremely traditional parents. It’s a balancing act that Jade is finding difficult to achieve. Talking in English, wearing western clothes and going out with non-Asian guys, Jade leads a secret life when she leaves her stuffy-but-warm domestic scene each day. Things come to a head when Mark (Rennie), a white Canadian graduate student, insists on turning their casual fling into something more meaningful. It’s a relationship that Jade’s parents would hate. What should she do?

Sandra Oh won the Best Actress Genie for her performance. The film also won prizes in Vancouver, Berlin and Turin.

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Director(s):

Mina Shum

Writer(s):

Mina Shum

Producer(s):

Stephen Hegyes, Rose Lam Waddell

Cast:

Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie

Genre(s):

Drama

Language(s):

English

Subtitles:

English

Region:

Double Happiness is filmed and set in British Columbia. Mina Shum is from British Columbia and lives in Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
PG Manitoba
14 New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
14 Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
14 Prince Edward Island
G Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon