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Family ghosts, generational conflict, and the immigrant experience frame this episodic comedy-drama about a Chinese-born Canadian woman's quest for self-definition, which marked the debut of writer/director Mina Shum. Jade Li (Sandra Oh), an aspiring actress in her early twenties, lives at home with her strict father (Stephen Chang), her dutiful mother (Alannah Ong), and her sweet younger sister, Pearl (Frances You). Their older brother, Winston, has been disowned -- a fate Jade is not eager to share, both for her own sake and to spare her family pain. Therefore, although she manages to land a few bit parts on camera, Jade spends most of her time working in the shop owned by a family friend, performing the duties of a respectful daughter and suffering through arranged dates with prosperous young Chinese men. An adept cultural chameleon, though, she also leads a double life, hanging out with best friend Lisa (Claudette Carracedo) and beginning a tentative romance with Caucasian college student Mark (Callum Keith Rennie). When her father's childhood friend arrives for a visit, however, Jade must juggle her competing identities even more carefully than usual, lest her choice of professions -- and boyfriends -- shame her father. After premiering at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival, Double Happiness won several international awards and made its U.S. bow at Sundance in 1995. Writer/director Shum -- who, like her protagonist, was born in Hong Kong but raised in Canada -- appears briefly on camera as a casting director who doesn't think Jade is Chinese enough. Oh, who is actually of Korean descent, won a best actress Genie Award (the Canadian equivalent of an Oscar) for her portrayal of Jade. The part of Dad Li marked a departure for Chang, a frequent martial arts movie villain and real-life friend of [[Performer~P41139~Bruce Lee~brucelee]]. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Genie Awards Mina Shum Best Original Screenplay 1994 Nominee
Genie Awards Mina Shum Best Director 1994 Nominee
Genie Awards Peter Wunstorf Best Cinematography 1994 Nominee
Genie Awards Sandra Oh Best Actress 1994 Winner
Genie Awards Callum Keith Rennie Best Supporting Actor 1994 Nominee
Genie Awards Alison Grace Best Editing 1994 Winner

Cast

Sandra Oh
as Jade Li
Stephen Chang
as Dad Li
Alannah Ong
as Mom Li
Frances You
as Pearl Li
Callum Keith Rennie
as Mark
Donald Fong
as Sau Wan Chin
Claudette Carracedo
as Lisa Chan
Barbara Tse
as Mrs. Mar
Nathan Fong
as Bartender
Nathan Fong
as Dr. Ming Chu
Laara Ong
as Selina
Gene Kiniski
as Man at Bus Stop
Dennis Foon
as Director
Tony Seaver
as Bouncer
Estelle Coppens
as Lead Woman
Mimi Mok
as Mrs. Mar
Leslie Ewen
as Carmen
Wong Shuck
as See-Fu Geomancer
Mina Shum
as Janet Eng

Crew

Mina Shum
Director
Stephen Hegyes
Producer
Mina Shum
Screenwriter
Peter Wunstorf
Cinematographer
Tim Richardson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mina Shum
Songwriter
Harley McCanley
Songwriter
Alison Grace
Editor
Michael Bjornson
Production Designer
Jill Haras
Art Director
Candice Dickens
Art Director
Cynthia Summers
Costume Designer
Frank Faugno
Sound/Sound Designer
Gregory Middleton
Camera Operator
Carmen Ruiz-Laza
Casting
Tim Richardson
Sound Mixer
Robert Petrovicz
Production Manager
Barry Arnst
Negative Cutter
Ryan Munro
Dolly Grip
Shane Shemko
Foley Artist
Sheena Macrae
ADR Editor
Soren Tanbour
Craft Service/Catering
Robert Decoste
First Assistant Camera
Tamara Happel
First Assistant Accountant
Terry Horsman
Negative Cutter
Tina Pehme
Production Coordinator
Todd Elyzen
Gaffer
Trent Carlson
Second Assistant Editor
Woody Lo
Assistant Properties
Bill Kuchera
Location Manager
Bill Mellow
Foley Recordist
Bill Sheppard
Re-Recording Mixer
Steven Vincent Holloway
Costume/Wardrobe
Cam Wagner
Foley Artist
John Westerlaken
Grip
Angela Stevenson
Second Assistant Editor
Kate Main
Set Dresser
Ann Forry
Extra Casting
Ann Goobie
Assistant Location Manager
Kirk Tougas
Still Photographer
Les Ford
Properties Master
Lisa Wayne
Post Production Assistant
Anya Ellis
Makeup
Michelle Floyd
First Assistant Editor
Jackie Bowness
Production Accountant
Jan Ranft
Boom Operator
Nancy Steyns
Hair Styles
Patricia Barry
Script Supervisor
Caroline Davidson
Costumes Supervisor
Catherine Hamm
Negative Cutter
Chrissie James
Foley Recordist
Dean Giammarco
Re-Recording Mixer
Dennis Foon
Story Editor
Dorian Gray
Grip
Alison Grace
Dialogue Editor
Glen Hawkins
Key Grip
Francis Kramer
Second Assistant Camera
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