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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 Bruce Lee. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi


Awarded by
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


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
Gene Kiniski
as Man at Bus Stop
Tony Seaver
as Bouncer
Wong Shuck
as See-Fu Geomancer
Mina Shum
as Janet Eng
Laara Ong
as Selina
Nathan Fong
as Bartender
Nathan Fong
as Dr. Ming Chu
Estelle Coppens
as Lead Woman
Leslie Ewen
as Carmen
Mimi Mok
as Mrs. Mar
Dennis Foon
as Director


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