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DOUBLE HAPPINESS

(1995)
87 mins | Comedy | Family & Family Relationships | Music, Media & Arts | Strong Female Leads |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandNR
Nova Scotia14
P.E.I.14
New Brunswick14
QuebecG
OntarioPG
ManitobaPG
SaskatchewanNR
AlbertaNR
British ColumbiaNR
Northwest TerritoriesNR
NunavutNR
YukonNR

Director: Mina Shum

Writer(s): Mina Shum

Star(s): Mina Shum. Starring: Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie

Synopsis:

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, Italy.

“I was moved to tears by the gratitude expressed by students just because they saw themselves on screen.”
— Mina Shum, filmmaker

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About the Director

Mina Shum

Vancouver-based Shum’s feature film credits include Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity and Drive, She Said. Double Happiness was nominated for five Genies and won two. Her short films include Hip Hop Mom and Me, Mom and Mona.

DOUBLE HAPPINESS

Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12

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