Director: Mina ShumWriter(s): Mina Shum
Star(s): Mina Shum. Starring: Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie
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
Vancouver-based Shum’s recent documentary Ninth Floor was on TIFF’s 2015 list of Canada’s top ten films. Her features include Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity and Drive, She Said. Shum’s latest film, Meditation Park, stars Sandra Oh and Liane Balaban and premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
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