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Includes a special ALFF-hosted video intro and Q&A with writer/director, Mina Shum!


Mina Shum's Vancouver-set coming of age drama is 27 years young! Jade Li (Sandra 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 (Callum Keith 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?


"Everywhere one turns in Double Happiness there is evidence of cultural differences and cognitive dissonance. The triumph of Double Happiness is in hearing laughter and sweetness in the sounds of dissonance." - Marjorie Baumgarten, the Austin Chronicle


Did you know? Sandra Oh won the Genie Award for Best Actress for her role in Double Happiness.

  • Year
    1994
  • Runtime
    87 minutes
  • Language
    English, cantonese
  • Country
    Canada
  • Rating
    12+
  • Director
    Mina Shum
  • Screenwriter
    Mina Shum
  • Producer
    Rose Lam, Stephen Heyges
  • Cast
    Sandra Oh, Alannah Ong, Stephen Chang, Frances You, Johnny Mah, Callum Rennie, Donald Fong
  • Cinematographer
    Peter Wunstorf
  • Editor
    Alison Grace
  • Music
    Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet!