Sandra Oh stars as Jade Li, a feisty young Chinese Canadian living a “double life”. In one life, she is a respectful daughter from a traditional Chinese family, dutifully working at the shop of a family friend. In another, she is a modern woman attracted to a slightly awkward but persistent Caucasian graduate student named Mark. She aspires to become an actress despite her parents’ concerns over her career choices, and wishes her family had more Western sensibilities. When her father’s childhood friend arrives for a visit, Jade must juggle her competing identities even more carefully than usual, lest her choice of professions—and boyfriends—shame her family.
Double Happiness premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1994, three years before Anita Lee and Andrew Sun founded the Reel Asian Film Festival. A film ahead of its time, Double Happiness helped pave the way for the appreciation of Asian diaspora films that Reel Asian would go on to showcase to the Canadian public.
Mina Shum (in attendance)
Callum Keith Rennie
Independent writer/director Mina Shum, born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, calls Vancouver home base. She has written and directed award-winning feature films that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences. Her films released commercially in over 50 countries. She is now working on her next fiction feature, Meditation Park, starring Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh and Tzi Mah
Toronto International Film Festival 1994