Double Happiness


1h 27m 1994

Brief Synopsis

Jade Li is a twenty-two-year-old aspiring actress struggling to balance the traditional expectations of her Chinese family with the realities of living in the Western world. Jade is an irreverent, cheeky Chinese-Canadian still living at home with her parents and younger sister. When her family decid

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Alpha Cine; Bob Adams; Critics Choice Catering; Eastman Kodak; Films Effects; National Film Board Of Canada; Panavision, Ltd.; Sedgewick James; Sharpe Sound Studios; TTlTfilm Canada
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES/LES FILMS RENE MALO; Fine Line Features; New Line Home Entertainment; Peripher Filmverleih

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Synopsis

Jade Li is a twenty-two-year-old aspiring actress struggling to balance the traditional expectations of her Chinese family with the realities of living in the Western world. Jade is an irreverent, cheeky Chinese-Canadian still living at home with her parents and younger sister. When her family decides she's old enough to date, the matchmaking begins and Jade is set up with Andrew, a handsome Chinese lawyer. Afraid of being disowned by her father, Jade agrees to this arrangement, especially if it means that her family will leave her alone to pursue her passion for acting. But complications arise when she meets Mark, a white university student. As their relationship grows, Jade struggles to keep Mark at arm's length, trying to walk a line between her two worlds. She must answer the question she's been trying to avoid: you've got one life to live, what's it gonna be?

Crew

Bob Adams

Production Insurance

Ann Anderson

Casting

Barry Arnst

Negative Cutter

Pat Barry

Script Supervisor

Paul Barry

2nd Assistant Director

Yves Bernadette

Best Boy

Michael Bjornson

Production Designer

Gay Black

Negative Cutter

Kevin Blake

Generator Operator

Jackie Bowness

Accountant

Tom Brydon

Photography

Trenton Carlson

Assistant Editor

Lynda Chapple

Assistant Production Coordinator

Shelly Cheung

Production

Kelly Cole

Adr

Ray Condo

Digital Effects Artist

Cathy Cunliffe

Craft Service

Cathy Cunliffe

Medic

Andrew Currie

Production

Andrew Currie

Production

Ken Dangerfiled

Legal Counsel

Caroline Davidson

Costume Supervisor

Debra Dawson

Animator

Debra Dawson

Titles

Robert Decoste

Assistant Camera

Candice Dickens

Art Director

Carl Douglas

Song

Anya Ellis

Makeup

Todd Elyzen

Gaffer

Paul Fafard

Security

Frank Faugno

Sound Designer

Shari Fieldhouse

Foley

Michelle Floyd

Assistant Editor

Dennis Foon

Story Editor

Les Ford

Property Master

Ann Forry

Extras Agent/Coordinator

John Genzel

Accountant

Dean Giammarco

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ann Goobie

Assistant Location Manager

Alison Grace

Editor

Alison Grace

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Ellen Gram

Sound Department

Dorian Gray

Grip

Robert Gray

Titles

Catherine Hamm

Negative Cutter

Tamara Happel

Accounting Assistant

Jill Haras

Art Director

Glen Hawkins

Key Grip

Sarah Hayward

Production

Stephen Hegyes

Producer

Steve Holloway

Costumer

Terry Horsman

Negative Cutter

Chris James

Foley Recordist

Sedgewick James

Production Insurance

Ava Karvonen

Production

Stephen Knauff

Grip

Francis Kramer

Assistant Camera

Bill Kuchera

Location Manager

Bill Kuchera

Location Manager

Laurie Kuchera

Security

Karin Lee

3rd Assistant Director

Woody Lo

Props Assistant

Sheena Macrae

Adr Editor

Jean-paul Mageren

Titles

Judy Mah

Titles

Kate Main

Assistant Set Decorator

Pia Masse

Production

Harley Mccanley

Song

Gregory Middleton

Camera Operator

Al Miller

Music

Francois Milly

Set Decorator

Ryan Munro

Dolly Grip

Joanne Napier

Production

Shirley Anne Parsons

1st Assistant Director

Tina Pehme

Production Coordinator

Robert Petrovicz

Production Manager

Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet

Music

Julianna Raeburn

Music

Jan Ranft

Boom Operator

Tim Richardson

Sound Mixer

Carmen Ruiz-laza

Casting

Paul Sharpe

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Shane Shemko

Foley Artist

Bill Sheppard

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Mina Shum

Song

Mina Shum

Screenwriter

Angela Stevenson

Assistant Editor

Nancy Steyns

Hair

Cynthia Ann Summers

Costume Designer

Nikki Tadema

Caterer

Soren Tanbour

Caterer

Della Tokevich

Digital Effects Artist

Kirk Tougas

Photography

Rose Lam Waddell

Producer

Cam Wagner

Foley Artist

Andy Walker

Publicity

Lisa Wayne

Post-Production Assistant

Jimmy Webb

Song

John Westerlaken

Grip

Peter Wunstorf

Director Of Photography

Andrew Zealley

Song Performer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Alpha Cine; Bob Adams; Critics Choice Catering; Eastman Kodak; Films Effects; National Film Board Of Canada; Panavision, Ltd.; Sedgewick James; Sharpe Sound Studios; TTlTfilm Canada
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES/LES FILMS RENE MALO; Fine Line Features; New Line Home Entertainment; Peripher Filmverleih

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Wolfgang Staudte Prize for Best First Feature Film at the 1995 Berlin International Film Festival.

Winner of two 1994 Canadian Genie Awards, including best actress (Sandra Oh) and best film editing. Film was also nominated for best picture, director, supporting actor (Callum Rennie), original screenplay and cinematography.

Released in United States Summer July 28, 1995

Expanded Release in United States August 4, 1995

Expanded Release in United States August 11, 1995

Expanded Release in United States August 18, 1995

Expanded Release in United States August 25, 1995

Released in United States on Video February 27, 1996

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States September 1994

Released in United States November 1994

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States January 1995

Released in United States February 1995

Released in United States March 1995

Released in United States July 1995

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 30 - October 16, 1994.

Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (New Voices: Canada) in New York City September 18-26, 1994.

Shown at International Festival of Young Cinema (in competition) in Turin, Italy November 18-27, 1994.

Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 30 - April 9, 1995.

Shown at Los Angeles (UCLA) Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival May 26 - June 4, 1995.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Showcase) May 18 - June 11, 1995.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (International Forum) February 9-20, 1995.

Shown at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (closing night) March 2-9, 1995.

Shown at Asian American International Film Festival in New York City July 21-23 & 28-30, 1995.

Feature directorial debut for Mina Shum who earned a B.A. in Theatre and a diploma in Film Production from the University of British Columbia. Shum has previously written and directed six short films, including "Picture Perfect" (Canada/1989) and "Me, Mom and Mona" (Canada/1993).

Received an Honorable Mention for Best Canadian Screenplay at the 1994 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Recipient of a Special Jury Award in the Feature Film Competition at the 1994 International Festival of Young Cinema in Turin, Italy. Also received the Prix Valadata, People's Choice Award.

Released in United States Summer July 28, 1995

Expanded Release in United States August 4, 1995

Expanded Release in United States August 11, 1995

Expanded Release in United States August 18, 1995

Expanded Release in United States August 25, 1995

Released in United States on Video February 27, 1996

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 30 - October 16, 1994.)

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (New Voices: Canada) in New York City September 18-26, 1994.)

Released in United States November 1994 (Shown at International Festival of Young Cinema (in competition) in Turin, Italy November 18-27, 1994.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Los Angeles (UCLA) Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival May 26 - June 4, 1995.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Showcase) May 18 - June 11, 1995.)

Released in United States July 1995 (Shown at Asian American International Film Festival in New York City July 21-23 & 28-30, 1995.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 30 - April 9, 1995.)

Released in United States January 1995 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) in Park City, Utah January 19-29, 1995.)

Released in United States March 1995 (Shown at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (closing night) March 2-9, 1995.)

Released in United States February 1995 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (International Forum) February 9-20, 1995.)