Categories this film falls into:
double happiness (1994)
Jade must decide whether to follow her parents' will or her own dreams.
This is such a great feel good movie. The storytelling is fantastic, the actors are fantastic, the direction is fantastic. All this, plus a story being told by a Chinese-Canadian 20-something who purposefully plays on Asian stereotypes throughout the film.
It's great to have a film set in North America where Asians are not portrayed simply as the corner shopkeeper with only minor roles and no personality. This entire family has personality - and one of the things I love most about films - they are all very human. Mina Shum did a fabulous job of introducing and developing the characters throughout the progression of the film.
If you ever feel like the world is weighing on you, you have no one who truly believes in you, and you have some tough decisions to make, watch this film. It'll make you sit back and take stock and realize, I am the only one to decide my future.
THINGS I LOVE
The film's graceful
mix of humor and seriousness. Jade is grappling with serious issues
and this film does not make light of them nor does it turn into a bogged
swings. I love the filming of this scene where Jade is swinging and
then all of a sudden Mark is on the swings - her realization he is there,
etc. The framing is wonderful.