86 min • Culture, Business & Technology • 2018 • G
Just over 40 years ago, marriage in China was arranged by the state. Love was not on the table and happiness was secondary to politics. Wedding photography consisted of one black and white passport photo of the couple dressed in Mao-style outfits. But now China has fallen in love with romance. Chineses couples take part in lavish pre-wedding photoshoots where they become characters in a fantasy of their choosing. Double Happiness follows couples young and old as they prepare for the shoots which have become important national symbols for freedom, status, and the new Chinese Dream. Double Happiness uncovers China’s new cultural expectations on marriage and modern love.