LUCKY GRANDMA Dark Comedy 1 hr. 30 min.
In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin, Joy Luck Club, Memoirs of A Geisha, You Only Live Twice) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck... suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.
In English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
"In Sasie Sealy’s darkly funny mafia thriller, the veteran actress Tsai Chin exudes cool.
“Lucky Grandma” puts an older Asian woman center stage without infantilizing her or rendering her pitiful. Chin, best known for “The Joy Luck Club,” exudes cool, and she’s effortlessly funny with her dagger eyes and sardonic jibes. Sealy can’t resist a bit of sentimentality toward the end, however, which upsets the film’s tightrope walk between charm and dark, razor-sharp wit." Devika Girish--New York Times