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Lucky Grandma

(Rated M)

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“Your lucky day is coming”

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Overview

Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club) delivers an unforgettable turn as a grandma who strikes it rich in Sasie Sealy's delightfully entertaining debut feature Lucky Grandma. In Chinatown, New York, the fiercely independent, chain-smoking Grandma Wong (Tsai Chin) has recently lost her husband, and her family constantly fret about her living alone. Encouraged by the auspicious predictions of a local fortune teller, she hops on the next charter bus to the casino and places all her savings down at the roulette table. She leaves with some unexpected souvenirs: a bagful of dubiously-obtained cash, and a nasty pair of gangsters on her case. Eager to protect herself, Grandma Wong seeks the services of lovable bodyguard Big Pong (Corey Ha), and soon finds herself caught up in a Chinatown gang war.

Official Selection
— Tribeca Film Festival 2019, BFI London Film Festival 2019
“What makes this film special [...] is the performance by Chin, who has lost none of the acerbic edge she sported in The Joy Luck Club
— RogerEbert.com
“Each scene is paced as perfectly as a punchline. Chin exudes cool, and she’s effortlessly funny with her dagger eyes and sardonic jibes”
— The New York Times
“A wickedly entertaining dark comedy, steeped in the colours and characters of New York City’s Chinatown”
— IndieWire

Why You Should See This Film

A love letter to the back alleys, mahjong parlours and buzzing neons of NYC’s Chinatown, Lucky Grandma teems with a living, breathing sense of place. Inspired by the films director Sasie Sealy watched growing up (everything from the films of Wong Kar Wai and Jackie Chan to The Princess Bride and the Coen Brothers), it oozes with a love of cinema as well as a love of a character. Grandma Wong is a special kind of hero rarely seen on the big screen, and Tsai Chin brings her to life with a wickedly sardonic, undeniably badass energy.

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  • Year: 2019
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Sasie Sealy
  • Cast: Tsai Chin, Corey Ha
  • Duration: 88 minutes
  • Language: English, Mandarin with English subtitles, Cantonese with English subtitles
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