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Lucky Grandma (2019)

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Set in New York City's Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck - and in the middle of a gang war.


Sasie Sealy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsai Chin ... Grandma
Hsiao-Yuan Ha ... Big Pong
Michael Tow ... Little Handsome
Woody Fu ... Pock-Mark
Yan Xi ... Sister Fong
Wai Ching Ho ... Lei Lei the Fortune Teller
Clem Cheung ... Benny Ng
Eddie Yu ... Howard
Mason Yam ... Little David
Lyman Chen ... Sister Fong's Driver
Arden Wolfe ... Nomi
Zilong Zee ... Lao Shei
Kristen Hung Kristen Hung ... Betsy
Emma Hong ... Luna
Wayne Chang ... Bank Manager


In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old grandma (Tsai Chin) 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 (Corey Ha) from a rival gang and soon finds herself in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. Written by Tribeca Film Festival

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The film is inspired by the films director Sasie Sealy watched growing up, as well as the works of Bong Joon-ho. See more »

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An engaging story and an eye for detail make for a fun romp through Chinatown
26 May 2020 | by matthewhensrudSee all my reviews

Found this movie via Alamo's OnDemand site - Lucky Grandma has something for everyone: Light humor, mob intrigue, a lovingly shot Chinatown, and a stand-out score that yanked me in with the first blast of the brass choir.

I don't think there are enough stories featuring the 70+ crowd out there; Tsai Chin paints a very human picture of entitlement (damn the consequences) after a life of hard work. Who doesn't deserve a sack of cash for making it that far?

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22 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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