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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.
(NR, 100 min.)

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In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller 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 and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. [Good Deed Entertainment]

Starring: Tsai Chin, Hsiao-Yuan Ha, Michael Tow
Director: Sasie Sealy
Languages: English, cmn, yue
Genre(s): Drama, Comed RSVP HERE for LUCKY GRANDMA Wednesday, June 3, 6pm CDT Facebook Live Q&A with director Sasie Sealy.

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"A crowd-pleaser with a slyly magnetic lead performance."

— Harry Windsor, Hollywood Reporter

"Deliciously dry and wry, Lucky Grandma invokes unlikely chuckles because Chin embraces her surly nature."

— Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

"The director Sasie Sealy’s feature debut has style and keenly observed visual humor. Each scene is paced as perfectly as a punchline."

— Devika Girish, The New York Times

"What makes this film special, first and foremost, is the performance by Chin, who has lost none of the acerbic edge she sported as Waverly’s mother in 'The Joy Luck Club.'"

— Matt Fagerholm,

"This isn't a movie about money at all, but is instead a search for the dignity and respect the elderly deserve in a world that too often chooses not to afford it."

— G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"If you’re a fan of comedy, Asian cinema or both, you will almost definitely love this movie. It’s a unique fast-paced film that’ll be sure to entertain even the most persnickety of audiences."

— Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

"It exemplifies the potential of a more inclusive cinematic landscape, one that is guaranteed to alter the predominant Hollywood beliefs regarding what constitutes a mainstream appetite."

— Matt Fagerholm,

"Though the flavors of past genres are present in Lucky Grandma, all those ingredients add up to a truly unique, unforgettable dish that brings a familiar formula to a whole new level."

— Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm