Lucky Grandma

87 mins.
Directed by Sasie Sealy
English, Mandarin, and Cantonese with subtitles
2020

Playing through Thursday, June 4.
 

  • Ticket price: $12 for unlimited viewing within a 5-day rental period.
     
  • How to watch: Available to watch through the Kino Now app for Roku and Apple TV, or through your internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet.
     

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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 in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

Director Sasie Sealy brings to life a dark comedy about immigrant life, the vulnerabilities of aging, and an unexpected friendship. Set in alleyways and underground mahjong parlors with a cast of richly drawn characters (including Taiwanese movie star Corey Ha), LUCKY GRANDMA is a love letter to Chinatown and an homage to all the badass elderly women who inhabit it.