Lucky Grandma ****
Run Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Stars: Tsai Chin, Hsiao-Yuan Ha, Michael Tow
Writers: Angela Cheng, Sasie Sealy
Director: Sasie Sealy
Reviewed at the Tribeca Film Festival
A caper film unlike any you’ve ever seen, first-time director Sasie Sealy has built a raucous, twisty and consistently hilarious yarn around a pitch-perfect performance by Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club, Memoirs of a Geisha).
She plays a recently widowed New York Chinatown matron who, assured by her fortune teller that she’s about to enjoy the luckiest day of her life, heads for a casino to cash in. But there’s good luck and there’s bad luck — and soon Grandma is knee-deep in the latter, dodging bullets in a Chinatown gang war.
Of course, Lucky Grandma has more than fun thrills in mind: It’s also an unvarnished critique of the marginalization of older people in America — whatever their cultural outpost.