After winning a large sum of money, a grouchy, chain-smoking grandmother finds herself mixed up with a seedy Chinatown gang in this wry, quirky comedy.
When the cantankerous, 80-year-old Chinatown resident known only as Grandma (Tsai Chin, The Joy Luck Club) becomes newly widowed, she seeks out a local fortune teller, who informs her that she will soon have immense luck. Grandma decides to go all-in at a casino and wins the jackpot. But she soon encounters the downside of good fortune when her winnings attract the attention of the Red Dragon gang. In hot pursuit of Grandma and her newfound wealth, Red Dragon’s henchmen have her on the run through the narrow alleys of Chinatown. Fearing for her life, Grandma hires a bodyguard (breakout Taiwanese talent Corey Ha) from a rival gang. The two form an unexpected friendship as they find themselves in the throes of an all-out gang war—all the while Grandma must keep her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren in the dark and out of danger. Directed by first timer Sasie Sealy and co-written by Sealy and Angela Cheng, this sharp comedy shines a loving light on an inscrutable character and her touching familial devotion.
CAST: TSAI CHIN, COREY HA, MICHAEL TOW, WOODY FU
In Competition: First Feature Award
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