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Lucky Grandma


World Premiere

USA | 87 MINUTES | Cantonese, English, Mandarin | English subtitles


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.

Director Sasie Sealy brings to life a dark comedy about immigrant life, the vulnerabilities of aging, and an unexpected friendship. Set in alleyways, casino buses, and underground mahjong parlors with a cast of richly drawn characters—including Taiwanese breakout talent Corey Ha—Lucky Grandma is a love letter to Chinatown and an homage to all the badass elderly women who inhabit it.

—Cara Cusumano


Directed by Sasie Sealy

Sasie Sealy is an award-winning filmmaker known for combining visually striking imagery with charming, playful moments. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, twice taking the short filmmaking prize at Tribeca. Lucky Grandma is her feature debut.
Sasie Sealy
Cara Marcous, Krista Parris
Sasie Sealy, Angela Cheng
Eduardo Mayen
Andrew Orkin
Hye Mee Na
Executive Producer
Gerry Ohrstrom, Siggi Hilmarsson, Peter Gilbert, Eddie Linker, Tsai Chin, Melvin Mar
Associate Producer
Joanna Lu, Milton Liu
Gine Liu, Gilana Lobel
Co-Executive Producer
Penny Jackson
Tsai Chin, Corey Ha, Michael Tow, Woody Fu, Wai Ching Ho, Clem Cheung


International Sales Contact
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Parris Pictures
New York, NY 10014
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Treehead Films Inc.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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US Sales Contact
Cara Marcous
Treehead Films Inc.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: 917 494 8133
Press Contact
Wey Lin
New York, NY 10022
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