gbernal73’s review published on Letterboxd:
I have seen Asian films for a long time. Most of these movies represent a visual blueprint of societies in China, Korea, or Japan. From the history of the country, traditions, and myths. But then a couple of filmmakers, like Yôjirô Takita, Chan-wook Park, Bong Joon Ho, Yimou Zhang, Kar-Wai Wong, and Lulu Wang changed that by making more modern and contemporary stories about people, their problems, struggles, and their success.
Director Sasie Sealy’s created this world that could be connected in the same universe of Lulu Wang film The Farewell. Taking place in NY Lucky Grandma tells the story of Grandma Wong (Tsai Chin) is a fiercely independent and bad-tempered woman living by herself in Chinatown.
Her son, Howard (Eddie Yu) wants her to move in with his family to save on rent. One day Grandma Wong goes to a fortune-teller promise of imminent luck, with that in mind she takes all her savings to a casino only to find herself winning and then losing all her money, but after some hilariously absurd twists, she gets a bagful of a dead man’s cash and a pair of gangsters on her tail. At one point, Wong finds a bodyguard by negotiating a bodyguard (a tall, deceptively sheepish Corey Ha) as if she were buying an off-brand handbag.
The film parodies a New York’s Chinese-American underworld, creating new stereotypes, more believable than other films. Most of the film shows pretty funny vignettes and scenes and connects perfectly delivering a funny and entertaining movie