2019, Sasie Sealy, USA, 100 min.
With Tsai Chin, Ha Hsiao-yuan
“This is no sentimental ON GOLDEN POND in Chinatown…Grandma Wong is a wonderfully tart and vinegary character and it is a role that Chin totally knocks out of the park.”—Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins
“Straight-faced yet searingly funny…an anti-heroine for the ages.”—Rosamund Kelby, The Upcoming
Hilariously shrewd and breathtakingly resourceful, widowed Grandma Wong (Chin of THE JOY LUCK CLUB and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) is a stone-faced, chain-smoking harridan-from-hell to those who risk crossing her. When her excited fortuneteller confirms a most auspicious reading (carps jumping over the dragon gate!!), Wong withdraws her savings and heads for the casino bus. Lady Luck smacks her down in one arena, only to deliver handsomely in another, with only a little assist from some fast-thinking larceny. Flush with an ill-gotten fortune, Wong hires lovably clueless Big Pong (Ha) as her bodyguard when rival Chinatown gangs come calling, but proves more than capable of handling the dirty work herself. In this first feature, director Sealy delightfully turns the stereotype of the maverick action hero as a male or a curvaceous young babe on its head with this wise kickass granny with a mind of her own. In English, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English subtitles. (BS)
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