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Take Out (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 January 2004 (USA)
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An illegal Chinese immigrant falls behind on payments on an enormous smuggling debt. Ming Ding has only until the end of the day to come up with the money.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Jang Charles Jang ... Ming Ding
Jeng-Hua Yu Jeng-Hua Yu ... Young
Wang-Thye Lee Wang-Thye Lee ... Big Sister
Justin Wan Justin Wan ... Wei
Jeff Huang Jeff Huang ... Ma
Shih-Yun Tsou Shih-Yun Tsou ... Collector #1
Joe Chien Joe Chien ... Collector #2
Waley Liu Waley Liu ... Ming's roommate
Ed Jansen Ed Jansen ... Ming's roommate 2
David Liu David Liu ... Ming's roommate 3
Eva Huang Eva Huang ... Ming's cousin
Ethel Brooks Ethel Brooks ... First delivery
Victor Sally Victor Sally ... Fried hard
Tanya Perez ... Second delivery
Maria Greenspan Maria Greenspan ... Portuguese delivery
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An illegal Chinese immigrant falls behind on payments on an enormous smuggling debt. Ming Ding has only until the end of the day to come up with the money.

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English | Mandarin | Spanish

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18 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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$3,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,505, 8 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$66,892, 21 September 2008
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An interesting early feature by Sean Baker
2 February 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Sean Baker has made some really stunning micro budget films in recent years. Both his much lauded "Tangerine" and less known but equally excellent "Starlet" were wonderful comedy- dramas, artfully telling takes of those normally overlooked by mainstream cinema.

"Take Out" is not quite as strong as those later works, but is still well worth seeing.

This verite style study of a Chinese food deliveryman's desperate rush to earn $800 to pay off the loan sharks that helped pay his way to the US has a nifty sense of almost documentary realism. The acting is very real and understated (by a mixed cast of actors and non-pros), and the tension level is high.

I didn't have quite as strong a positive reaction as most of the critics for a few reasons. First, while avoiding movie clichés for the most part, a couple of key 'twists' are broadcast a mile off, dampening their impact. Also, by making his lead character such a cipher (he not only doesn't speak English, but seems inward and withdrawn even among his fellow Chinese), that it's hard to build up a connection with him as a character. Yes, we can pity his plight, but I wanted to understand what was going on in his head. Also, the shaky-cam shooting style occasionally called more attention to itself then I think it was intended to.

It reminded me a bit in tone of Ramin Bahrani's terrific "Man Push Cart", but for me that early work had a little more poetry and richness.

None-the-less, an intelligent, well-meaning micro budget film (it looks like it was shot on regular definition video), and - given my fondness for Baker's more recent films - I'll certainly go back for another look.


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