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Take Out (2004)

3.6 of 5 from 45 ratings
1h 27min
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Authentic, suspenseful, funny, and alive with surprising detail, Shih-Ching Tsou and Sean Baker's 'Take Out', revealing an unseen world of illegal Chinese immigrants at work in New York City. A day in the life of Ming Ding (Charles Jang) begins as a pair of hammer-wielding loan sharks come to the door of Ming's squalid apartment. Their ultimatum, delivered in Mandarin, is as simple as it is virtually impossible to fulfill: (You give us $800 tonight, or your debt is doubled.
) With the family he supports half a world away, Ming has a single rain-soaked shift at his job - anonymously and almost wordlessly delivering Chinese food on Manhattan's Upper West Side - in which to pay off his thuggish creditors. Deftly combining a (terrific cast - The New Yorker) of professionals and non-actors with uncompromisingly ingenious DV photography that is (beautiful in unexpected ways under rough-and-ready conditions - Variety), Take Out intelligently illuminates an immigrant underdog and his small community of harried co-workers with the same in-the-moment, pragmatic honesty with which Ming endures the constant deprivations of life on the American margin. This, raved the Village Voice, (is as exceptional as micro-budget cinema gets.)
, Jeng-Hua Yu, Wang-Thye Lee, Justin Wan, Jeff Huang, Shih-Yun Tsou, Joe Chien, Waley Liu, Ed Jansen, , , Ethel Brooks, Victor Sally, , Maria Greenspan, Sandra McCullogh, Sharinee McCullogh, Renae McCullough, , J.P. Partland
Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou
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Run Time:
87 minutes

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