Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou

Take Out

Take Out

The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s raw, vérité Take Out, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark, restaurant deliveryman Ming Ding has until nightfall to pay back the money he owes, and he encounters both crushing setbacks and moments of unexpected humanity as he races against time to earn enough in tips over the course of a frantic day. From this simple setup, Baker and Tsou fashion a kind of neorealist survival thriller of the everyday, shedding compassionate light on the too often overlooked lives and labor that keep New York running.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 2004
  • 88 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Mandarin, English
  • Spine #1149

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by directors Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Baker, Tsou, and actor Charles Jang
  • New interviews with Baker, Tsou, Jang, and actors Wang-Thye Lee and Jeng-Hua Yu
  • Program about the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes
  • Screen test
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and author J. J. Murphy

    New cover by Slang Inc.

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Sep 13, 2022

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by directors Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Baker, Tsou, and actor Charles Jang
  • New interviews with Baker, Tsou, Jang, and actors Wang-Thye Lee and Jeng-Hua Yu
  • Program about the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes
  • Screen test
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and author J. J. Murphy

    New cover by Slang Inc.
Take Out
Cast
Charles Jang
Ming Ding
Jeng-Hua Yu
Young
Wang-Thye Lee
Big sister
Justin Wan
Wei
Jeff Huang
Ma
Credits
Director
Sean Baker
Director
Shih-Ching Tsou
Written by
Sean Baker
Written by
Shih-Ching Tsou
Produced by
Sean Baker
Produced by
Shih-Ching Tsou
Edited by
Sean Baker
Edited by
Shih-Ching Tsou
Camera
Sean Baker
Sound
Sean Baker
Sound
Shih-Ching Tsou
Makeup
Eva Huang
Production coordinator
Badan Wong
Postproduction supervisor
Elsa Lai
Still photographer
Kenny Pang