Take Out is a day-in-the-life of Ming Ding, an illegal Chinese immigrant working as a deliveryman for a Chinese take-out shop in New York City. Ming is behind with his payments on his huge debt to the smugglers who brought him to the US. The collectors have given him until the end of the day to deliver the money that is due. After borrowing most from friends and relatives, Ming realizes that the remainder must come from the
day’s delivery tips. In order to do so, he must make more than double his average daily income.
In a social-realist style, the camera follows Ming on his deliveries throughout the upper Manhattan neighborhood where social and economic extremes exist side by side. Intercutting between Ming’s deliveries and the daily routine of the restaurant, Take Out presents a harsh and realistic look at the daily lives of illegal Chinese immigrants in present day New York City.
Director Sean Baker
Writer Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou
Cast Charles Jang, Wang-Thye Lee, Huang Shengyi
Producers Sean Baker
Production Credits Cre Film