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Chinese Take-Out (2011)

Un cuento chino (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 24 March 2011 (Argentina)
A well-ordered hardware store owner in Buenos Aires will see his life turn upside down when he helps a stranded Chinese man who doesn't speak a word of Spanish find his uncle in the bustling city. But can this coexistence bear fruit?
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Darín ... Roberto
Ignacio Huang ... Jun
Carolina Hsu Carolina Hsu ... Li
Muriel Santa Ana ... Mari
Pablo Seijo Pablo Seijo ... Cliente 1
Iván Romanelli ... Leonel
Derli Prada Derli Prada ... Proveedor 1
Joaquín Bouzas Joaquín Bouzas ... Cliente 2
Gustavo Comini Gustavo Comini ... Chofer volquete
Pochi Ducasse Pochi Ducasse ... Doña Amelia
Liliana Cuomo Liliana Cuomo ... Vendedora flores
Claudio Torres Claudio Torres ... Rotisero
Sebastián Codega Sebastián Codega ... Suboficial policía
Yu Sheng Liao Yu Sheng Liao ... Funcionario chino
Eduardo Jin Lin Eduardo Jin Lin ... Cajero local chino


In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store. Roberto collects bizarre worldwide news in an album as a hobby and his acquaintance Mari has an unrequited love for him, but Roberto is always evasive. One day, Roberto sees a Chinese named Jun being expelled from a taxi while he is watching the landing of airplanes in the airport and he helps the man to stand up. Jun does not speak Spanish and shows a tattoo with an address on his arm. Roberto heads to the spot with Jun and discover that the place belonged to Jun's uncle that sold it three and half years ago. Roberto goes with Jun to the police station, to the China's embassy and to a Chinese neighborhood to seek out his uncle but it is a fruitless search. Roberto lodges Jun in his house and after a series of incidents, he finds a delivery boy to translate Jun and he learns the dramatic story of his life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama


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A Solid Movie
15 May 2011 | by bbbonovoxSee all my reviews

Interesting and somewhat fresh. Darin always knows how to insult properly, and we all Love that in Argentina. Its a movie about Life and its Magic, about rare events and Destiny. You will find the story quite relaxing and and end that boosts the movie just enough to make it a really good one. Not a classic so far of Argentinian Cinema in my opinion, I don't see it becoming One, is what I mean. But as I said, Solid, very watchable, funny here and there, and a message, nicely wrapped with good performances. And if you know about Buenos Aires Culture, its always a plus for this kind of movies. But if you are not familiar with our ways here, you are probably gonna miss some things but at the end, its a nice little journey.

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Spanish | Mandarin

Release Date:

24 March 2011 (Argentina) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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