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One Take Only
DVD disk
10.05.2006 By: Jason Adams
One Take Only order
Director:
Oxide Pang

Actors:
Pawarith Monkolpisit
Wanatchada Siwapornchai
Pawalit Mongkolpisit

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Bank, an amateur drug dealer, and Som, a low-rent prostitute, meet and fall mildly in love. They embrace their respective talents and together begin to make more and more money selling dope. Will they be able to pull off one last big steal or are the young lovers in over their heads?

Don’t bother trying to answer that. You won’t care what happens in this movie anyways.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The Pang Brothers hit it big in Asia with the 2002 horror film THE EYE. One year prior, Oxide Pang made this small crime movie that is now getting released on DVD based on last name recognition alone, even if it only involves one of the brothers. And if ONE TAKE ONLY is any indication, the other Pang must have unfairly dominated the family’s gene pool for “talent.”

First off, for a movie about Thai hookers and drug deals gone sour, ONE TAKE ONLY sure is boring. There are so many random scenes and character daydreams that are of little or no consequence to the actual story, that it quickly becomes tedious waiting to see if anything relevant is going to happen. The plot that’s described above doesn’t even start until an hour in and lasts all of 15 minutes. Yet director Pang felt the need for a ten minute “subplot” that follows a random call girl through her first night on the job. Does it have a point? Not really. Is it at least interesting? Sadly no.

What little story there is still feels convoluted and ultimately meaningless. There’s no smooth transition from ONE TAKE ONLY’s attempt to be a gritty crime drama to its laughable romance (upbeat pop music included). The two lead actors have little chemistry together and they come off looking just as bored as the audience. Most of the time I can read through the BS and at least tell what a filmmaker was trying to do/say, but here I have no freaking clue what Oxide Pang wanted to accomplish.
THE EXTRAS
It might’ve been better to not include any special features at all. This is pretty embarrassing.

Making of Oxide Pang’s AB-NORMAL BEAUTY (10:54): This is the first time I’ve seen a behind-the-scenes segment for a completely different movie! I guess they expected the audience to be like, “Oh, Asian people! It must be the same film I just watched.”

A Theatrical Trailer and Previews for other, much better Asian movies from Tartan Video.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
From the cover they obviously want you to think ONE TAKE ONLY is like OLDBOY or some gritty Hong Kong crime movie. It’s not. It’s, in fact, terrible. As a longtime fan of Asian cinema, I implore you…watch something else from that continent.

Extra Tidbit: The girl who plays Som looks like an Asian Phoebe Cates. And there was much rejoicing.
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