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Three Asian directors, from Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan, join forces to create an omnibus horror film, Three...Extremes. In Fruit Chan's "Dumplings," shot by Christopher Doyle, Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung), a thirtysomething former actress with a philandering husband (Tony Leung) goes to visit Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), who sells the most expensive dumplings in Hong Kong. Mrs. Li knows about their rejuvenating powers, and she also knows about their unpleasant main ingredient, but after some initial nausea, she digs right in. In Oldboy writer/director Park Chan-wook's "Cut," a successful filmmaker (Lee Byung-hun of Joint Security Area) arrives home to find that a disgruntled extra (Lim Won-hee) has taken over his home, and fastened his pianist wife (Kang Hye-jun of Oldboy) to the grand piano. The madman threatens to cut off the wife's fingers, one by one, unless the director strangles the helpless child he's tied to the couch. Takashi Miike directs the last segment, "Box," about a young author and former circus performer, Kyoko (Kyoko Hasegawa), seemingly haunted by the ghost of her twin sister, who died a mysterious and horrible death while practicing their act. Adding to Kyoko's trauma, her editor (Atsuro Watabe) is a dead ringer for her old stepfather/ringmaster, who may have perished in the same "accident" that took her sister's life. Three...Extremes was shown at Subway Cinema's New York Asian Film Festival in 2005. For the American release of Three...Extremes, the order in which the films are presented was altered from the original "Box," "Dumplings," and "Cut" to "Dumplings," "Cut," and "Box." This film was actually preceded by another omnibus film, Three, that was nevertheless retitled Three...Extremes II for the English-language market and issued after this one.~Josh Ralske
Original language 5.1 Dolby Digital
Original language 2.0 Dolbt Digitial
English and Spanish subtitles
Audio commentary with director Miike Takashi for Box
The best horror anthology since "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie," "Three... Extremes" is composed of three great films from three great Asian directors.
The film starts off with Fruit Chan's "Dumplings," which is about an aging actress who begins to consume dumplings that will make her appear younger. This is an incredibly disturbing short, and its subject matter will most likely offend most people.
The next short is Chan-Wook Park's "Cut." A disgruntled extra kidnaps his film's director for one of the most elaborate torture sequences of all-time: For each five-minute period that the director doesn't kill a small child, the extra will cut off one of the director's wife's fingers -- which are superglued to a piano. Full of haunting images and even a few big laughs, "Cut" is my favorite of the three shorts.
Takashi Miike directs "Box," which I was the most let down by. I had watched "Audition," "Ichi the Killer" and the "MPD Psycho" mini-series prior, so I was looking forward to Miike's segment the most. It's a slow-paced thriller and is very creepy. Although not a failure by any means, it left me a little underwhelmed overall -- despite an excellent ending.
The two-disc DVD box comes with the feature-length cut of "Dumplings," as well as a making-of for this short. Takashi Miike provides commentary for his short also. Highly recommended.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Movie! Still Gives Me Chills.
This movie is twisted and definitely worth watching!