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20 August 2004 (South Korea) See more »
From the Nightmares of 3 Horror Masters
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  (in credits order)

Bai Ling ... Mei (segment "Dumplings")
Pauline Lau ... Li's Maid (segment "Dumplings")

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Lee (segment "Dumplings")

Meme Tian ... Connie (segment "Dumplings") (as Meme)

Miriam Chin Wah Yeung ... Ching (segment "Dumplings")
Sum-Yeung Wong ... Old Hairdresser (segment "Dumplings")
Kam-Mui Fung ... Vomiting Woman (segment "Dumplings")
Wai-Man Wu ... Nurse (segment "Dumplings")
Chak-Man Ho ... Wang (segment "Dumplings")
Miki Yeung ... Kate (segment "Dumplings")
So-Foon Wong ... Kate's Mother (segment "Dumplings")
Kai-Piu Yau ... Gynaecologist (segment "Dumplings")

Byung-hun Lee ... Director (segment "Cut")
Won-hie Lim ... Stranger (segment "Cut") (as Won-Hee Lim)

Hye-jeong Kang ... Director's Wife (segment "Cut")
Dae-yeon Lee ... Actor in School Girl Uniform (segment "Cut")
Gene Woo Park ... Assistant Director (segment "Cut")
Mi Mi Lee ... Kyung-Ah (segment "Cut")
Gyu-sik Kim ... Old Man Mannequin (segment "Cut")

Jung-ah Yum ... Vampire Actress (segment "Cut")
Kyoko Hasegawa ... Kyoko (segment "Box")
Atsuro Watabe ... Yoshii / Higata (segment "Box")
Mai Suzuki ... Kyoko (Age 10) (segment "Box")
Yuu Suzuki ... Shoko (Age 10) (segment "Box")
Mitsuru Akaboshi ... Circus Member (segment "Box")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Jun Goo
Kam Pong Chow ... CID (segment "Dumplings") (uncredited)

Directed by
Fruit Chan (segment "Dumplings")
Takashi Miike (segment "Box")
Chan-wook Park (segment "Cut")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Haruko Fukushima  segment "Box"
Pik Wah Lee  segment "Dumplings" (as Lillian Lee)
Chan-wook Park  segment "Cut"
Bun Saikou  story (segment "Box")
Bobby White  subtitles

Produced by
Soo-hyun Ahn .... producer (segment "Cut")
Peter Ho-Sun Chan .... producer (as Peter Chan)
Fumio Inoue .... producer (segment "Box")
Kazuo Kuroi .... executive producer (segment "Box")
Eugene Lee .... executive producer (segment "Cut") (as Eu-Gene Lee)
Jung-Wan Oh .... executive producer (segment "Cut")
Naoki Satô .... producer (segment "Box")
Shun Shimizu .... producer (segment "Box")
Eric Tsang .... executive producer (segment "Dumplings")
Original Music by
Bok-sung-a (segment "Cut")
Kwong Wing Chan (segment "Dumplings")
Kôji Endô (segment "Box")
Young-gyu Jang (segment "Cut") (as Yeong-gyu Jang)
Byung-hoon Lee (segment "Cut")
Cinematography by
Chung-hoon Chung (segment "Cut")
Christopher Doyle (segment "Dumplings")
Kôichi Kawakami (segment "Box")
Film Editing by
Fruit Chan (segment "Dumplings")
Jae-beom Kim (segment "Cut")
Sang-beom Kim (segment "Cut")
Yasushi Shimamura (segment "Box")
Production Design by
Seong-hie Ryu (segment "Cut")
Takashi Sasaki (segment "Box")
Chung Man Yee (segment "Dumplings")
Art Direction by
Pater Wong (segment "Dumplings")
Costume Design by
Sang-gyeong Jo 
Makeup Department
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
Visual Effects by
Ju-won Lee .... digital compositor
Il Hwan Na .... visual effects artist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sang-gyeong Jo .... costume designer (segment: "Cut")
Dora Ng .... costume designer (segment: "Dumplings")
Editorial Department
Jae-Min Han .... film telecine

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Saam gaang yi" - Hong Kong (original title)
"3 Extremes" - USA (DVD title)
"Box" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Cut" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Dumplings" - International (English title) (segment title)
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Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some involving abortion and torture, and for sexuality and language
South Korea:118 min | Argentina:118 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | Australia:121 min | USA:125 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Crew or equipment visible: In the segment "Cut," towards the end of the film there is a panning shot looking in through a window. The reflection of one or more persons standing on the outside portion (the side the camera is on) can be seen.See more »
Mei:You're rich but I'm free.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Thirst (2009)See more »


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59 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Some uncomfortable moments with this one, 13 March 2006
Author: bonnie91 from Ventura, California

This movie is incredibly cruel and unrelenting. It plays as a single feature divided into three sections: "Dumplings", directed by Fruit Chan of Hong Kong, "Cut" directed by Park Chan-Wook of Korea and "Box" directed by Miike Takashi of Japan. Each section is like a dissertation in horror, although "Dumplings" could also be classified as an exploitation film.

All of them are beautifully produced and directed, and I especially found "Box" to be quite lavish in sets, costumes and atmosphere. They each show a lot about the culture of the respective countries they were made in and also provide new takes on the terrifying and the appalling. They are each original in their own right, although "Cut" could be compared to the "Saw" or Hannibal Lecter franchises in that there's a psycho who's trying to get a message across by way of murder and mayhem.

I don't want to give details on the plots of any of them because I think that viewers need to experience them for themselves with no preconceptions going in, but what I can say is that "Dumplings" has the most plot and is probably the one with the highest "squeam" factor, "Cut" covers a rather familiar premise but with lots of fun moments (you'll see) and "Box" is more of an artistic endeavour with not much of a plot, but for some reason I was enthralled and couldn't look away; it's the one I liked the most.

A solid 8 out of 10 for the efforts of these genius Asian directors.

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