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An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bai Ling ... Mei (segment "Dumplings")
Pauline Lau 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 Sum-Yeung Wong ... Old Hairdresser (segment "Dumplings")
Kam-Mui Fung Kam-Mui Fung ... Vomiting Woman (segment "Dumplings")
Wai-Man Wu Wai-Man Wu ... Nurse (segment "Dumplings")
Chak-Man Ho Chak-Man Ho ... Wang (segment "Dumplings")
Miki Yeung Miki Yeung ... Kate (segment "Dumplings")
So-Foon Wong So-Foon Wong ... Kate's Mother (segment "Dumplings")
Kai-Piu Yau Kai-Piu Yau ... Gynaecologist (segment "Dumplings")
Byung-Hun Lee ... Director (segment "Cut")
Won-hee Im ... Stranger (segment "Cut") (as Won-Hee Lim)
Hye-jeong Kang ... Director's Wife (segment "Cut")
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An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

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From the Nightmares of 3 Horror Masters

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some involving abortion and torture, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | Japan | South Korea

Language:

Cantonese | Japanese | Korean | Mandarin

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Extremes See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,414, 30 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,829, 13 November 2005
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Applause Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

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Mei: You're rich but I'm free.
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Follows 3 Extremes II (2002) See more »

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Three unique visions of horror.
14 September 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

Three...Extremes is an anthology of three horror films by three respected Asian directors. 

"Dumplings" - Directed by Fruit Chan

In Dumplings, an actress who has entered middle age and begun to lose the attention of her husband to an affair with a younger woman visits Aunt Mei, an old woman who still has the looks of her youth. Aunt Mei has a secret recipe that makes anyone look years younger, but such an unnatural benefit comes from a truly abominable source. I found Dumplings to be absolutely stomach-churning. A horror movie that doesn't even attempt to scare you, but actually tries (and succeeds, in my case) to horrifying you. Not for the squeamish. Even the sound effects eventually became almost more than I could bear. Disturbing and entertaining. - 8/10

"Cut" - Directed by Chan-wook Park

A talented director and his wife are taken captive by a murderous, utterly insane movie extra. Cut is darkly comedic, utterly absurd, and far more meta than the other movies in this collection. It took me a while to figure out whether I liked it or not, but by the end of the segment, I was won over. Like Dumplings, Cut isn't frightening in the conventional sense. Instead, it's flat-out zany (in a good way). - 7/10

"Box" - Directed by Takashi Miike

The most haunting of the three segments. Box is about a jealousy-fueled tragic accident involving two young sisters. The surviving sibling suffers from suffocating (literally) dreams and disturbing visions of her deceased sibling, even years later as an adult. Box is probably the creepiest of the three, and it has a psycho-sexual aspect to it that makes the whole thing even more unsettling. Definitely more of an atmospheric, "mood" movie than the other two. - 8/10

I liked all three segments, as well as the movie as a whole. I found Dumplings to be the most effective/entertaining, but I recommend the entire anthology. The three short films are not only memorable and very different from one another, but they're also fairly unique among the other horror movies that I've seen. 

Overall - 8/10


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