7.0/10
17,401
77 user 127 critic

Saam gaang yi (2004)

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

Writers:

Haruko Fukushima (segment), Pik Wah Lee (segment) (as Lillian Lee) | 2 more credits »

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

3 Extremes II (2002)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three constitutes an omnibus package of three short horror films made by Asian directors. "Memories," made by Kim Ji-Woon, is about a woman (Kim Hye-Soo) who disappears from the home she ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Jee-woon Kim, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Leon Lai, Hye-su Kim, Bo-seok Jeong
Jiao zi (2004)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei is a cook famous for her home-made rejuvenation dumplings, based on a millenarian recipe prepared with a mysterious ingredient that she brings directly from China. ... See full summary »

Director: Fruit Chan
Stars: Pauline Lau, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Bai Ling
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Several of Korea's most acclaimed filmmakers, including Park Chan-wook (OLDBOY), explore the nature of discrimination in this provocative anthology.

Directors: Jae-eun Jeong, Chan-wook Park, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Jong-hak Baek, Jeong-su Byeon, Ha-eun Jeon
Thirst (2009)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Seong-hun Cheon
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly cruel and brutal means.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This documentary is a crowdsourced film about life in the Korean megalopolis.

Directors: Chan-kyong Park, Chan-wook Park
Saminjo (1997)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A suicidal saxophonist is pushed over the edge after he discovers his wife's infidelity.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Seon-kyeong Jeong, Bu-seon Kim, Min-jong Kim
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim
Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim
Crime | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A gangster in Busan is caught having an affair with his boss's mistress. The two decide to run off with the organizations money, leading to dire circumstances.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Eun-hee Bang, Seung-Chul Lee, Hyun-Hee Nah
Edit

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")
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From the Nightmares of 3 Horror Masters

Genres:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,414, 30 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,829, 13 November 2005
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Applause Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

Mei: You're rich but I'm free.
See more »

Alternate Versions

Lions Gate's U.S. version changes the order of the segments. In the original Asian release, the order was "Box"/"Dumplings"/"Cut." The American release has been changed to "Dumplings"/"Cut"/"Box." See more »

Connections

Follows 3 Extremes II (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Some uncomfortable moments with this one
13 March 2006 | by bonnie91See all my reviews

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.


61 of 70 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 77 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed