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Saam gaang yi (2004)

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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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 »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Applause Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

Mei: You're rich but I'm free.
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Connections

Follows 3 Extremes II (2002) See more »

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Outstanding Top Quality Horror Film
29 November 2011 | by czarnobogSee all my reviews

This is one very slick and glossy horror film that will challenge many Western viewers, particularly the more provincial-minded. It should shatter some prejudices and put a serious dent in some chauvinistic preconceptions.

Overall it is very artfully sexy. The actresses are beautiful; the actors are movie star handsome. The costumes, sets and photography are lush and sensual. The production values are as high as you can get in any movie, let alone a horror film. The final episode rivals Fellini's Amarcord for the sheer beauty of some of its imagery.

The first of the three stories relies heavily on irony, with its most powerful images as subtle as they are disturbing. The second one is more bombastic, and caters to the "Saw" crowd with its sadistic bent and convoluted story. The final story meanders and is perhaps a bit perverse, depending on how far you let your imagination roam to fill in the gaps.

I would caution that this is not a film for 12-year-olds having a sleepover. Not that it's too disturbing, since it's softer than most. But other than the second segment, it's probably too subtle. It's more likely to please sophisticated adults with a worldly view, looking for a sumptuously hedonistic slice of dark drama. Watch it in bed with a trayful of chocolate and strawberries, and a bottle of champagne.


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