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Three... Extremes

Three... Extremes

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Director: Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike

Cast: Bai Ling

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.


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
ingmaster, 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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Omnibus films are uneven by their nature, and Three...Extremes is no exception. Unsurprisingly, the film, as a whole, has no cumulative power. The three shorts, from three directors, each with a distinctive style, from three different countries, don't really compliment each other in any way. They are all meant to be disturbing, and beyond that, there is no genuine thematic or stylistic connection. Fruit Chan's segment, "Dumplings," is an unappetizing though aesthetically gorgeous presentation of youth-obsessed cannibalism. It is viscerally unsettling, but, despite Christopher Doyle's stunning work, it's essentially an EC Comics-worthy morality play gussied up with fancy visuals. Its tale of vain women and a wicked back-alley abortionist/witch also contains more than a hint of misogyny. Takashi Miike's "Box" is less problematic thematically, but it's overly familiar. Perhaps owing in part to his prodigious output, Miike is an inconsistent and occasionally sloppy filmmaker, and, despite the presence of twin little-girl contortionists, this is one of his less interesting efforts. While "Dumplings" is memorable in its way, only Park Chan-wook's (Old Boy) brain-twisting and amusingly reflexive "Cut" makes a lasting positive impression. Once again, Park's motif is revenge at its most baroque, and from the elaborate set design to the startling, witty performances of Lee Byung-hun as a successful young film director and Lim Won-hee as his insane tormentor, the film gets the most out of its abbreviated running time. Park is the one director represented here with both a great "extreme" tale and the means at his disposal to tell it to full effect.

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Special Features

Disc 1:; 16:9 widescreen ; Original language 5.1 Dolby Digital; Original language 2.0 Dolbt Digitial; English and Spanish subtitles; Audio commentary with director Miike Takashi for Box; ; Disc 2:; Dumplings full-length feature; Original language 5.1 Dolby Digital; Making of Dumplings; English and Spanish subtitles; Scene index; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bai Ling Actor
Miriam Yeung Actor
Tony Leung Kar-Fai Actor
Pauline Lau Actor
Zabit Memedov Actor
Miki Yeung Actor
Wong Su-Fun Actor
Lee Byung-hun Actor
Lim Won-Hee Actor
Gang Hye-jeong Actor
Lee Jun Goo Actor
Lee Mi Mi Actor
Kyoko Hasegawa Actor
Atsuro Watabe Actor
Mai Suzuki Actor
Yuuya Suzuki Actor
Mitsuru Akaboshi Actor

Technical Credits
Fruit Chan Director
Park Chan-wook Director,Screenwriter
Takashi Miike Director
Peter Ho-Sun Chan Producer
Patricia Cheng Associate Producer
Chung Chung-Hoon Cinematographer
Yee Chung-man Production Designer
Park Dong-Ho Executive Producer
Christopher Doyle Cinematographer
Koji Endo Score Composer
Lee Eu-Gene Executive Producer
Haruko Fukushima Screenwriter
Fumio Inoue Producer
Kim Jae-beom Editor
Oh Jung-Won Executive Producer
Koichi Kawakami Cinematographer
Chan Ki-hop Editor
Kazuo Kuroi Executive Producer
Chan Kwong-wing Score Composer
Lilian Lee Screenwriter
Jin Nakamura Sound/Sound Designer
Dora Ng Costumes/Costume Designer
Peach Present Score Composer
Choi Pyeong-ho Executive Producer
Tin Sam-Fat Editor
Kim Sang-beom Editor
Cho Sang-Kyung Costumes/Costume Designer
Takashi Sasaki Production Designer
Naoki Sato Producer
Yoo Seong-Hee Production Designer
Yasushi Shimamura Editor
Shun Shimizu Producer
Ahn Soo-Hyun Producer
Kim Suk-won Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Tsang Executive Producer
Kinson Tsang Sound/Sound Designer
Pater Wong Art Director
Tomoko Yasuno Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 3 Extremes
1. Main Titles [4:50]
2. Cooking [4:53]
3. Gossip [5:17]
4. Tummy Ache [6:05]
5. MMM MMM [5:50]
6. Quick Fix [4:23]
7. Help Needed [3:30]
8. Last Thoughts [3:10]
9. Main Titles/Day At the Office [5:24]
10. Home At Last [4:57]
11. Revenge [4:45]
12. Serious [5:19]
13. Not Her [2:53]
14. Options [1:51]
15. Shake [6:21]
16. Last Chance [9:47]
17. Main Titles [3:30]
18. The Box [7:09]
19. Show Time [4:51]
20. Jealousy [6:56]
21. Aftermath [5:07]
22. Inside [5:11]
23. Alive [3:30]
24. Revenge [4:25]
Disc #2 -- 3 Extremes
1. Overseas [4:28]
2. An Old Friend [4:41]
3. Her Specialty [4:44]
4. Leisure Afternoon [4:17]
5. Seconds Please [5:10]
6. Something's Changed [2:54]
7. Woman's Intuition [3:37]
8. Quick Fix [5:12]
9. Empty Home [4:30]
10. Hard Job [4:25]
11. Brand New Batch [3:32]
12. The Truth Hurts [4:32]
13. New Woman [4:54]
14. Paying the Price [5:03]
15. Panic Attack [4:12]
16. Detective Work [4:35]
17. Wrong Intentions [3:40]
18. Crossing Paths [4:38]
19. Finding Her [4:22]
20. Ultimatum [6:59]


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Three... Extremes 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
This film is a great thriller done in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. It is set into three vingettes, hence the name 'Three Extremes'. One could interpret that many ways. The first vingette features the voraciously and comically blood thirsty appetite of a self-styled Vampira.(^_^)! The second is a drama short about the health and beauty benefits of very special and magical dumplings. Or perhaps it is an expression at the vanity of women which knows of no boundaries. The final scene is called 'The Box'. Two little sisters inadvertently leave their little brother in a box and burned to a crisp after lighting thier home on fire. For me this referenced Mercyful Fate. Thank's again Grandma! The Beastlord Slavedragon, who is also known at school as Eddie Munster, he hath spake