Directors: Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook, and Takashii Miike
Starring: (listed by movie)
Dumplings: Ling Bai, Pauline Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Meme, Miriam Yeung Chin
Wah, Miki Yeung, and So-fun Wong.
Cut: Byung-hun Lee, Won-hie Lim, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-yeon Lee, Gene Woo
Park, Mi Mi Lee, and Jung-ah Yum.
Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe, Mai Suzuki, Yuu Suzuki, and Mitsuro
Synopsis: Three different horror directors one from China (Chan), one from
Korea (Chan-wook) and one from Japan (Miike) come together in one movie
displaying their images of horror.
When I first heard about Three…Extremes I was very excited. I had actually read
about it less then a year ago so I was hoping for it to be released in America at
some point in the near future. In fact the morning it came out I went right to the
video store and grabbed a copy. So I was originally hoping for three of us here at
HF to pick one of the stories and write a review together and treat them as
individual movies, sadly that plan fell through so I will continue on with my review
of these three short stories. What appealed to me most was that Takashii Miike
was doing a segment and then when I saw ‘Oldboy’ and then found out Park
Chan-wook did a segment I got even more excited. The last director, Fruit Chan, I
had never heard of. So I will review each story in the order they were shown.
So I had never heard of Fruit Chan until I saw his short film called Dumplings.
Dumplings tells the story of a former actress who wishes to be or at least look
young again. She hears about a woman named Mei (or Aunt Mei) and her famous
dumplings that can make you appear young and make you healthy, they also
happened to be expensive. When she believes that the dumplings start to work
she demands a stronger dose. That’s all that I really should give away without
ruining the whole movie for you all. I very much didn’t like this movie. I felt that it
was very tasteless and for some people it could even be considered offensive. I
remember sitting there with my brother and his girlfriend and we all kept
repeating “No no no no no she isn’t!” or “Please tell me that’s not what I think it
I did try to like this movie but I just couldn’t get into it and it was really too much.
I had to watch the other two movies the next day. It does not happen too often
where I never want to see a movie again either. But this may be another Napoleon
Dynamite with me to where every time I watch it I still don’t like it. I think the
worst part was is on the two disc DVD set is that the second disc has a full-
length feature of the movie which I thought about watching but I really wasn’t up
to it. Well at least the movie was well made I’ll give it that.
This one is by Oldboy Director Park Chan-wook. When this story first started I
thought it was going to be a vampire movie but it wasn't. The movie is actually
about the director. We follow the director after his day of filming, he gives the
costume girl a ride home then he continues to his own place of residence which
looks just like the set of the movie. The power suddenly goes out and he is
He wakes up seeing a woman’s crying face we learn this is his wife and she is tied
very intricately to the piano. The director realizes that this is actually the set to
his movie. A man makes himself present. He tells the director he must prove
himself a bad person or he will harm his wife. I also have to say that this one was
my favorite out of all three movies. It was shot very beautifully, I wanted to take
every scene in the movie and make a poster of it and stick it on my wall. Great
intensity throughout the movie. It threw in a bit of gore too, fingers in a blender
kind of gore that is. I loved the characters and I really did like this story a lot too.
Takashii Miike, what can you say about him? Brilliant is one word. He is a fantastic
director. One thing you really can tell when it comes to his movies is that they are
all so different from each other that sometimes its hard to believe that they were
all done by the same guy. That’s definitely why I love his work. That and they can
be pretty frightening. Box tells the story of Kyoko who has nightmares constantly
about being buried alive. She also has flashbacks of when she and her twin sister
worked at a circus as ballerina’s who would tuck themselves into small boxes and
then disappear leaving a pile of flowers.
We then see a ghostly apparition of her 10 yr old twin sister. Has her sister come
to haunt her and what are her dreams trying to tell her? This segment was
definitely the more surprising and weird of all the other movies. The imagery was
not the same as with ‘Cut’ to where I wanted to make a poster of it. But then
again each of the movies were different. Takashi Miike has done it again with Box.
It’s a very original movie which is wonderfully shot and acted. The actors were
superb in this small cast. I thought the ending was weird and I was hoping for a
lot more, but I enjoyed it none the less.
As I mentioned before the 2 disc DVD set also includes a full length feature of
Dumplings. For those of you who enjoyed the film you get a little treat, a making
of Dumplings all on the second disc. The is also an audio commentary for Takashii
Miike's Box. Also some trailers for you all to enjoy.
Countries: Hong Kong,
Japan, South Korea
Runtime: 125 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Review done by: Nekra