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3 Extremes - 2 Disc Special Edition (2005)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Ling Bai
Pauline Lau
Tony Leung Ka Fai
Meme Tian
Miriam Yeung Chin Wah
Sum-Yeung Wong
Kam-Mui Fung
Wai-Man Wu
Chak-Man Ho
Miki Yeung
Bai Ling
Gang Hye-Jung
Atsuro Watabe
Lim Won-Hee
Miriam Yeung
Kyoko Hasegawa
Lee Byung-hun
Yum Jung-Ah
Movie Details
Director Chan-wook Park; Takashi Miike; Fruit Chan
Writer Chan Wook Park
Studio Lionsgate
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 125 mins
Country USA
Color Color
The idea of unleashing three of Asia's wildest directors in the same omnibus film is a terrific one, and putting the likes of Miike Takashi and Park Chan-wook to work in the Twilight Zone-style mini-feature is mouth-watering for fans. (Just look at what happened when Miike made an installment of Showtime's Masters of Horror series--it was deemed too crazy for broadcast.) Alas, the results are a letdown. First up, "Dumplings," is from Hong Kong's Fruit Chan, and it's the most cogent (and ickiest) of the bunch. Bai Ling plays a specialist in preparing dumplings that promise to restore youth and health for her customers; the weird part is she also runs a particular clinic on her premises. Ugh. The Korean offering from Park Chan-wook is "Cut," a warp on filmmaking about a self-centered director who gets trapped at his home (or is it the set of his new movie?) by a deranged former extra. The sadistic machinations here make Hannibal Lecter look reasonable, and the segment gets points for weirdness, but Park's take on revenge fantasies is much more exciting in Oldboy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. Miike represents Japan with "Box," which really is in the spirit of an old Outer Limits episode, complete with a "gotcha" ending that doesn't seem worth the trouble. Sure, twins are always a good topic for horror, but this segment is a long way to travel for not much. All three segments look good--there's little hint of the grindhouse cheapie here--but overall it's a disappointment. --Robert Horton
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 206
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 031398178002
Release Date 2/28/2006
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
Disc 1
Audio Commentary with Director Miike Takashi For Box

Disc 2
Dumplings Full Length Feature
Making of Dumplings
Scene Index