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The first segment is "Dumplings," courtesy of Hong Kong's Fruit Chan. Chan, whose work I am the least familiar with, provides the most wickedly entertaining story. Bai Ling (and who doesn't love Bai Ling?) plays an industrious entrepreneur who makes and markets special dumplings that help women regain their youth. Operating out of her apartment, the dumplings are prepared lovingly with.....let's just call it a special ingredient. I found the entire episode to be smart and grotesque--always a winning combination. I'd award this segment 5 stars.
Next up, the macabre and over-the-top entry from Korea's Park Chan-Wook is entitled "Cut." Chan-Wook has increased in popularity lately due to "Old Boy" and the "Vengeance" pictures, and "Cut" doesn't stray too far from that successful formula. A film director finds himself held captive by a disgruntled extra, and to survive he must prove that he is capable of evil. Elaborately staged (think something excessive from the "Saw" franchise), this segment is fascinating and theatrical. It lacks a little bite due to its artifice, but still manages to be great fun.Read more ›
In my opinion, Box was by far the strongest film, followed by Dumplings, and finally Cut. Perhaps that is my subjection favoring more ambiguous and cerebral psychological horror. Personally, I thought Box had an amazingly intriguing plot and near perfect cinematography and directing with a strong message. It was done in a creepy way that didn't rely on gore, shock, or cheap scares. In my opinion, this one short film is worth the price of the whole DVD. I very much wish Takashi Miike would have made it into a feature-length film as it is among his best. I would award this a 5/5.
Dumplings was great too. It succeeded as a great shock movie with an intriguing plot and a great breaking of taboos. I really enjoyed the grotesque nature of the film and found it very unique; it will certainly shock any first-time viewer. I would give this a 4/5.
Unfortunately though, I found Cut to be boring, pointless, and overall just a bad story. I doubt my opinion here is particularly biased either, for I do appreciate dark humor a lot, but nevertheless, I found little value in the story itself, and thought the message was poorly presented. Not to mention, the ending didn't really make a whole lot of sense, and not in the intricate, ambiguous kind of way characteristic of Asian horror films (e.g. Box); plainly, it didn't make any sense to me in the context of the story. I would give this film a 2/5 at best.Read more ›
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It was psychotically entertaining. Film quality was low but that added to the extremely twisted scenarios.Published 3 months ago by Bridget
love these movies they have a spin on horror that I love. Dumplings is just simply a weird and jaw dropping film that with make you wonder.Published 3 months ago by tawia ferrington
okay three shorts. dumpling is absolutely wild - dumpling filling made out of fetus, coat hangers, vanity. the middle one snoozer. third one flat out weird.Published 7 months ago by J C
The first was gross but entertaining. The second story was just over the top and not very believable but it did have some gross moments. The third had such promise. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miss Cinnamon Boots
When I rent a movie with a title containing the word "extreme", I expect something extreme. It wasn't even extreme in 2006... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Danestrong
Three... Extremes lives up to its name- it's three VERY extreme horror stories that take place all across Asia. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bryan
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