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3 Extremes (2004)

Bai Ling , Byung-hun Lee , Chan-wook Park , Fruit Chan  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bai Ling, Byung-hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai
  • Directors: Chan-wook Park, Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike
  • Writers: Chan-wook Park, Bobby White, Bun Saikou, Haruko Fukushima, Pik Wah Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRR3ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "3 Extremes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Fruit Chan's extended, feature-length version of Dumplings
  • Commentary on Box by director Miike Takashi
  • Trailers

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Exploring the outer limits of the macabre, this film is a bracing anthology of horror stories uniting 3 of East Asia's most compelling directors - Miike Takashi, Fruit Chan, and Park Chan-Wook. Extras include audio commentary with Takashi and first-time

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

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I was stoked when I first heard of the concept for this film (although, for some reason, it's taken me years to actually see it). Uniting three of the finest Asian horror directors, "3 Extremes" is an anthology showcasing short films--each about 40 minutes in length. Well, there's good news and bad news. Overall, I quite enjoyed "3 Extremes" and would recommend it to any fans of the genre. But as with most things in the anthology format, different segments will appeal to different people. And, interestingly enough, the filmmaker I was eagerly anticipating presented the most mundane story and the one I was least familiar with provided the film's best moments.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asianthology... August 22, 2010
DUMPLINGS (Hong Kong. directed by Fruit Chan)- An aging woman seeks to regain her youth through unethical, unearthly methods. This one is NOT for anyone who can't stand the sight, or even the thought of unflinching, gynecological horror! I'll never eat dumplings again as long as I live! CUT ( Korea. directed by Park Chan-Wook)- A film director finds himself abducted and forced to make choices between life, death, and dismemberment. Suspenseful, horrific, and (at times) humorous! BOX (Japan, directed by Miike Takashi)- A woman is haunted by nightmares of her twin sister. Many eerie and ghoulish goings-on. Much of the film is dreamlike, giving a sense of unreality. A great ending helps this one! 3 EXTREMES is an excellent anthology for lovers of Asian horror, or horror in general. Well worth owning... P.S.- The 2-disc edition has the full-length feature version of DUMPLINGS. Highly recommended as it fleshes out the story, as well as providing a more thorough narrative...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty sample platter of Asian Horror. January 20, 2006
I have had this film for several months now, as I purchased it as an all-region import disc. The film is actually an omnibus of three films, one film each directed by Takashi Miike of Japan, Fruit Chan of Hong Kong, and Park Chan-wook of South Korea. Of the two, Miike and Park are no doubt well known here in the U.S. This is my first exposure to the work of Chan and based on his contribution, I look forward to seeing other of his films. The first film is "Box," directed by Miike. This is some of the most strongest, recent work done by Miike. I thought that "Zebraman" was okay, and I was impressed with "Izo" though it did tend to be repetitive. "Box" however, is visually impressive and calls to mind the work of David Lynch. The brief running time also seems to have made for a more coherent and focused story. I don't want to give too much away, but like Miike's best work, "Box" is disturbing and unforgettable. Chan's "Dumplings" follows next. Now, this film is not only disturbing, it's haunting and a bit gross. "Dumplings" isn't gory though. Let me just say that when you find out what the filling in the dumplings is, you may begin to feel a bit queasy. There is a full-length version of this film as well, and I really would like an oppotunity to see that version. Bai Ling is actually pretty funny in this film. She should definitely do more overseas work. "Dumplings" has probably one of the most haunting last shots you will see. Very good film, arguably the best of the three. The last film is "Cut." This is my least favorite of the three. I've seen Park's other films and this one comes across as very light weight. With it's excessive gore the film plays like a "Grand Guignol." Park even appears to satirize his revenge trilogy. Pay attention to the words spoken by the son of the villain of the piece. I recommend this movie wholeheartedly. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb May 25, 2011
When I first bought this film I had already knew the plot and most of what happened in each movie. But it never failed to keep my interest. The first film,'Dumplings', would have to be my second favorite of the three. I think this movie was meant to be a way for Fruit Chan to express how he feels about the Chinese policy and the way women are desperate to stay youthful even in old age. With China's one-child-to-a-home policy, abortion probably wouldn't be out of the ordinary(though Taboo to speak of) but I think what Chan was trying to say is with this film is "If this isn't wrong, then why is this wrong? If this isn't going too far, then why is this too far? Why is this so important that you are willing to take it to the next level?"(Sorry If this is giving too much of the film away)But, I found this movie to be nicely put together and well rounded. I give this film a 4 out of 5. Can't wait to see the full length version of 'Dumplings'!
The second film, 'Cut', was the least favorite of mine, though it was entertaining and the most violent and gory of the three films. I feel that too much of the film was done in a comical way and had a lot of unnecessary elements to it. I was expecting a lot from Park but I felt that it was a great effort being his first installment into the horror genre and when all and all each film were "different depictions of how each director thought a horror should be". Also, like most Korean films and dramas, the ending of this film didn't fail to disappoint me. Though, I do kinda understand the ending. I think this story ended the way it did for one reason, spark of insanity. Second reason: In the end, he called his wife "kid" and look at the kid as though talking to his wife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by west
5.0 out of 5 stars Very odd movie but none the less GREAT
Basic plot NO SPOILERS:

Three different gruesome stories are told about taboo subjects. There's the lady that wants her youthful appearance back and will go to any... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ringu217
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Asian horror collection
If you're into Asian horror, you'll like this collection of three shorts. I prefer the visual style of Miike and Park Chan-wook to Fruit Chan, but Fruit Chan's Dumplings was better... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chloe H
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Got this special edition mostly to see dumpling , what an extreme twisted movie as it not in English u do have to read subtitle , I have watch the 3 extreme I like the first 2 not... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Still not entirely sure how I feel about this...
I really liked Dumplings (the full version) when I saw it, so I primarily bought this to have both the full version and the short version. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K.Strange
4.0 out of 5 stars Hold onto your tummies!
...definately not for the faint-hearted, or the those with short attention spans. Very methodical story telling, yet gruesome in ways that are not always blatantly spelled out, yet... Read more
Published 14 months ago by dweed
5.0 out of 5 stars It's bloody funny
This is the trendsetter for Asian extreme movies- bizarre, bloody, ecstatically colorful, soooooooo twisted, and FUNNY. Yes, funny. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tim Colles
2.0 out of 5 stars It is not in English!
I rented this and then turned it off. It is in subtitles and therefore, you'll be reading the actors/actresses lines throughout the movie. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Darrel Poppino
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinematically engaging and thought provoking
Three separate, albeit short films from three separate directors.
Dumplings can easily be considered morbid. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nate in Raleigh
3.0 out of 5 stars Myeh
Not that great. Actually less than that. Pretty gross in part. More gruesome, than scary plot. 4 more words.... Done.
Published 20 months ago by Scoop
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