Three...Extremes

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Released 2005

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Director:
Takashi Miike , Chan-wook Park , Fruit Chan
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Three...Extremes is the 2004 South Korean horror sensation produced by Applause Pictures and released domestically by Lions Gate Films. The sequel to the award winning anthology Three, Three... Extremes is another collection of three short horror films, this time from Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea. The first segment is 'Box,' from Japanese director Takashi Miike, a heart-breaking story of jealousy and murder between two child acrobats, both of who are desperate to impress their father-in-law and teacher (Atsuro Watabe). The second segment is 'Dumplings,' from Hong Kong director Fruit Chan, a wickedly twisted and satirical film about the desire for eternal youth. Adapted from a story by Lillian Lee, Dumplings sees Bai Ling as Aunt Mei, a woman famous for dumplings that give back to a woman her youth and sexuality. Her client is retired TV star Ching (Miriam Yeung), who wants to regain the affection of her husband (Tony Leung Ka-fai) and the beauty she once had. The last segment is 'Cut,' from Korean director Park Chan-Wook, which sees a deranged killer teaching more fortunate and ignorant people humility and the meaning of life.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Lawrence Van Gelder

    Though Three ... Extremes may seem tame to jaded fans of what has been termed New Asian Horror, it serves as a fine introduction to the genre for those who are curious but squeamish.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    Plenty of vile little secrets and ghastly urges are explored in the stylishly made Asian-fusion horror triptych.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    All three look great and the filmmakers deliver a certain artiness, but their overall triviality and the unpleasantness of the first two make for an extremely distasteful experience.

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    Foreign Language, Asian Horror