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3 Extremes

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A compilation of three different short films entitled 'cut', 'box' and 'dumplings' by directors from japan, korea and china that all deal with the theme of human monstrosity and exploring the outer limits of the macabre.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 202147319
UPC 031398178002
UPC 14 00031398178002
Format DVD
Release Date 5/1/2007
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Widescreen  1.78:1
Name Takashi,Miike
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Cast & Crew
Byung-hun Lee - Actor
Chan-wook Park - Director
Christopher Doyle - Cinematographer
Fruit Chan - Editor
Fruit Chan - Director
Jeong-hun Jeong - Cinematographer
Kazuo Kuroi - Executive Producer
Koichi Kawakami - Cinematographer
Koji Endo - Original Music By
Kwong Wing Chan - Original Music By
Kyoko Hasegawa - Actor
Ling Bai - Actor
Pauline Lau - Actor
Takashi Miike - Director
Yasushi Shimamura - Editor
Yo-jin Lee - Executive Producer
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Three...Extremes" collects directors from Hong Kong, Korea and Japan to make horror films, each about 40 minutes long. The device was common in Europe in the 1960s, where movies like "Boccaccio '70" set assorted directors loose on a vaguely-related theme. Here the theme is horror, and by horror I don't mean the Hollywood routine of shock, blood and special effects. These films are deeply, profoundly creepy. The first one, "Dumplings," may be unwatchable for some people when they figure out what's actually going on. There could be walk-outs. Some of those who wait until the end may wish they'd left with the others; the movie's closing image is depraved on a scale that might have shocked the surrealists. I say this not in opposition but simply as an observation. All three short films are examples of the Extreme Asia movement, which began as a programming category at film festivals and seems to be expanding into a genre. The point is to push beyond the worn-out devices of traditional horror films, to essentially abandon the supernatural and move into horror that has its expression in the dreads and traumas of nightmare. "Three" (2002) was the first Extreme Asia trilogy, and now here are three more. "Dumplings," directed by Hong Kong's Fruit Chan, takes the debate about stem cells and other recycling of human body material to its ultimate extremity. I don't think the film's science is sound (I sincerely hope not) but the motivation is unassailable: There are some people who will do anything to prolong their youth and beauty. That's a classic theme in stories of horror and the supernatural, but consider the scenario here. A former TV star (Miriam Yeung) is still attractive, but no longer acting. Her husband goes on long trips without her and doesn't even bother with alibis. She turns to a woman (Bai Ling) she has heard about - a perky, cheerful type who works out of a small apartment in a high rise. This woman cooks and serves dumplings. "How old do I look to you?" she asks her client. The actress guesses - oh, about 30. I would have said even younger. The cook says she's a lot older than that. The secret is in her dumplings. The actress pays for an order, looks at them dubiously, eats them, comes back for more. She thinks she looks better. It's not a Dorian Grey situation but, yes, the dumplings do seem to have an effect. The actress wants more dramatic results, faster. That will not be so easy, the cook says, but she will try. What she does in assembling her ingredients is profoundly disturbing. In some cases it may not technically be illegal, on other occasions it is. Depends on the circumstances. I will not describe her secrets, but I will tell you that you may be profoundly disturbed, and that the movie's last scene, sick and evil as it is, doesn't flinch when it comes to confronting the story's ultimate implications. The second film is "Cut," from Korea, by Chan-Woo Park, whose haunting "Oldboy" made a stir in 2003 with its story of a man kept
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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Actor Takashi,Miike
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up.
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