A compilation of three different short films entitled cut box & dumplings by directors from japan korea & china that all deal with the theme of human monstrosity & exploring the outer limits of the macabre. Studio: Lions ... more »Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/22/2007 Starring: Bai Ling Tony Leung Run time: 125 minutes Rating: R« less
A young and barely recognizable Ling Bai is in this very strange story. Three weird stories in total. Watch at your own peril!
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Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX Reviewed on 1/22/2010...
Excellent pieces, if you are into Horror/Thrillers this movie will have something for you. Most of the people that watched this movie with me liked 2 of the 3 pieces, though we didn't agree on which two.
Dumplings, was the movie I didn't particularly care for, I could see a lot of it coming, though the acting was good and the plot was interesting.
Cut, was very well done as far as acting, story, and plot. It uses some twisted humor as well, which really won it a lot of points with me.
Box, was by far my favorite, it was intricate and used a cleaver time line to tell the story, acting was marvelous, and cinematography was really good. I loved the snow scenes, they were absolutely beautiful.
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Three Horror Stories From The Asian Masters--A Good Compilat
K. Harris | Las Vegas, NV | 03/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. A solid 4 star experience.
Last, we have "Box" from one of my favorites--Japan's Takashi Miike. As I alluded to earlier, this methodically paced segment was the least effective for me. Taking a cue from a traditional Japanese ghost story, a young woman is haunted by a family tragedy in her past. It's pretty standard fare mixing reality with dreams, but a nice ending helps the piece overall. Still, about 3 stars.
Check this out if you're a fan of this type of entertainment. I do wish that they had restructured the segments. If they had been placed in reverse order, the film's momentum would have built. Instead, by leading with the most intriguing segment, it did go somewhat downhill from there. KGHarris, 03/07."
kitkatt | ma | 12/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Three separate stories with horrific plots. These are not for the faint of heart. Horror with actual stories to them. Not just screaming stupid teenagers. I will be seeing more movies from these directors. Be warned these are not "nice scary" or "funny scary". Enjoy!"
Tasty sample platter of Asian Horror.
Reynaldo De Guzman | American Canyon, CA USA | 01/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Dark, Disturbing Film
N. Faustman | USA | 07/19/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One thing about the horror genre is that it is so difficult to define.
Viewers expecting supernatural ghost stories or vampires and werewolves might be disappointed with "Three...Extremes." What any good horror film does however, is hit (or sometimes pound) on a key that deeply disturbs us inside.
Three...Extremes is one such film and is comprised of three shorter films, the best of which being Dumplings (Fruit Chan). Though utterly disgusting and hard to watch, it is done right, for it does not rely on gore alone. Rather, it delves into the human psyche and exposes a darker side of humanity-- thoughts and perversions we'd rather not think about. To what length will one go to obtain what she thinks she wants?
The other two mini-films, although not as good as "Dumplings," are decent. "Cut" would draw comparisons to "Hard Candy," and perhaps "Saw." The third mini-film (Miike), entitled "Box," is somewhat unique, perhaps too abstract to be truly chilling."
3 Tales of Terror from 3 of Asia's Most Extreme
Captain Insanity | NY | 02/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the perfect jumping-off point for anyone curious about diving into Asian Shock Cinema. It contains 3 Extreme Tales, that encompass the brunt of what Asia has to offer.
For those interested in creepy gross-out fests; Fruit Chan's "Dumplings" will deliver. For those interested in tales of vengeance; Chan Wook-Park's "Cut" will leave you in pieces. And for those seeking a ghost story; Takashi Miike's "The Box" will haunt you.
I personally ordered this flick twice from Amazon; - once for myself - and once for a friend of mine who also loves Eastern Horror
To both my suprise and delight, this is a 2-disc set The second disc containing the full version of "Dumplings", which quite honestly, is worth the purchase alone.
Anyways ... on to the movies:
Fruit Chan's "Dumplings" is easily the most extreme of the 3. It tells the tale of a woman, whose Home-made Dumplings can restore the youth of anyone who can afford them. Subsequently, she also runs a clinic out of the back of her shop, where she aquires her youthful ingredients. Needless to say: This one is not for The Feint of Heart or Weak of Stomach.
Chan Wook Park's "Cut" is the most intense of of the 3 Extremes. More than once it had me on the edge of my futon. Another tale of of retribution, from the man who masters in the subject. This tale concerns a POMPOUS director, who is kidnapped by a demented extra he once employed. Tied up with a giant rubber-band, that allows for minimum movement, he must make the most dire decision of his life. Is he willing to take the life of a little girl to save his wifes?
Takashi Miike's "The Box" is the most artistic of the 3, yet sadly, it's the least extreme. For those who know his work, you will be thoroughly disappointed. For those who don't know his work (good for you, you may enjoy this) he is the most extreme of the extreme. So Extreme "Showtime" wouldn't air his episode of "Masters of Horror" due to graphic content. (Interesting Side Note: "Showtime does however play "Ichi the Killer" & "Gozu" - Go Figure) Anyway he's a cult favorite in both America and his native Japan. The guy practically screams "extreme" from hemisphere to hemisphere, so naturally, he seemed like a shoe-in for this project. Regretfully though, his installment is totally not "Miike" But since you don't know of his work, it should be fine. Whatever the case may be.... This ghost tale revolves around 2 Sisters (Sound Familiar?) Both of whom fall in love with their dance instructor. The one sister becomes jealous when she finds the other is intimately involved with the trainer, so naturally she locks her sister in a box to keep her safe. (Sounds Rational) - Loads of artsy atmosphere, gorgeous settings, and enough chills to keep you on ice; but ulimately none of that could save me from the impending confusion, and dare-I-say, boredom that ensued. - Maybe if you've never seen a "Miike" film before you'll enjoy this one, or maybe if you still like "Ringu" you'll get a kick out of it. But for me.......... when I order Wheat, I don't want rye.(If you catch my drift)
MORAL OF THE STORY: Youth has its price Fame has its price Love has its price These are the 3 Extremes