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3 Extremes (2-Disc Special Edition) [Import]


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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: Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Japanese, Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Feb. 28 2006
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRR3ME


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12 2006
Format: DVD
I actually sat down to watch this DVD without knowing that it was a trilogy of horror tales, so it was a bit of a surprise to see the credits for the first segment start rolling and to have watched the climax of that first story without knowing it was the conclusion. But the description of the movie that came with the disc only talked about the first story and helped perpetuate my error. In point of fact, "Three Extremes" ("Saam gaang yi") is a trilogy of horror stories from three Asian directors from three different countries. This might not be everybody's cup of tea, especially when it comes to their taste in horror, but this certainly is an improvement over most of the horror anthologies we had to endure during the 1960s and 1970s. What you need to know is that it going beyond what we have seen in the past, some viewers will find this film goes too far.

The short that will push limits and buttons alike is the first one, "Dumplings," directed by Hong Kong's Fruit Chan. It takes a familiar theme in horror shows, the desire of a woman to maintain her looks and youth. Ching (Miriam Yeung Chin Wah) was a television star and while we would think she is still attractive, she is no longer working and has no doubt it is because she is losing her looks. So she seeks out Mei (Ling Bai) who makes dumplings in her crowded apartment and who maintains they are the secret to her own youthful appearance, because she claims to be a whole lot older. So Ching tries the dumplings, and, damn is they do not appear to be working. That means more dumplings, but the process is too slow for Ching and she is willing to try something more drastic, so Mei says she will see what she can do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "dionysus-jonez" on Jan. 26 2006
Format: DVD
First off, if you've seen the original "THREE", do not use that viewing experience to pass judgement onto THREE...EXTREMES (aka. THREE 2). Trust me...these film shorts go leaps & bounds beyond the original. I promise.
With that said, let's get on with it shall we..?
THREE 2 is headed by some of the leaders of modern-asian film, and they do lead us indeed. Miike gives us a calmer version of himself with excellent non-linear storytelling, while Park Chan Wook is as filled with vengeance & revenge as ever. And Fruit Chan..? Let's just say that you may want to skip the "midnight snacks" when venturing into Chan's twisted little world of chinese cuisine.
This film has yet to be released in North America, but it is on the horizon. So if you're not comfortable with ordering from Hong Kong, then you may have to wait a month or so...but it will be worth the wait (especially since there are no features on the original imported disc).
But do not let this show pass you by. I've viewed these stories well over a dozen times, and have introduced many to the unorthodox marvel of Asian film. They will never go back, now...and neither will you.
Buy it.
Watch it.
Watch it again with friends.
DO IT NOW...ADD IT TO YOUR CART & BUY..!!!
** Note: If you are interested, Fruit Chan also has a full-length version of the DUMPLINGS storyline; though I do not think that it will see a North American release.
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By james 007 on Dec 23 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i enjoyed the product a lot... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfied
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It consists of three stories each by independent directors from China, Korea, and Japan. The first one (called "Dumplings") is simply disgusting, but what makes it impressionable is that its storyline goes through different levels that one gets the impression that the disgusting part of the film is nothing more than an accessory, a method that puts you in the right frame of mind and creates the kind of tension that makes you think. I was hanging on to the arm of my couch for the duration of this segment.

Also, "Dumplings" has a full-length version as part of this 2-DVD set - very worth watching.

The second segment (called "Cut") is simply brilliant and with a lot of symbolism. I would consider this more of a disturbing art film rather than a horror film Yes, there is dancing too (and well done). It explores Evil, and the way it portrays how we are held by a kind of "rubber band" that stretches and prevents us from going too far is simply brilliant.

The last segment (called "Box") deals with guilt. It is one of those films where you cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy. Which is the dream and which is the real world? I love films like that! The revelation at the end is disturbingly powerful.

If one is a film buff or has any sense of artistry in them, I would highly recommend this film. For those used to "Hollywood" you might find a hard time. It does require you to think and, in my case, for days. Regardless, I will say that once you see it, you will never forget it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luis Vazquez-Venegas on Aug. 20 2010
Format: DVD
These three films are really extremes. I was shicked and scared by the way the characters use violence.
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