Three... Extremes (2004) Movie Review

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2004 | R | Horror
118 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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Three... Extremes Review


An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Three… Extremes (2004) is an East Asian International horror movie that three directors from three countries directed three different segments. The movie contains three parts that are about 45 minutes each. Three… Extremes’ original title is Saam gaang yi, and it is a sequel to Three (2002). The cover photo is so compelling and leaves me with so many questions. The movie contains sexual scenes, violence, grotesque, gory, bad language and suspense.

Dumplings is directed by Fruit Chan from Hong Kong. It is about an actress that is aging and does not want to age the way she is, and she is also trying to win her husband back. She goes to a Mei ( Bai Ling) that makes dumplings that will help her look younger. She does not know the gross secret ingredient that she is consuming. The secret ingredient is very disturbing and totally grosses me out - I could not eat for the rest of the day because I kept imagining/seeing it. It contains very dark and sickening humor.

Cut directed by Park Chan-Wook from Korea. This part is about an extra in a movie that kidnaps his director and the director’s wife. The psycho extra threatens the director that he will cut off his wife’s fingers, one at a time every five minutes if the director does not play the sick game he has planned for him. Cut’s psycho murderer kills people in a certain way to send a message, kind of like Hannibal Lecter franchises. Cut is the most brutal and graphic of the three parts.

Box is directed by Miike Takashi from Japan. This part is about a woman realizing that their dream and reality might be as she thought after having recurring nightmares about being in a box in the snow. It was hard to tell what was real and what was not.

Three… Extremes is not for people with weak stomachs. You will not be able to snack on popcorn or anything while enjoying this horror movie because it is too gruesome. Box was the best part by far, and it had amazing costumes, set and characters. Dumpling was the most deranged part and had the most gore. Dumpling, Box and Cut portray a lot of their cultures from their countries.

About Three... Extremes 2004

Title: Three... Extremes
Original Title: 3 Extremes
AKA: Saam gaang yi
Year: 2004
Runtime: 118 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Bai Ling, Dae-yeon Lee, Jung-ah Yum, Byung-hun Lee, Gene Woo Park, Mi Mi Lee, Atsurô Watabe, Gyu-sik Kim, Pauline Lau, Kyoko Hasegawa, Meme Tian, Mai Suzuki, Sum-Yeung Wong, Yuu Suzuki, Kam-Mui Fung, Mitsuru Akaboshi, Wai-Man Wu, Lee Jun Goo, Chak-Man Ho, Kam Pong Chow, Miki Yeung, Tony Ka Fai Leung, So-Fun Wong, Miriam Chin Wah Yeung, Kai-Piu Yau, Atsuro Watabe, Won-hie Lim, So-Foon Wong, Hye-jeong Kang
Writers: Haruko Fukushima, Pik Wah Lee, Chan-wook Park, Bun Saikou, Bobby White
Director: Chan-wook Park, Takashi Miike, Fruit Chan