Korean, Japan, Hong Kong
Korean, Japanese, Mandarin
As an unrelated sequel to Three, this collaborative asian effort is comprised of three breathtaking horror shorts- Dumplings from Hong Kong, Cut from Korea, and Box from Japan.
The First Extreme: Box Directed by Takashi Miike and starring Hasegawa Kyoko. The story revolves around Kyoko who lost her younger twin sister when they were ten in an accident at the circus. She suffers from recurring nightmares prompted by the guilt she carries for the feelings of jealousy and competition she had with her now deceased sister. Although this short is missing Miike's trademark bloodshed, it more than makes up for it with creepy and disturbing feelings.
The Second Extreme: Dumplings Directed by Fruit Chan, Screenplay by Lillian Lee, and Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. Miriam Yeung plays an aging ex-starlet who is desperate to regain the love of her cheating husband, played by Tony Leung Kar-Fei. She finds a woman who makes these miraculously rejuvenating dumplings from a mystery ingredient that is sure to make the viewer's stomach turn. Beautifully shot and with a graphically disgusting plot this short has a different ending than the feature length film it was cut from.
The Third Extreme: Cut Directed by Park Chan-wuk (Old Boy) and starring Lee Byung-Hun. An endurance test for the mind, Cut is a graphic surrealistic conundrum. Byung-Hun is a famous director who is kidnapped one day and forced into a completely helpless situation where his wife's fingers are being removed and put in a blender one by one and he is being asked to do the unthinkable to save her. The film is filled with double entendre and hidden meaning pushed to the limits of the horrific by stunning set design and a haunting soundscape.
The DVD package features a second disc of bonus materials: It includes an outline of the story, a making-of featurette, trailers, and information on cast and crew. Fruit Chan's extended, feature-length version of Dumplings Commentary on Box by director Miike Takashi.