Watched Jul 04, 2012
Mr. DuLac’s review:
Not entirely what I expected. Three segments/shorts by three different directors...
Dumplings directed by Fruit Chan will be a test for some viewers in either what you can stomach or where you draw the line in bad taste. It's very well directed and has great performances though. I think I enjoyed it for it's pure insanity. If you have an idea what to expect from an Asian horror with the word Extremes in it's title you might be safe.
Cut directed by Chan-wook Park and starring Byung-hun Lee was the real reason I watched this. My expectations might have been to high. I found it very tame considering this is the director that gave us Thirst and Oldboy to name a few. To be fair however, both those films were made after Cut. It still has Park's directing style and a great performance by Lee, just expected a little more because my I expected too much.
Box directed by Takashi Miike isn't what I expected either. Of course being Miike he has to give us the opposite of what we expect. I fully expected his short to be the goriest mess of the film and it's probably the one with less blood and no gore that I remember. Instead he gives you a short that you'll be trying to figure out hours later after watching it and actually makes you want to watch it again to see if you're right. The direction however is exactly what I expected from this talent.
I don't think this is a must see film, but fans of Asian horror should enjoy it. Fans of the directors however should really check it out as I'm a big fan of Park and Miike and I'm glad I watched this. If you have problems getting through Dumplings just skip it, you have my guarantee that the two other shorts don't go to that extreme, pardon the pun.