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|Directed by||Fruit Chan
|Produced by||Ahn Soo-hyun
Peter Ho-sun Chan
Tony Leung Ka-fai
|Music by||Chan Kwong-wing
Three... Extremes (Chinese: 三更2; pinyin: Sāngēng 2; Hangul: 쓰리, 몬스터; RR: Sseuli, Monseuteo; Japanese: 美しい夜、残酷な朝; Utsukushī Yoru, Zankokuna Asa) is a 2004 international East Asian horror film collaboration consisting of three segments by three directors from three countries. It is a sequel to, and follows the concept of Three (2002), this time with more established directors.
Aging actress Mrs. Li wants to rejuvenate her youth and beauty to attract the attention of her husband, Li, who has secretly taken a mistress behind her back. She buys dumplings from Aunt Mei, a mysterious seller who claims to be much older than she appears. However, to her disgust, she learns that the dumplings are in fact made from aborted fetuses, which Mei takes from a nearby hospital that has a secret abortion facility, as well as working as an abortion midwife herself.
Nevertheless, Mrs. Li decides to continue eating the fetus dumplings. One of them, made from the fetus of a fifth months old boy, seems to have a positive effect on Mrs. Li's libido, yet it also causes her skin to exhibit a fishy smell. Eventually, Mei has to move out when the authorities are about to capture her. Mrs. Li, who is now two months pregnant despite being declared infertile earlier and still desperate for a rejuvenation, chooses to to abort her own fetus and make it into dumplings.
A successful film director has to face a night of misery when an extra who once starred in his film captures both him and his wife to play a deadly game. The director is instructed to strangle a girl the extra met while on the way, or else he will chop his wife's left hand fingers one by one every five minutes. The extra reveals that he kidnapped the couple because he is jealous that the director is able to be a rich and good man, while he is poor and abusive to his wife and son, the former of whom he murdered before the incident.
The director tries to buy time by telling stories of his infidelity, though the extra continues to chop the wife's fingers until only one is remaining in her left hand. The director ultimately decides to strangle the girl, who turns out to be the extra's son, but the extra is only stopped when he slips on the blood pouring from the wife's fingers. The wife then bits and slashes the extra's neck, leaving him bleeding to death. Left traumatized, the director, now believing his wife to be the extra's son and vice versa, strangles her to death.
Kyoko, a 25 years old novelist, frequently experiences nightmares of her past as a circus performer. Back when she was 10 years old, Kyoko worked in a circus with her twin sister, Shoko, and their benefactor, Higata. Kyoko felt that Higata was favoring Shoko over her when he praised her after a performance. When Shoko was training, Kyoko forced and locked her into a box. However, Higata watched the incident and tried to rescue her, only for Kyoko to scar him in the face and then accidentally set the box in flames. Since then, Kyoko is haunted with guilt and wants to apologize to her sister. She is also struck uncannily by her literature publisher, Yoshii, who is a doppelganger of Higata, except that he is more caring to her.
One day, Kyoko follows an invitation to her old circus, only to discover the box containing Shoko's burned remains there. She is confronted by Higata, who is distraught after the incident and tells her that both her and Shoko are important to him, but only as one entity. After luring her into kissing him, he forces her into a plastic sack, fits it into a box, then buries it in the nearby snowy ground. However, it is revealed that the entire event of the film is just another dream of Kyoko, who in reality has been conjoined with Shoko since birth. The sisters exit the house to meet with Higata/Yoshii, both indeed the same person.
- Miriam Yeung as Mrs Li
- Bai Ling as Mei
- Pauline Lau as Li's maid
- Tony Leung Ka-fai as Li
- Meme Tian as Connie
- Lee Byung-hun as Director
- Im Won-hee as Stranger
- Kang Hye-jung as Director's wife
- Yum Jung-ah as actress in vampire role
- Kyoko Hasegawa as Kyoko
- Atsuro Watabe as Yoshii/Higata
- Mai Suzuki as Young Kyoko
- Yuu Suzuki as Young Shoko
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Three...Extremes received mixed reviews, and holds a score of 66 out of 100 at review aggregator Metacritic. Roger Ebert awarded it three and a half out of four stars and called it "deeply, profoundly creepy."
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The film was released on November seventeenth, 2005 in nineteen North American theatres. It grossed $36,414 ($1,916 per screen) in its opening week-end, and its final gross stands at a modest $77,532.