Three... Extremes

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Three... Extremes
Three... Extremes film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fruit Chan
Park Chan-wook
Takashi Miike
Produced by Ahn Soo-hyun
Peter Ho-sun Chan
Fumio Inoue
Naoki Sato
Shun Shimizu
Written by Dumplings:
Lilian Lee
Park Chan-wook
Bun Saikou
Haruko Fukushima
Starring Bai Ling
Tony Leung Ka-fai
Lee Byung-hun
Im Won-hee
Kyoko Hasegawa
Atsuro Watabe
Music by Chan Kwong-wing
Kōji Endō
Peach Present
Cinematography Chung Chung-hoon
Christopher Doyle
Koichi Kawakami
Release dates
  • August 20, 2004 (2004-08-20)
Running time
118 minutes
Country China
South Korea
Language Mandarin

Three... Extremes (Chinese: 三更2 Saam gaang yi) 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.



A Hong Kong film directed by Fruit Chan, Dumplings deals with an aging actress wishing to reclaim her youth goes to a woman who makes dumplings that supposedly have regenerative properties. However, they contain a gruesome secret ingredient. In 2004, Fruit Chan released a feature-length version of this short.


A South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook which tells the story of a successful film director and his wife who are kidnapped by an extra from his own films, who forces the director to play his sadistic games. If he fails, his wife's fingers will be chopped off one by one every five minutes.


A Japanese film by Takashi Miike about a softly spoken young woman who has a bizarre recurring nightmare about being buried in a box in the snow. Searching for her long lost sister, she realizes her dreams and reality may possibly be connected.





Dumplings theatrical[edit]

Dumplings was extended and turned into a full length theatrical film that was released into British cinemas by Tartan Films in the spring of 2006.


Three...Extremes received mixed reviews, and holds a score of 66 out of 100 at review aggregator Metacritic.[1] Roger Ebert awarded it three and a half out of four stars and called it "deeply, profoundly creepy."[2]

Box office[edit]

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.


  1. ^ Three... Extremes at Metacritic
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (2005-10-28). "Three... Extremes :: :: Reviews". Retrieved 2010-03-26. 

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