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Three...extremes

South Korea / Japan / China / Hong Kong, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Regional Focus)

Director: Takashi Miike, Park Chan Wook, Fruit Chan

[Three... Extremes] is a chilling, top-shelf anthology, featuring three short 'horror' films directed by perennial MIFF faves Park Chan-wook, Miike Takashi and Fruit Chan. "Park's [Cut] ranks as the director's best work to date. A famous director and his pianist wife are held hostage by a disgruntled extra in a rigged film set where the director must strangle a child or watch as his wife loses her fingers. The short's tableau mort recalls [Saw] but the slick camera moves and constant mood of moral judgment more explicitly brings to mind [Se7en]." - Slant "In Miike's [Box], the human psyche is also in a constant state of disrepair. A reclusive, guilt-ridden writer remembers the horrible death of her twin sister, whose presence begins to be felt in the real world. Recalls some of Polanski's greater moments, namely [Rosemary's Baby]. The version of [Dumplings] included here sparked a feature. The cannibalistic and gastronomic frightener remains incredibly absorbing, the culminating horrors reflecting the growing gender imbalance in China.
D Park Chan-wook, Miike Takashi, Fruit Chan P Oh Jung-wan, Lee Eugen, Naoki Sato, Peter Ho-sun Chan S Park Chan-wook, Bun Saiko, Lilian Lee WS Fortissimo Films L Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2004/125mins Park Chan-wook was born in South Korea in 1963. His films include [Joint Security Area] (MIFF 01), [Sympathy for Mr Vengeance] (MIFF 03). Takashi Miike was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1960. His films include [Audition] (MIFF 00), [One Missed Call] (MIFF 04). Fruit Chan was born in Guangzhou, China, in 1959. His films include [Hollywood Hong Kong] (MIFF 05), [Public Toilet] (MIFF 05).

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