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  • Summary: A bracing triptych of horror stories uniting three of East Asia's most compelling directors -- Japanese cult figure Takashi Miike, Hong Kong's Fruit Chan and Korea's award winning Park Chan-Wook. (Lions Gate Films)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    So here it is, an arena rock type film event for lovers of Asian cinema. Good news is that you won’t have that annoying ringing in your ears the day after. Better news is that you’ll have food for thought way after witnessing these spectacles.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Russell
    83
    There's a sense of diminishing returns here -- "Extremes" leads with its strongest short and ends with its most esoteric. But all three offer provocative, distinct and gorgeous twists on horror and splatter conventions.
  3. Like a bouquet of poisoned flowers -- beautiful, delicate and lethal. A trio of horror films from three "extreme" Asian directors, it shows how much evil fun talented bad boys can have on a very small scale.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Plenty of vile little secrets and ghastly urges are explored in the stylishly made Asian-fusion horror triptych.
  5. 70
    Connoisseurs of horror are bound to play favorites here (this amateur votes for Box), but there's one more thing that connects these three films--the brilliant cinematography of Christopher Doyle.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Gore fans will want to bump the two-and-a-half-star rating up a star, whereas those who can't handle on-screen violence will want to stay the hell away.
  7. 40
    All three look great and the filmmakers deliver a certain artiness, but their overall triviality and the unpleasantness of the first two make for an extremely distasteful experience.

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  1. JackM
    Dec 14, 2006
    9
    I only saw the Director's cut of Dumplings, but I will have to say it's a very good story. No lame ghosts, no "scary" bumps in the I only saw the Director's cut of Dumplings, but I will have to say it's a very good story. No lame ghosts, no "scary" bumps in the night, just humans being as twisted as they can be. I recommend this to ALL fans of horror who have enough attention span to occasionally read a book. Other people may be turned away by the lack of hollywood scares (thank god!). Enjoy! Collapse
  2. KevinE.
    Apr 27, 2006
    6
    I am shocked how positive this filmed is being recieved and how most other horror films are being dismissed. We have some terrific directors, I am shocked how positive this filmed is being recieved and how most other horror films are being dismissed. We have some terrific directors, great acting, decent cinematography... but that doesn't make the outcome any better. The stories are for the most park boring. Dumplings was effective but the story wasn't developed right. Cut was the best of the 3 but it resembled the violence in Chan-wook's Oldboy too much and wasn't a necessary see. Miike's box was the most beautifully shot but there was nothing to be scared about. The twist at the end was kind've cool. Three... Extremes it is not. More like Three... Simples. Not very scary, not very effective... but at least interesting. Worth seeing once... but see these director's other works if you want to see something really scary and really extreme. Expand

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