Three... Extremes is an Anthology Film directed by three Asian filmmakers from different countries; Fruit Chan (Hong Kong), Park Chan Wook (South Korea) and Takashi Miike (Japan).It was predated by the earlier anthology Three; the film's international release came after this one and was thus called 3 Extremes II.
DumplingsAn 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. Directed by Fruit Chan. Was later released on its own in an extended cut.
- Alternate Ending/Recut - The extended cut has additional subplots and a different ending not present in the original short. Anything regarding Mrs. Li's pregnancy is removed in the extended cut.
- Back-Alley Doctor - Mei performs black market abortions.
- Fountain of Youth - Eating the dumplings helps one retain a youthful appearance. Mei looks thirty, but is in fact sixty-four years old.
- I'm a Humanitarian - The dumplings are made from aborted fetuses.
- Parental Incest - A girl gets an abortion because of this.
CutA successful film director and his wife are kidnapped by an extra, 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. Directed by Park Chan Wook.
- Because You Were Nice to Me - More or less the reason the Extra targeted the Director.
- Mood Whiplash - The film goes from horror to absurd comedy.
- Sadistic Choice - The Director is told to strangle a child to save his wife. In the end, the now-insane Director ends up strangling his wife, thinking that he is strangling the child to save her.
- Show Within a Show - We see a vampire film by the Director, foreshadowing Park's next film Thirst.
BoxA soft spoken young woman 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. Directed by Takashi Miike.
- Circus Brat - The sisters grew up working at the circus.
- The Danza - Kyoko Hasegawa plays Kyoko.
- Rule of Symbolism - Lots of imagery that's open to more than one interpretation.