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.
- Affably Evil: Mei may be a morally bankrupt Back-Alley Doctor who sells aborted fetuses as food and performs fatal abortions without her client's full knowledge, but she's a very energetic and smooth-talking saleswoman who relates to her clients. She even sings for you!
- 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.
- Genki Girl: Mei is an Affably Evil version of this. Retaining her youthful energy and charm while doing heinous deeds.
- I'm a Humanitarian - The dumplings are made from aborted fetuses.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Mrs. Li runs away in shock and horror and nearly vomits after witnessing the reality of the dumplings first hand. She returns for more later though..
- She later has another emotional breakdown in the bathtub, crying over what she has become after seeing her young and innocent self on tv. Again, she goes back for more.
- 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.
- All Just a Dream - The Last Words of the extra suggest this.
- Ambiguous Ending
- Author Appeal - Black Comedy, disturbing violence, Moral Dilemmas, Mood Whiplashs, and surreal imagery with amazing photography all are tropes heavily used in several other films by the same director.
- Axe-Crazy - The extra uses one.
- Because You Were Nice to Me - More or less the reason the Extra targeted the Director.
- Black Comedy - A lot of it throughout the short, reaching its culmination in an absurd dance scene of the extra that comes out of nowhere, all in the wake of a situation where the life of several people is at stake.
- Body Horror - In the form of fingers being cut off and thrown into a food processor, also the extra getting a part of his throat bitten out by the director's wife and bleeding to death from it.
- Bottle Episode - Except for the beginning, the whole short takes place in one room and real-time.
- Fingore - The extra cuts off several the fingers of the director's wife.
- Mood Whiplash - The film goes from horror to absurd comedy.
- The Oner - The film starts with one, the first cut being when the title ''Cut'' is shown.
- The Reveal - The child the director is forced to kill is actually the son of the extra who couldn't bring himself to go through with it himself after killing his wife.
- 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.
- Sanity Slippage
- Scenery Porn - The film set where the story takes place.
- Show Within a Show - We see a vampire film by the Director, foreshadowing one of Park's later films Thirst.
- Tragic Villain - The extra.
- Your Cheating Heart - The director and his wife cheat on each other.
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.