There have been a lot of rumors that Fruit Chan’s short film ‘Dumplings’, which appears in Lions Gate Films’ upcoming release of Three… Extremes, was actually filmed as a feature length film and cut down for the movie. Some speculation also noted that we might even see just his film released instead of the three shorts, since presumably ‘Dumplings’ is the only good thing in Extremes. Well, on October 28th you’ll be able to see all three in theaters as Lions Gate releases Three… Extremes in limited theaters, but when the film hits DVD in February, you’ll be able to see the full feature length movie of Dumplings, according to Fangoria. For more information of the three shorts, read on…
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Dumplings: by Fruit Chan
No woman can resist the temptation of potential rejuvenation – for some it’s a dreamy blissful chase; for others a never-ending nightmare of endless pursuit. But Qing can afford it all. An ex-starlet turned wife of a prominent rich man, Qing is destined to have this dream come true.
Qing uses a lot of connections to get to the mysterious chef, Mei to obtain her famous specialty dumplings. Qing is no gourmet but simply dying to recover her youth and beauty. At stake is her new “career” as a housewife of the rich. Mei’s dumplings claim to deliver the goods. Mei, a former gynecologist, developed a secret recipe for rejuvenation which has allowed her to bid farewell to her career as an abortionist. Now Mei only serves desperate rich women like Qing. Mei understands a woman’s need and she can fulfill a woman’s desire — all you need is a leap of faith to take a bite into her special dumplings with usual fillings.
Cut: By Park Chan-Wook
RYU Ji-Ho is a successful film director who has earned wide and solid respect from audiences and critics alike. Wealthy, respected, talented, happily-married, good-looking and also kind in nature — everything about Ryu is the definition of Mr. Perfect… that is, until he returns home one day after finishing a shoot to encounter a complete stranger in his living room.
The stranger is a male extra whom Ryu had never paid attention to. Probably no one else ever did either. Madly jealous of the director’s good fortune, the man is there to destroy. He has brought along a child and has taken Ryu’s pianist wife as a hostage. He offers Ryu two choices, to kill the child or to watch his wife’s fingers being cut off — one after another. Either way, Ryu’s life will never be the same again. Tormented by the dilemma, the people in the house cannot but fall prey to the madman’s monstrosity — which gradually proves itself to be contagious.
Box: By Takashi Miike
Kyoko is a successful novelist and a renowned beauty, yet she confines herself to a solitary life behind a veil of secrecy. She has ambivalent feelings towards her editor who is obviously infatuated with her. Kyoko, however, is not in a position to open her heart to her editor… or to anyone.
It all began with a traumatic experience in her childhood that has remained unspoken. At the tender age of ten, Kyoko accidentally caused her twin sister Shoko — a rival for the affection of their surrogate father Hikita — to be burned to death. Stricken by grief, Hikita vanished shortly afterwards. Kyoko has been haunted by the memory of her twin since, and she has devoted her life to the search for Hikita whom her editor coincidentally resembles. Kyoko is uncontrollably attracted to him and at the same time terrorized by it – is there something beyond pure coincidence?
One day, Kyoko finds a bouquet of flowers on her desk accompanied by an invitation card. The card indicates only the venue and the time of a meeting — the place is where her sister died…