Wow, this was pretty disappointing. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie like a lot of the stuff I see. It was just not all that interesting. Let's compare this to Three...Extremes for a moment, shall we? That film had a tale about a woman eating fetuses to stay young. Do we get anything that interesting here? No. How about the second tale involving a crazed actor torturing a director and his wife? Again, no. Probably the most comparable is Miike's odd tale, but even that was a little interesting. In hindsight, it is easy to see why they added the 'Extremes' to the ending, huh? The key thing to understand is that the three directors for this film are not really horror directors. Hell, one of them is the guy who directed The Love Letter, a romantic comedy starring Kevin Costner! The one thing that these have going for them is that they are chock full of atmosphere, like most Asian horror films. Ultimately though, the stories have to go somewhere and do something unique. These ones just don't deliver. Your opinion might be different- I freely admit- but I was pretty let-down by this.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
WTF Asia?!?: Three..(Extremes II)
Let's take a look at the confusion caused by delayed DVD releases in North America. In 2004, we get a freaky anthology film called Three...Extremes. Featuing such directors as Takashi Miike, it had some good horror moments, freaky imagery and was just generally trippy. A couple years later, they released it's sequel Three...Extremes II. However, one look at an accurate DVD sleeve description creates some confusion. You see, this movie is dated 2002! Allow me to clear this up through the magic of internet research: this film is actually Three, the original film with different. That's why they added the '...' between 'Three' and 'Extremes,' implying that it was a(n extreme) follow-up. So is this a case of the original topping the sequel or is it a rare case (not the upper case version) of a sequel that surpasses the original. Find out in my dumpling-free review of...