Dumplings - Three...Extremes (DTS Version) DVD Region 3
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Under Fruit Chan's re-telling of Lillian Lee's well-etched characters, comedy actor Miriam Yeung is inducing frights instead of laughs this time as she explores the darker side of human nature. As the aging, insecure ex-starlet Ching Ching, Miriam is determined to turn back the hands of time seemingly at any cost - to regain the passion of her typhoon husband. She goes to find former mainland doctor Auntie Mei (Bai Ling) not for surgical reasons - but for her "special" dumplings. The mysteriously carefree Auntie Mei steams, boils, and serves little delicacies for Ching Ching to swallow (and gulp down, once she finds out about the secret ingredients). Although not quite mouth-watering, can these pinkish, crunchy, chewy and juicy "special dumplings" really be the foundation of youth for Ching Ching? Or are they just a mass of fetal tissues?
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|Product Title:||Dumplings - Three...Extremes (DTS Version) 餃子 三更 2 之一 (DTS版) 饺子 叁更 2 之一 (DTS版) 餃子 三更 2 之一 (DTS版) Dumplings - Three...Extremes (DTS Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Miriam Yeung | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Li Bi Hua | Bai Ling (Actor) | Christopher Doyle | Yee Chung Man | Peter Kam | Fruit Chan 楊千嬅 | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 李 碧華 | 白靈 (Actor) | 杜可風 | 奚仲文 | 金培達 | 陳果 杨千嬅 | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 李 碧华 | 白灵 (Actor) | 杜可风 | 奚仲文 | 金培达 | 陳果 楊千嬅 （ミリアム・ヨン） | 梁家輝 （レオン・カーファイ） (Actor) | 李碧華（リー・ピーホァ） | 白霊（パイ・リン） (Actor) | 杜可風 （クリストファー・ドイル） | Yee Chung Man | 金培達（ピーター・カム） | 陳果（フルーツ・チャン） Miriam Yeung | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Li Bi Hua | Bai Ling (Actor) | Christopher Doyle | Yee Chung Man | Peter Kam | Fruit Chan|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Mega Star (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1003745876|
* Sound Mix : DTS-ES, Dolby 5.1
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Extras :
- The Story 故事摘要
- Cast & Credits 台前幕後
- Making Of 製作特輯
- More Attraction 特別推介
- Trailers 預告
Director: Chen Guo
Served hot, either steamed or simmered in broth, dumpling has conquered the hearts of Chinese for more than 1400 years. At your first bite, its juicy meat and vegetable filling offers a gush of excise heat and aroma that would linger on and on. Chinese dumpling is inexpensive and practically available everywhere... unless you're talking about Mei's secretive dumpling -- with a bizarre pinkish glow permeates through its delicate hand-made dough wrapping. Mei's dumpling is not meant for ordinary folks - if you dare to try, be prepared for a price beyond your imagination.
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Okay, everyone knows that the surprise is that there's no surprise: the age-defying dumplings are filled with human foetuses. Director Fruit Chan shoves that fact in our face right up front, with no coy pretence, so we know this is not a mystery with a horrifying secret to be revealed in the final scene. So, given that the whole plot is given away in the first few minutes, what keeps us watching?
Well, gentle readers, what keeps us watching is that Chan is a consummate filmmaker, who creates intensely riveting films. Even though we know what's in the dumplings, even though the film simply follows Lee Tai (played rather well by Miriam Yeung Chin Wah) through her unsatisfying life, we can't take our eyes from the screen. I suspect that Chan could make an interesting film from the dialogue in a basic English class: "Good morning. How are you?" "I am fine. How are you?"
But only part of the credit belongs to the director: the rest belongs to the cast. Yeung, a young and slightly ditzy actress previously best known for a string of forgettable rom-coms and a lacklustre singing career, gives a convincing portrayal of a strong and still-beautiful woman losing her grip on her husband as well as her looks, and determined not to give up either. Tony Leung Ka Fai, as the husband, is as fine as we expect him to be. And although I'd like to be able to say unpleasant things about her, Bai Ling does a great job of the dumpling-purveyor Mei.
Chan loads his film with rich colour and ominous overtones. The comparison between the lives of the two women is harsh: Lee Tai is obscenely wealthy but quite miserable, while Mei, who lives in the poorest end of town in a tiny rundown apartment, seems quite pleased with her life. When the two visit the Lee mansion, which is being renovated, Mei idles in the pool with casual abandon, clearly getting much more pleasure from Lee Tai's wealth and lifestyle than Lee Tai herself. The message here is stark: Lee Tai wants only what she is losing, and takes no joy from what she has, while Mei, who has little, takes her pleasure from whatever comes her way. A fine philosophy, although the fact of Chan's realization of this philosophy in the person of a beautiful woman who makes her living selling baby dumplings makes the irony somewhat pointed.
There's more than one dig here about the double standard applied to men and women, and the frenzied focus on youth. Lee Tai, married but neglected, is immaculately made-up, coiffeured to within an inch of her life, and dressed in full Tai-tai rig, but still miserable. Her husband, considerably older, has a rollicking life seducing young women, and clearly considers himself the cat's pyjamas. Looking a little closer, though, we see an air of desperation beneath the surface, a clutching at vanishing youth in the person of a young nubile companion. Only the combined talents of Chan and Leung could produce such a subtle undertaste, and it only really reaches the surface of consciousness late in the film, when Lee visits Mei. The contrast is stunning: between Mei, who has youth and independence, and Lee, confident but still aware that his youth is past. She has everything she needs, and happily reaches out for what she wants, while he grasps at any straw to distract him from his faded youth.
I can't end this review without mentioning one scene, although I won't give details. Suffice it to say that I very nearly fainted at this protracted, queasy-making scene: not because of the graphic or gory detail, because there was none. No, this scene suggested very vividly (and at length) something that had many women in the audience squirming. If you have a weak constitution, seek your doctor's advice before seeing this. Otherwise, go for it, because it's an extremely well-made film with a heart of black humour and social satire.
Movie Grade: 8.5 fillings with extra ginger out of 10
By Alison Jobling - Heroic-Cinema.com
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July 3, 2007
Not bad for a thriller film. I think it was done artfully. A well deserved nomination. I especially like the episode of Miriam Leung. .... something new.
This is a film that deserve to be kept. Kudos!!
March 18, 2005
an australian guy in china
The first thing I did after watching this film was to rush in the first dumpling shop I came across (in mongok) and start eating dumplings, lot of dumplings. Until that moment the occasions I ate dumplings were rare, not because I didn't like them but I never sought them on my own, just eating them when some chinese friend offered them to me. But after the film I gooble them down dumplings two or three times a week.
My only objection is the selection of Christopher Doyle as cinematographer, I am really tired of his visual style. I cannot understany why is he so necessary to Chinese filmakers, I'm sure there are hundreds of chinese cinematographers out there who can do a better and cheaper job. I think films like Farewell My Concubine and Temptress Moon are ruined by the way he utilizes color and lighting.
OK, I can say that his style somehow fits with the garish settings Fruit Chan always prefers, but the production and costume designers deserve more credit than the Australian guy. I think it was a brave thing Zhang Yi Mou did not use Doyle in SHI MIAN MAI FU, and you can see the results by yourself, visuals far more striking and lively than anything in HERO.
Dumplings is a great film, and one of the very rare REAL horror films. It shows many things about how chinese society deals with women and food. It's real as life and all the performaces contribute to it. I think Miriam Yeung deserved a golden horse.
December 9, 2004
|I watched the movie last nite, and I found out that Miriam did do a very good job in it. She did improve a lot with her acting skills. Overall the movie is not bad, except that it is kind of similar to "Go Home"|
October 19, 2004
|I will never look at dumplings the same way again. When I was watching this movie and even after I finished it, I convinced myself that it's just a movie. However, now and then when I see dumplings I can't help but think of this movie and then my appetite is gone. Needless to say, this left a big impression if not a scar in my mind about dumplings. If you love dumplings, don't watch this movie. If you hate dumplings, after watching this movie, you'll hate dumplings forever. However, if you're watching this for the content, I'd recommend it, but prepare yourself for a tasty treat that is dumplings.|
October 18, 2004
|this movie is one of the best ones i've seen in these past few months...miriam the lead actress is almost breath-taking with her stellar performance as the woman thats trying to save her own marriage. in the mvie there were scenes of miriam that would take your breath away ......cant say enough about this film u haf to see it to believe it ....also its rated R ...so watch out|