I had the destinct pleasure, er I guess you could call it that, of watching Fruit Chan's strange Dumplings. It was a featured part of Three... Extremes a few years back that featured films by three notorious directors who specialise in Asian horror. There was Chan's Dumplings, Takeshi Miike's Box and Chan-Wook Park's Cut. I never saw that because I didn't think I would like it. I had been routinely disappointed by Asian horror apart from Ringu. And upon seeing Park's Oldboy, a film I hated, I really didn't want to see. Although now that I have seen and really liked Park's Sympathy for Lady Vengeance my interest has been reignited.
But, back to Dumplings. This movie is crazy. The ending to the feature-length version is apparently quite different to the shorter version featured in Extremes -
Apparently in the shorter version Mrs Li aborts her own baby and eats it, whereas in the feature-length version she makes Mr Li's mistress abort her baby so she can eat it.
I actually quite liked Dumplings. It was incredibly grotesque, but not viciously so such as one of the worst films I've ever seen, Takeshi Miike's Audition. And there's obviously much going on under the surface in relation to China's one-child policy and the lengths people will go to to be beautiful. All wrapped around a trashy and completely unorthadox film, one that has more in common with stuff like Babette's Feast and other "food films" than any of the Asian horror films I've seen. Plus, Dumplings also features a bonkers performance by reigning Queen of Odd Bai Ling. She of constant kooky fashion.
Does anyone know what year this film should be classed as? It was released straight-to-dvd here in 2007, but Three... Extremes was out in, what? 2005? And I believe the movie itself was released in various parts of the world in 2004. I give it a B anyway. I do, however, give the below image an A++++