The first story from Hong Kong horror maestro Fruit Chan, “Dumplings” is the best. Bai (Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) Ling stars as Aunt Mei a young lady who makes dumplings that keep women looking young and youthful. Her secret ingredient? ABORTED FETUSES! Dumplings has some jaw dropping moments and was later expanded into a feature.
The second segment “Cut” from Chan-Wook (Oldboy) Park of Korea has a young filmmaker and his wife being terrorized by an extra who wants him to kill a child or else he’ll cut off his wife’s fingers one by one. This segment is pretty intense though some occasional lapses into comedy spoil the tension somewhat.
The last (and least) and by far the bleakest of the three “Box” is from Japanese splattermeister Takashi (Audition) Miike and is about a pair of sideshow twins involved in a terrible accident and an even more terrible family secret. While this segment lacks the outrageous in your face horror of the first two it definitely delivers on the mental anguish and hits below the belt. Although the stories don’t really have much of a payoff (most of them revolve around somebody with a big ass tongue) the way each director slowly ratchets up the tension is something to see. A sequel followed.