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139. Cut (Chan-Wook Park, 2004)

The second film from the Three Extremes DVD is from the phenomenally talented Chan-Wook Park, director of the excellent vengeance trilogy including Oldboy and the earlier reviewed Lady Vengeance. Cut is a smart little story about a film extra who decides to kidnap a famous director and his wife before offering the director a conundrum. He will let them both go if the director kills a young girl but for every five minutes he takes to make up his mind his wife has a finger chopped off. It’s smart, nasty stuff and Park shoehorns in plenty of visual flourish too. The end managed to remind me of Oldboy with its sick twist.

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