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Three

A 2002 trio of stylishly gruesome tales from the East, the best of which is Peter Ho-sun Chan's muted and hauntingly photographed “Going Home.” A cop (Eric Tsang) moves into a seedy Hong Kong apartment tower with his son and befriends the couple next door, who harbor a sad and unsavory secret. As in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, vast empty spaces connect past and present, though Chan also draws on the Chinese ghost story's common themes of fate ironically twisted and redemption that leads to love eternal. “The Wheel” by Nonzee Nimibutr of Thailand plays like an exotic variant of a Hollywood slasher, with shadow plays and evocative gamelan music decorating a tale of cursed puppets bringing death to a greedy and jealous clan of puppeteers. “Memories” by Kim Jee-woon of South Korea cuts back and forth between a husband trying to recall what he's done and a wife trying to figure out where she is. Kim borrows liberally from Hideo Nakata's The Ring and Christopher Nolan's Memento, but his Grand Guignol creepiness is deflated by a cop-out ending. In Korean, Thai, Cantonese, and Mandarin with subtitles. 128 min.

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