Hong Kong film hopes to break new ground with 3-D porn

Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:17am EDT
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By Stefanie McIntyre and James Pomfret

HONG KONG (Reuters) - On the leafy fringes of Hong Kong in a shabby film studio, a nude ponytailed actor stretched out on animal-skins with his lover as the cameras rolled in a set evoking a subterranean sex lair in ancient China.

Turning away from a slightly blurred high definition TV screen as the actors writhed, director Christopher Sun shouted "cut" whilst yanking off his 3-D glasses. "Good" he yelled.

No ordinary porn flick, "3-D Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" is being touted as the world's first IMAX-3-D erotic film.

First out of the gates, the soft porn Hong Kong film comes as the stricken industry, hit hard by free Internet porn in recent years, turns to 3-D as a potential money-spinner, following on from the success of Hollywood blockbusters such as James Cameron's Avatar.

"Somehow when you're doing a 3-D movie you always want to make an impressive image because the viewers ... are going to buy tickets with double or even triple the ticket price to get into a world they've never seen before," said the U.K.-educated Sun

"It's not just erotica, they want some 'wow factor!.'"

Based on a classic Chinese erotic text, "The Carnal Prayer Mat," the $3 million film follows a young man as he befriends a duke and enters a world of royal orgies and other sexual peccadilloes.

The producers are hoping the erotic period drama will prove a titillating hit with 3-D-glasses-wearing audiences and help develop a lucrative, niche film market.   Continued...

<p>Japanese adult actress Saori Hara (2nd L) and actor Hayama Hiro (3rd L), both wearing 3D glasses, along with director Christopher Sun (4th L), watch a replay of their acting during the making of "3D Sex and Zen" in Hong Kong August 13, 2010. The producers are hoping the erotic period drama based in ancient China -- which is expected to open in Asian cinemas next year -- will prove a titillating hit with 3D-glasses-wearing audiences and develop a lucrative, niche market for pornography productions in future. Picture taken August 13, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip</p>