CORRECTED: Film hopes to break new ground with 3-D porn
(Corrects to clarify film not tied to IMAX in paragraph 3)
By Stefanie McIntyre and James Pomfret
HONG KONG (Reuters Life!) - 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 three dimensional 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. Continued...