Hong Kong debuts its first 3D erotic film

Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:17pm EDT
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By Stefanie McIntyre and James Pomfret

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A period drama about a young man, a duke and royal orgies drew hundreds in Hong Kong to the premiere of the territory's first 3D erotic film earlier this week.

The soft-porn "Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" debuts as the stricken porn industry turns to 3D as a potential money-spinner to revive its fortunes following the success of Hollywood blockbusters such as "Avatar."

"What we're going to expect is that people don't take it as an erotic or any gross thing to look at," said director Christopher Sun.

"Try to take it as an entertaining movie for adults."

His father, Stephen Shiu, was responsible for the original "Sex and Zen," a 1991 film that grossed over US$2.6 million and held the crown as the city's highest-grossing adult film for over a decade.

Based on a classic Chinese erotic text, "The Carnal Prayer Mat," the $3 million film, released on April 14, follows a young man as he befriends a duke and enters a world of royal orgies and other sexual peccadilloes.

The film, which began production last August in a shabby film studio on the leafy fringes of Hong Kong, uses slapstick comedy and an amusing script to offset some of the more explicit sex scenes and occasional shocking violence.

Seven simultaneous premiere screenings took place in central Hong Kong, and Sun said he hopes it will run for over a month. This would take in both the Easter and the crucial May Day holiday, seen as key for one target audience - Chinese tourists.   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 the 3D soft porn "Sex &amp; Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" in Hong Kong in this August 13, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip</p>