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Hong Kong's first 3D erotic film premieres

Brisbane Times 04/14/2011 21:27
A still from 'Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy'.

A still from 'Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy'.

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.