We’ve covered the dismal state of film censorship in the mainland before and if you ever wondered what new artistic heights Chinese film could’ve reached if not for that, here’s the answer. A Hong Kong film production company (where they’re not so artistically restricted) is creating a fuss for making the “world’s first” 3D porn. The erotic film Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy set back in the Ming dynasty court is directed by Christopher Sun and stars one Hong Kong and two Japanese actors in the main roles. Check out the sneak peek above (NSFW).
Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy will open in the former British protectorate and Taiwan next week. The £2m Cantonese language film is an ornate fantasy with high production values, set at the kinky court of Ming dynasty ancient China. It is ostensibly based on the classic Chinese erotic text, The Carnal Prayer Mat, and follows a young man as he befriends a duke and enters a world of royal orgies and other sexual peccadilloes. The film is also a reworking of an earlier Chinese movie, 1991’s Sex and Zen.
Writer and producer Stephen Shiu told local media the film would feature some “very graphic sex scenes”. He added: “It will leave audiences feeling like they are sitting right there at the edge of the bed.”
Titillating stuff! It’s banned in China of course, but that doesn’t mean people can’t book a trip to Hong Kong or Taiwan where it premieres next week. That’s in fact what many groups have been doing. “Taiwanese newspapers report that at least five tour groups from mainland China have already made reservations to see the films during the May Day holiday.”
We only wonder if it would be awkward to jump on a tour group whose sole itinerary was to go see this porno and if it would be even more awkward to watch it while packed in a theater full of people. Oh well, we know what you’re thinking. It was about time for that visa run anyway.