Film review: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy
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1/5Taking a record £220,000 on its first day 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy took Hong Kong by storm. Viewers traveled in from China where the film was banned from being shown due to no age restrictions on the mainland cinema. Dubbed as the ‘World’s first 3D erotic film’ it’s due for release in UK cinemas on the 2nd September. Directed by Christopher Sun Lap Key it's a remake of a 1991 Hong Kong film of the same name based on a classic Chinese erotic text, "The Carnal Prayer Mat”. It has been described as an ‘erotic costume drama’, a ‘3D porn film’ and an ‘erotic comedy’. I wouldn’t call it 'porn', there are some comedic moments but mainly it is an action film stock full of violence. Sexually inexperienced scholar Wei Yangsheng (actor Hiro Haayana) in ancient China gets married to the love of his life Tie Fei (actress Leni Lan), but there’s a problem – he’s not very good in bed. The consummation of the marriage is a bit of an embarrassing experience she doesn’t seem very up for it (keeps pushing him off – he carries on), calls her breasts ‘so cool’ and tells her it won’t hurt but will be a very awesome experience, he climaxes in around five seconds and she tells him he needs to improve. It is this premise that drives the rest of the narrative, the juxtaposition of love and sex. Their married life is illustrated by a combination of intimate moments (to show they love each other) and a disappointing sex life. Wei concludes life is short and that he should pursue the ultimate sexual pleasure that time allows. He starts hanging out in an ancient kind of brothel and encounters many women who help him with his problem but eventually it is discovered the reason he isn’t great in bed is because he has a small penis. A comedic scene then occurs when Wei undergoes a ‘cock transplant operation’ and, after some kerfuffle involving a squashed horse member, he ends up with one from a donkey. This and other genuinely funny moments act as some respite to the more shocking aspects. The sex scenes didn’t really show much, a lot of boobs but nothing that was particularly shocking hence why I wouldn’t call it a ‘porn’ film. However the violence had me ready to walk out on a number of occasions. Maybe it is because I am not familiar with this kind of film. Perhaps rape and horrific violence towards women is considered acceptable entertainment. Upon swinging his new huge literal third leg towards various prostitutes at the brothel Wei finds that rather than being turned on they are actually pretty scared of it.
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