3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy
3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy is a 2011 Hong Kong 3D erotic costume drama film directed by Christopher Suen and produced by Stephen Shiu. It was released in Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand on 14 April 2011. It is a new instalment of the Sex and Zen series and is loosely based on the 17th century Chinese novel The Carnal Prayer Mat. As compared to the original film series, it is more dark and dramatic, and it occasionally pays homage to the humour of the earlier films.
|3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy|
Chinese release poster
|Mandarin||Sān D Ròupútuán zhī Jílè Bǎojiàn|
|Cantonese||Saam1 D Yuk6 Pou4tyun4 Zi1 Gik6lok6 Bou2 Gaam3|
|Directed by||Christopher Suen|
|Produced by||Stephen Shiu|
Stephen Shiu, Jr.
|Screenplay by||Stephen Shiu|
Stephen Shiu, Jr.
|Story by||Li Yu|
|Music by||Raymond Wong|
|Edited by||Azrael Chung|
One Dollar Production, Ltd.
|Distributed by||One Dollar Distribution|
|110 minutes 118 min (extended cut)|
129 min (director's cut)
A conceited Ming dynasty scholar, Weiyangsheng, believes that since life is short, one should pursue the ultimate sexual pleasure as time permits. By chance, he meets Yuxiang, the daughter of the Taoist priest Tie Fei, falls in love with her on first sight, and marries her. Yuxiang is elegant and courteous under the influence of her father's faith, though her lack of passion cannot fully satisfy Weiyangsheng's sexual needs. His disappointment is no less than his affection for her. He ventures in search of ways to increase his sex drive and performance in bed.
- Hayama Hiro as Weiyangsheng
- Lan Yan as Tie Yuxiang
- Saori Hara as Ruizhu
- Vonnie Lui as the Elder of Bliss
- Yukiko Suo as Dongmei
- Irene Chen as Pandan
- Tony Ho as Prince Ning
- Kirt Kishita as Quan Laoshi
- Wong Shu-tong as Monk Budai
- Tenky Tin as Dique
- Justin Cheung as Mr Lam
- Carina Chen as Xianlan, Tie Yuxiang's maid
- Jason Yiu as Shangguan Shen
- Lau Shek-yin as the Mayor
- Mark Wu as Tiancan
- Naami Hasegawa (Tomoko Kinoshita)
- Vienna Lin
- Flora Cheung as Xiang, Tie Yuxiang's maid
- Cliff Chen
- Jeffrey Chow
- Wah Chiu-ho
3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy is essentially an adaptation of the novel The Carnal Prayer Mat depicting the sexual exploits of Weiyangsheng, a young Ming dynasty scholar. It is produced by Stephen Shiu, the executive producer of Sex and Zen. The film was incorrectly promoted as "Hong Kong's first IMAX 3-D erotic film" because it was actually rejected by IMAX due to its subject matter and content. Its cast includes Japanese AV idols. Laughing aloud, Shiu described the experience of watching this film onscreen: "It is just like [being a] voyeur near someone's bed."
The film is a Category III film as per Hong Kong rating and Stephen Shiu said that screening was likely to be blocked in mainland China, a key market for Hong Kong filmmakers. Nevertheless, the producers further announced that 3D Sex and Zen will be released in various versions to bypass censorship laws in some jurisdictions and allow wider distribution.
Simon Foster of SBS Australia suggested the film loses steam along the way. He believes the thrill of the movie dissipates as the narrative turns nasty at the final 40 minutes, caused by those multi-dimensional rape and dismemberment scenes. Elizabeth Kerr of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Given Extreme Ecstasy's ultimate message that "All you need is love" and the vindication of the value of emotional connection in intercourse, the road the filmmakers take to get there is perplexing to say the least." The Daily Telegraph named it one of the ten worst films of the year, citing "the film goes on for too long, and gets darker as it does so, veering awfully close to torture porn on occasion, before ending with some unexpectedly sentimental philosophy that will be anathema to the manufacturers of Viagra."
However, Zoe Li of CNNGo gave the film a positive review. "I walked out of the first private screening of the softcore 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy never wanting to have sex again, not because the sex scenes were gross... but because its message of 'true love doesn't need sex' was so convincing", she states. Simon Miraudo suggested on his Quickflix blog that the movie heralded a new age in cinema.
According to Russell Edwards of Variety, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy took in US$351,000 (HK$2,790,000) on the first day alone in Hong Kong, beating Avatar's HK$2.5 million opening gross in the country in 2009. It earned HK$13,104,982 in the first four days after opening.
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