3-D porn tops the Hong Kong box office

major erotic 3-D movie, costing over $3 million (US) to produce. By comparison, one of the most expensive American porns ever made was Pirates XXX, which was produced for $1 million.


While Sex and Zen can’t be seen on mainland China due to censorship laws, many people traveled to Hong Kong just to see the film. Several theaters sold out and some audience members paid as much as $22 (US) for a ticket. The film also won the box office race in Taiwan, earning nearly a quarter of a million (US) in Taipei alone.


Set during the time of the Ming Dynasty, the Cantonese-language film follows the journey of self-discovery made by a young scholar who recently left his wife. Predictably, the plot and acting have been described as campy. While the film is soft-core, a few critics have commented on the graphic and violent nature of some of the sex scenes.


While the box office earnings have yet to exceed production costs, Sex and Zen is well on its way to becoming a financial success. The film was popular with small groups and the theaters used such gimmicks as “lady’s nights” and midnight screenings to entice audiences. However, it's yet to be seen if Sex and Zen is a one-hit-wonder that simply demonstrates the commercial power of 3-D nudity or if big budget porns can compete with more traditional releases in theaters.


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  • Sex and Zen

The soft-core adult film, 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, was the top box office draw in Hong Kong this weekend. The $1.7 million (US) it earned was high for a feature film, not to mention a porn limited to audiences 18 and up.

3-D skin flicks have been around since the 80s. This year the AVN adult entertainment awards even had a category for Best 3D Release. However, Sex and Zen has been hyped as the first

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