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Sex and Zen 3D Coming to America

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 26, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 26, 2011 |

Quick, what 3D film holds the opening day record in Hong Kong? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not Avatar, and it’s in the headline. There’s a common belief in technology that new consumer technologies only become successful when they find an application in sex. The Internet? Porn. VHS beat the superior Beta format because Sony wouldn’t give licenses for pornography to be produced on the Beta. The printing press? Monk slash fiction. Well now we can add 3D to that list, because the first successful adult film in 3D is coming to America.

Sex and Zen 3D is an erotic costume drama set in the historical Ming Dynasty and was adapted from the novel The Carnal Prayer Mat, which I think is a far superior title. Its Chinese distributor reached a deal at Cannes with China Lion, an America distributor of Asian films, to bring the film to American theaters. The film has already hit New Zealand and Australia, presumably right in the eye.

Producer of the film, Stephen Shiu Yeuk-Yuen declared that “it is just like being a voyeur near someone’s bed,” thus proving that one person’s compliment can be another person’s federal crime. Sources could not confirm that Stephen actually had first hand knowledge that the film was exactly like that.

Sorry about that header image, but you try searching for “Sex and Zen” and you’ll see how difficult it is to find a front page appropriate picture. So I thought to myself, self, what else is scary and comes from Asia? Tetetetetetet.

(source: THR)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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