3D porn could boost mainland Chinese tourism to Hong Kong

3D porn could boost mainland Chinese tourism to Hong Kong

As eroticism reaches new dimensions with a gush of big-budget pornographic films in 3D in Hong Kong, mainlanders are trying to get in on the action
"3D Sex and Zen": 3D porn could boost Chinese tourism in Hong Kong
"Sex and Zen" villain Prince of Ning and one of his super-nymphs who looks less than interested.

Both the Hong Kong and the mainland Chinese movie industries have been hot topics lately, but for vastly different reasons.

While studios from around the world are competing to break into the mainland market, Hong Kong film-makers are going in another direction: they’re looking to get audiences hot under the collar with a wave of 3D porn flicks, beginning with "3D Sex and Zen" a soft-core take on classic Chinese lit-erotica, “The Carnal Prayer Mat.”

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The film is being promoted as the world's first 3D porn film. Who ever thought you needed more variations?

Porn -- 3D, 2D or any other type -- is blocked in the mainland. So clearly this won’t be a film competing for spots in Chinese cinemas without visiting a censor's editing suite.

But all the lead-up and lack of follow-though has gotten local audiences' attention, and many are making the pilgrimage south to see what's causing all the commotion.

WantChinaTimes reports that tour groups are “planning trips to Hong Kong and Taiwan specifically to allow people to see the uncensored version [of '3D Sex and Zen']."  

The tour companies are clearly targeting a different crowd from the shopping-oriented groups they usually ferry from the mainland to Hong Kong. 

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Although a bit of a different theme, the movie-based migration isn’t without precedent as many Chinese traveled to Hong Kong in 2007 to see the uncensored version of Ang Lee's “Lust, Caution,” as the edited mainland version left much to be desired.

“There is so much enthusiasm in China for this film because it's forbidden,” Stephen Shiu Shiu, “3D Sex and Zen” writer and producer, told a reporter during the shoot last year.

Wondering if it’s worth heading down to Hong Kong to check out the film yourself? Read the review first here: “Movie preview -- '3D Sex and Zen' is all about abstinence

A borough-bred Manhattanite, editor and writer Jessica Beaton lived in Shanghai for five years and has now moved to Hong Kong.

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