3D Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (Empire review)

SexandZen3DSquareA billing as “the world’s first erotic 3D film,” was enough to make this period sex comedy, loosely based on the same source as the original Sex and Zen (1991), open bigger than Avatar in its native Hong Kong. Eroticism, like beauty and comedy, is in the eye of the beholder – literally, in the case of the 3D breasts on display here – and all three get a fair shake during the amusing and/or arousing first half of Lee’s film, which takes place squarely in the realm of the senseless. As the film’s carnal capers lose impetus in the second half, Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy strays from questionable taste to full-fledged misogyny (one woman is literally raped to death, another suffers genital mutilation), which ultimately obscures the ‘lust fades, love lasts’ message and leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

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