Filmmakers Race To Make The First 3D Porn Movie

Hong Kong director Christopher Sun is in a race against time to complete his 3.2 million-US-dollar film “3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy”, which is due for release in May.

Adult video actress Saori Hara (2nd R) and actor Hiro Hayana (C) of Japan take instructions from director Christopher Sun (bottom L) as they prepare for a take on the film set of '3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy'. Photo: Bobby Yip / Reuters

On the leafy fringes of Hong Kong in a film studio, a nude ponytailed actor stretched out on animal-skins with his lover as the cameras rolled in a set evoking a subterranean sex lair in ancient China.

Turning away from a slightly blurred high definition TV screen as the actors writhed, Hong Kong director Christopher Sun shouted “cut” whilst yanking off his 3-D glasses. “Good” he yelled.

No ordinary porn flick, “3-D Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” is being touted as the world’s first 3-D porn movie. The director is in a race against time to complete his the $3.2 million dollar film, which is due for release in May.

It’s a race because Italian director Tinto Brass has already announced he will produce a 3D remake of his 1979 erotic film Caligula.

Japanese adult actress Saori Hara (L) and actor Hayama Hiro rehearse an erotic scene during the making of "3D Sex and Zen" at a studio in Hong Kong August 13, 2010. Photo: Bobby Yip / Reuters

The soft porn Hong Kong film comes as the stricken industry, hit hard by free Internet porn in recent years, turns to 3-D as a potential money-spinner, following on from the success of Hollywood blockbusters such as James Cameron’s Avatar.

“Somehow when you’re doing a 3-D movie you always want to make an impressive image because the viewers are going to buy tickets with double or even triple the ticket price to get into a world they’ve never seen before,” said  Christopher Sun. “It’s not just erotica, they want some ‘wow factor!.'”

Based on a classic Chinese erotic text, “The Carnal Prayer Mat,” the first 3d Adult movie follows a young man as he befriends a duke and enters a world of royal orgies and other sexual peccadilloes.

The producers are hoping the erotic period drama will prove a titillating hit with 3-D-glasses-wearing audiences and help develop a lucrative, niche film market.

Christopher Sun wears 3D glasses as he watches a take on a preview screen during filming on the set of '3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy'. Photo: Ed Jones / Getty Images

“It’s because it’s forbidden in China, (that there) is so much enthusiasm in China for this film,” said film maker Stephen Shiu, who was responsible for the original 1991 erotic film “Sex and Zen,” which grossed over USD$2.6 million and held the mantle as the city’s highest-grossing adult film for over a decade.

Taking almost twice the time to shoot than conventional films and with a higher budget, more advanced equipment and elaborate lighting, the takeup of 3-D productions has been relatively slow in the porno industry despite early excitement at its promise.

“We have to change the lenses for a long time, the setting, lighting, we need more time than a normal movie,” said Japanese porn star Saori Hara after completing a scene.

Adult video (AV) actress Saori Hara (2nd R) and actor Hiro Haayana (R) of Japan perform for the camera during filming on the set of '3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy'. Photo: Ed Jones / Getty Images

Despite this, other major 3-D sex flicks are now reportedly in the works. Adult entertainment firm Hustler is reportedly working on a three-dimensional porno-spoof of the lithe, blue aliens in “Avatar,” while Italian director Tinto Brass plans to film a 3-D version of his classic 1979 erotic film “Caligula,” based loosely on the dissolute life of the Roman emperor.

Although mainland Chinese censors are almost certain to block the movie’s screening, it has sparked wide interest in other Asian markets, including Japan and South Korea, as well Europe, and the United States, Shiu said.

Shiu insists the film is female-friendly since it is more about love and romance than plotless sex scenes. “The sex scenes are explicit and sometimes violent, but the main theme of the story is love,” said Sun, the director.

In fact, the producer figures it outdoes his own 1991 “Sex and Zen”, still the highest-grossing Hong Kong adult movie of all time. “I wanted to make a good commercial film even without the sex scenes,” he said.

“Visually it is very spectacular – that is why it is worth doing in 3D. It is funny and very touching at the end. Actually, it’s one of the best scripts I’ve ever written.” [via Reuters, Daily Telegraph (UK) and Cinematical]

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