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Friday, July 20, 2012

'3D Sex & Zen'

3D Sex & Zen Rating: (2 out of 5)
★ ★
3D Sex & Zen

Director: Christopher Sun Lap Key
Running time: 112 minutes
Language: Cantonese (subtitled in Japanese)
Now Showing
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Billed as the world's first 3-D erotic film, "3D Sex & Zen" certainly features in-your-face 3-D — watch out for the flying horse penis — but it's too silly to be considered even remotely erotic, despite plenty of disrobed Asian beauties.

The latest film in the long-running "Sex & Zen" series film is once again based on "The Carnal Prayer Mat," a 17th-century Chinese novel of bedroom philosophy, but it suffers from schizophrenic mood swings: The first half is all bawdy Hong Kong slapstick, the second closer to torture-porn territory, with one character even getting raped to death. Not the best date movie.

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