HONG KONG – Up to a dozen “tailor-made” versions of erotic 3D film Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy are set to spring up across the globe come the film’s release in the summer of 2011.
The film’s producers will offer differing cuts to cater to the censorship standards and cultural tastes in different regions. Buyers are encouraged to “pick and choose” edits, not only for their regions, but also for theatrical and DVD releases, to address the censorship concerns of various territories.
The tactic has proved effective, as the rights to the title have been snatched up for Italy, France, Peru, Russia, and Singapore during the American Film Market, after an eight-minute preview in 3D was screened. The film’s distribution rep Alvina Wong said buyers can choose, with the producers Stephen Shiu Sr. and Stephen Shiu Jr. and director Christopher Sun to put together “tamer versions” suitable for their respective territories. Rights were pre-sold for New Zealand, Australia and Korea in Cannes.
Produced by the Shiu father-and-son team through their One Dollar Production, the HK$20 million ($2.5i million) action-packed film was shot entirely in stereoscopic 3D. It is a reinvention of the 1991 blockbuster Sex and Zen, inspired by the 17th century Chinese erotic novel The Carnal Prayer Mat, that spawned a wave of copycat period erotica set in historical China. Hong Kong’s Menfond, the digital effects house behind Jet Li’s Fearless, the alien dog in Stephen Chow’s CJ7, and the conversion to 3D of Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas takes charge on the 3D effects of vigorous, sometimes sadomasochistic, action sequences. Hong Kong release of the film is set for May or June 2011.