Criticism of '3D Sex and Zen' spawns YouTube hit

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2011, 12:00am


A letter criticising the soft porn film 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy as too violent and not sexy enough has gone viral, attracting more than 1.1 million views on YouTube, thanks to movie star Chapman To Man-chak.

The criticism was originally posted by an anonymous writer on an internet forum. But it quickly gained notoriety after To recorded himself reading from the 1,000-word letter. The recording was uploaded on YouTube a week ago.

To then apologised to the hit movie's executive producer, Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen, on Chinese networking site Weibo, saying the recording was a reckless act which might have offended some people.

The clip has since spawned Putonghua and Taiwanese versions playing on puns and rude jokes from the original letter.

The unnamed letter writer apparently voiced what has dissatisfied many movie viewers, despite the film's popularity.

'Why is the 3-D part in a 3-D porn [movie] nothing to do with sex? It's more about bullets, flying knives, rocks, blood, organs. If I wanted to see flying bullets, I would rather watch [action-comedy movie] Let the Bullets Fly. It's really scary. I curled up when I watched it.'

The writer also complained about how actress Vonnie Lui Hoi-yan, who plays a hermaphrodite in the 3-D film, was blown to pieces in the end.

'So now whenever I see Lui's pictures, I will unintentionally think of her speaking with a man's voice, and exploding into pieces. This has a great psychological impact on me.'

The movie continued to top the box office during the Easter holiday, taking in HK$6.2 million.