A high-profile crackdown on CD piracy has only driven the industry further underground - and led to the rise of Japanese pornography. Several shops in Shamshuipo closed their doors yesterday, but customers were intercepted and shown to nearby outlets. A South China Morning Post reporter was offered four pirated CDs - City of Angels and Species 2, which have yet to be screened in Hong Kong, Sphere, and Oscar-winner The Full Monty - for a total of $100 at a shop near the Golden Centre. Students, tourists and expatriates packed the store last night, scanning Microsoft computer software and VCDs featuring the latest Cantopop concerts. Meanwhile, in Mongkok's Sino Centre, a notorious spot for pirated VCD and CD buyers, students were disappointed over the sudden disappearance of cheap VCDs. 'I'm quite disappointed. I like movies and pop music but cannot afford to buy the original products,' one said. Asked if he thought buying pirated discs was unethical, he said: 'Many people are doing it, including my classmates and relatives.' Meanwhile, dozens of shopkeepers have turned to cheap Japanese porn, selling films at $20 each. 'They're cracking down vigorously these days. Selling these films allows us to continue for the time being,' one salesman said. In Shamshuipo, pirated VCDs and computer software cost $100 for four, and music CDs $100 for five. 'We are facing difficult times due to frequent raids but fortunately our business is not affected seriously,' a salesman said.