Hong Kong readies 'Sex and Zen' in 3D

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I have a confession to make: I never really liked 3D. Just having items pop out at me from the big screen was not enough to get me excited about the medium. Until now!

Production has started on Hong Kong director Christopher Sun's US$3.2 million 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy. The film is based on a classic piece of Chinese literature, The Carnal Prayer Mat, which chronicles the story of a young man who is introduced into the erotic world of a nobleman, only to finally realize his ex-wife was the love of his life.
Produced by Stephen Siu (Sex and Zen, Blow Your Head Off), the movie will star Japanese actresses Yukiko Suo and Saori Hara. It is being filmed on a secluded set in Hong Kong remodeled as a sex den equipped with fake rocks, erotic murals and animal-skin rugs along with fake Ming Dynasty antiques.

The movie is planned for a May 2011 release, but there are doubts that the Chinese-language version of the film will be released in China due to censorship restrictions.
It has also been reported that Tinto Brass, the Italian director who along with Bob Guccione and Giancarlo Lui helmed 1979’s notorious Caligula, has announced plans for a 3D remake.

Producer Siu says, "3D is the future of the movie business—it's human nature to want to see things in 3D."

Hey, I think I'm beginning to like 3D! But truth be told, this is not the first time erotica has been used in that medium. In 1969, the 3D The Stewardesses became a commercial hit in the U.S. But porn in 3D died out quickly in the early ’70s, mainly due to the primitive 3D technology at the time.

Tamil Film Ban Protested in Sri Lanka
I don't think I have ever written of any theatre events in the small island nation of Sri Lanka…until now.

A member of Sri Lanka's ruling coalition party Tamil People's Liberation Tigers (TMVP) was arrested by police, suspected of setting fire to a movie theatre in Kattankudy town in an Eastern province of the island.

Police suspect the crime is connected to the ban on screening South Indian Tamil movies in theatres in the northern and eastern provinces. An organization calling themselves “Democratic Tamil People” distributed a leaflet in the north and east calling for a ban on Indian Tamil movies showing in the theatres of those provinces.

Taiwan Industry Salutes Moviegoers
I almost missed this news when scanning information sources from Taiwan. But then the name of our good friend Mike Ellis caught my eye.

Taiwan's film industry launched a new trailer on August 16 to thank movie fans for choosing to watch movies at cinemas or on genuine DVDs at home and help the industry survive.
Taiwanese film director Doze Niu (Monga, What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?) is featured in the trailer, appealing to the audience to "do the right thing.”

"Please support legitimate movies, not only for the sake of protecting the jobs of those who work in the movie industry, but also for the purpose of being able to enjoy many more touching movies," Niu said.

The Focus Taiwan News Channel cites Ellis, president and managing director of the Motion Picture Association, Asia/Pacific, lauding the trailers as a "worthwhile initiative that shows genuine appreciation from Taiwan's film industry of movie fans who make a choice to watch content that has not been counterfeited.”

The video trailer will appear in all movie theatres and on six television stations in Taiwan.

Cinemas Close to Mourn Chinese Victims
All movie theatres and other entertainment spots were ordered shuttered on August 15 in China and the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau by order of the Chinese government.

The government called for the day of national mourning for the 1,248 people killed (with 496 still missing) from mudslides in northwest China's Gansu province that occurred the week before. However, it appears movie theatres were open in the Hong Kong SAR.

Myung Films Absorbs MK Pictures

Korean production house MK Pictures is merging back into Myung Films. MK was formed in 2004 from a partnership between Myung Films and Kang Je-gyu films.

MK and Myung have coordinated their filmmaking endeavors for several years, but are now operating solely as Myung Films. Myung, established in 1995, has grown to be one of Korea’s most successful film companies. The merger was timed to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the company.

Myung produced many local blockbusters including The Contact (1997), JSA—Joint Security Area (2000) and Forever the Moment (2007). Myung’s next release is Cyrano, an adaptation of the 19th-century French literary classic directed by Hyun-seok Kim, slated to open in September.

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