A Review of 3D Sex and Zen up at the Portland Review

The Portland Review publishes some really cool stuff. Their about message is:

The Portland Review has been publishing poetry, prose, and art since 1956. We are a tiny but tenacious literary magazine stomping outta Stumptown three times at year (usually).

About a year back, I was surprised to hear that a 3D movie overtook Avatar as the top movie in Hong Kong. I was even more surprised to hear the title, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy and that the creators felt it was the future of porn. It was also based on an old book of eroticism by Li Yu. I finally got to see it (my wife by my side) and we were literally shocked by the movie. Not just for the graphic nature of it, but the fact that it tried to have a deep philosophical message. I found parts that were actually thought provoking, but this movie is definitely not for the squeamish. I remember a few years ago, I recommended Lost Highway (the film by David Lynch) to a female friend. I loved it for the twisted symbolism and the journey through a man’s soul. She couldn’t handle the rampant sensuality and I completely empathized. Since then, I’ve been very careful what movies I recommend. This definitely is not for everyone. Check out the link (which is semi-NSFW) and a preview paragraph. Thank you to the editors at Portland Review for posting. And make sure to check out the rest of the site. Some great stuff going on over there!

I think of the Biblical Ecclesiastes as I finish watching the not-quite-soft-core porn/torture movie, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy. That’s a surprise.

The movie made headlines for the fact that it beat Avatar’s Hong Kong opening weekend record. This is a movie that starts as an adulterous celebration of all things carnal and then veers into territory that verges on a ‘love conquers all’ PSA pushed way beyond the extreme. Orgies are rampant, crude jokes about erectile dysfunction abound, penises get sliced off, and women function as sex machines lewder than robotified sex cyborgs. In fact, one of the villains is an androgynous beauty with a penis as long as a rope that he/she wields like a forklift.

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