"3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" is not Chinese porn, says REUTERS (How about the novel, "The Carnal Prayer Mat" then?)

Screenshot of what's gotta be a joke for eternity! Yeah, reading the Reuters article, ""3D Sex and Zen" -- no, it's not Chinese porn" aroused within me the strong, hard feeling of unbelief. No, not that I have watched it yet--the hot YouTube trailer didn't count, did it? Heh.

To quote the article:
But the movie's not pornographic in the traditional sense; this is purely "R" material. The 3D is reasonably immersive and the film blessedly keeps the in-your-face breasts and other body parts to a minimum.

A somewhat negative review was also posted in LoveHKFilm.com, "3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy":
3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy is supposedly based on the classic Qing Dynasty novel “The Carnal Prayer Mat,” but it’s really a film based on its own marketing pitch.

Well, one must indeed form his own opinion. But I doubt the movie will ever be shown here in Singapore.

Although I must confess that the classic novel (The Carnal Prayer Mat), from which the movie is inspired, is intriguing. According to Wikipedia, it's an erotic novel written by Qing dynasty author Li Yu (李渔) in 1657.

Google Books on The Carnal Prayer Mat, by the way, has the first 203 pages of the book as a Preview. Nice, huh? (Especially considering the total pages of 336!) Uhm, not really. Wait till you try to read it.

Too many words. And the narration style? Argh. No wonder it's a classic, huh?

Do note the review of this book is appealing. From Yellow Bridge, "Classic Chinese Erotica, Erotic Novels and Short Stories":
This masterpiece is an erotic satire disguised as a moralistic tale.

The story is about a scholar who wants to become a monk but not before he has married the prettiest girl around.

Wanting to seduce a beautiful woman who happens to be married to a well-endowed stud, he resorts to extreme measures to be competitive. He undergoes surgery to replace his penis with that of a dog, an amazing plot turn considering that the story was written in the 17th century, long before plastic surgery was invented.

The story is sexy, imaginative, takes many unexpected turns and, best of all, is outrageously funny.

Each chapter ends with a short critique presumably written by a third-party reviewer but quite likely were written by the author himself to add even more to the humor.


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