Sex and Zen (1991) is the second title entry into our brand new sub-label 'Sensual Sinema'.
Sex and Zen raised the bar on Chinese soft porn when it was released. An erotic comedy about sexual dalliances and their retribution, based on an ancient Chinese literary classic – The Carnal Prayer Mat.
Directed by Michael Mak, it is a cautionary tale about a man (Lawrence Ng) who marries a beautiful young woman (Amy Yip) but after a sexually unfulfilling wedding night, decides to set out on an odyssey to conquer as many women as possible. His pursuit for the ultimate erotic pleasure, leads him down the path of decadence, while his hapless bride is forced to work as a prostitute in a brothel. After a series of carnal adventures, with often unusual and hilarious results, the couple is reunited, but not before a sad lesson is inflicted.
Funny and outrageous, with lots of eroticisms, the movie has become a cult hit worldwide, with its lavish sex and imaginative sex scenes.
Interview with director Michael Mak (English subtitles)