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3D SEX AND ZEN EXTREME ECSTASY <span>[3D]</span> artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 109m 56s

Release date 02/09/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong sex, violence, nudity and sexual violence

Genre(s) Adult, Drama

Director(s) Christopher Sun

Cast includes Saori Hara, Leni Lan, Vonnie Lui, Yukiko Suo, Irene Chen

Cut This work was cut. The cuts were compulsory. To obtain this category cuts of 2m 48s were required. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers or plot details.

BBFCinsight publication date 23/08/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

3D SEX AND ZEN EXTREME ECSTASY is a Chinese erotic period drama about a recently married young man who embarks on a sexual odyssey when his wife is unable to satisfy his sexual desires. The film was classified '18' for strong sex, violence, nudity and sexual violence.

The BBFC's Guidelines on sex and nudity at '15' state 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail' and 'Nudity may be allowed in a sexual context but without strong detail'. There are frequent sequences of strong sex and nudity which include sight of a man sucking a woman's nipples, pubic nudity in a sexual context, sight of a man's erect penis, buttock thrusting implying penetration, and implied but masked fellatio and cunnilingus. This level of detail exceeds what is permissible at '15' and is therefore more appropriately placed at '18'. With regard to the violence, there is a scene in which a woman kicks and slaps her female slave's face and then uses a coat stand as a weapon to hit her on the face, resulting in a slow-motion blood spray. In another scene, a woman is subjected to sadistic genital torture, although this lacks any strong visual detail. The emphasis on the infliction of pain and injury goes beyond the allowance at '15' where 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'. In addition, there are some scenes of sexual violence. For example, a naked woman is bound in chains and raped in front of her husband, who is forced to watch. Although the scene does not present sexual violence as enjoyable, erotic or acceptable, there is some focus on the woman's breasts. In the context of an erotic drama, this scene exceeds the terms of the Guidelines at '15' which state 'any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification.

The film also contains some strong language.

Before the film was classified '18', the BBFC required cuts in two scenes. In the first scene, a man rapes a woman, with the woman then going on to enjoy the sex. The scene is shot in the same eroticised style as the rest of the film and creates the impression that rape can be an enjoyable and exciting erotic experience. The scene was cut to remove the non consensual set up, leaving a purely consensual sex scene. In the second scene, a man engages in violent sex with a woman. Although the sex is consensual, the man beats and whips the woman during sex, before finally suffocating her to death as he thrusts into her. The scene, which is filmed in the same eroticised style as other scenes, creates a strong link between violence and sexual arousal. Although the BBFC suggested that the scene could be reduced to an acceptable level by multiple cuts, the distributor chose to remove the scene in its entirety. Both scenes breach the terms of the Guidelines at '18' which state the BBFC may cut any 'portrayals of sexual or sexualised violence which might, for example, eroticise or endorse sexual assault'.

Cuts information

Compulsory cuts were required to two scenes of sexual and sexualised violence, which included elements with a tendency to eroticise and endorse sexual violence. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.


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Metrodome Distribution
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112m 44s
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Note to parents
This version of the film is displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find this a more intense experience

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