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Sex and Zen (1991)

Yuk po tuen: Tau ching bo gam (original title)
A man marries a beautiful wife, but decides to go out and experience as many sexual conquests as possible, with unusual and often hilarious results. Meanwhile, his wife is forced to enter a brothel and work as a prostitute.

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Michael Mak

Writers:

Alexander Lee (dialogue), Ying Kit Lee | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Ng ... Mei Yeung-Sheng
Kent Cheng ... Dr. Tin Chan
Elvis Tsui ... Wong Chut (as Xu Jin-Jiang)
Lieh Lo ... Chor Kun-Lun
Amy Yip ... Huk-Yeung / Chau-Yin
Isabella Chow ... Shui Chu
Carrie Ng ... Mistress Ku
Mari Ayukawa Mari Ayukawa ... (as Chiyoki Kanou)
Rena Murakami ... Fa Sun (as Tomoko Ino)
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Storyline

A recently married scholar goes on a quest for knowledge of other people's wives, based on his philosophical differences with the Sack Monk. He encounters the Flying Thief, who agrees to help him find women, but only if he attains a penis as big as a horse's. The scholar has a surgeon attach said unit, and he's off and running on his mission, only to find that there are obstacles to his new lifestyle, such as jealous husbands and treacherous females.

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The art of sex.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

30 November 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex and Zen See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$396,003
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

UK video versions were cut by the BBFC. The original Cantonese print was cut by 4 mins 21 secs with additional cuts of 5 secs for the dubbed version. The Contender DVD releases restore most of the previous edits with 37 secs still cut from two rape scenes. See more »

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The title says it all
17 July 2002 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

Keep in mind: this isn't some second rate snuff film. Sex and Zen has a story, has good acting, great costumes and setting. And also, sex.

The scholar in the film tries to fulfill his sexual appetites. Lucky guy, right? However, as the story progresses, I kind of felt sympathy for him. There is humor in this one which keeps the film lively. I winced during the operation scene with a funny cameo by Kent Cheng. The thief who helps the scholar adds some comedy as well.

Amy Yip really stands in this one. She is unbelievably sexy and her character is played nicely. The other beautiful ladies Isabella Chow and Carrie Ng also light up the screen. The sex scenes aren't too explicit, but there are some parts where you'd watch in disbelief. The whole scene in the end, S&M, "musical appreciation"...original concepts you'd probably only find in Hong Kong cinema.

Overall, the film doesn't take itself too seriously. It's erotic, funny, and there's a moral to be learned! Watch it for my hon Amy!!


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