3D Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, the Asian smash hit which has shattered box office records across the Asia Pacific region is due to open this Friday 2nd September.
An adaptation of the classic novel The Carnal Prayer Mat, the film follows a young Ming Dynasty scholar named Wei Yangsheng on an eye-opening journey of sexual discovery.
To celebrate the world’s first 3-D erotic film coming to Odeon screens round the country, we are taking a look back at other films which look at the often very weird consequences of sexual encounters.
- Fatal Attraction
What started as a look across a room becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher as the woman he has a passionate weekend affair with becomes obsessed with him. She stalks him and his family, pours acid on his car and kidnaps his daughter..
The film has split audiences between seeing Alex as a victim or a villain. Regardless of what viewers think, if anything can show the negative consequences of an extra-marital affair, it is the term 'bunny boiler'.
Michael Douglas finds his sexual encounters causing him problems, yet again. When he turns down his new boss’ (Demo Moore) advances - awkwardly, she is his ex-lover - she sues him for sexual harassment and tries to get him fired from the company.
To be fair to Douglas’ character, he is not in the wrong. He is however, still finding that sex can have negative consequences and that hell has no fury like a woman scorned.
- Secretary (2002)
This dark comedy shows how some people like to get their kicks via dominant/submissive role playing. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Lee, a young girl who gets released from a mental hospital for self-harming.
She tries to re-integrate into society by getting a job as a secretary where she develops a sexual relationship based on S&M with her boss (James Spader).
It is apparent though while she falls for her boss, he is only sexually aroused by her submissive behaviour. He feels ashamed of their relationship and promptly fires her following a sexual incident in his office.
The film ends with the couple getting married and continuing their dominant/submissive relationship... leaving the audience constantly guessing as to the harm husband is doing to his wife.
- Crash (1996)
The negative consequences of sex don’t get much worse than fatal injuries or imminent death! The film Crash, based on a controversial novel by J G Ballard, tells the story of a distant couple who get involved with a group of people who festishize car crashes.
In fact, they fanatically watch car safety test videos and photograph accidents to fuel for their fetish and even go as far as to cause accidents on purpose. Pretty dark, right?
- Sex, Lies and Videotape
Andie McDowell plays Ann, a woman unhappily married to a man who is having an affair with her sister. She’s never had an orgasm.
But when her husband’s friend (James Spader) comes to town and introduces her to a new way of sexual expression; being interviewed on tape about sexual fantasies everything changes.
In the end, Ann divorces the husband, gets together with the friend and reconciles with her sister. Her husband on the other hand, gets fired and ends up alone! Nice.
3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy is in cinemas this Friday, 2nd September