Sex and Zen (1992) / Comedy-Adult
aka Rou Pu Tuan Zhi Tou Qing Bao Jian
MPAA Rated: R for strong sexual humor, nudity and some violence
Running Time: 94 min.
Cast: Lawrence Ng, Amy Yip, Isabella Chow, Kent Cheng, Xu Jin-Jang, Lieh Lo, Carrie Ng
Director: Michael Mak
Screenplay: Lee Ying Kit (based on the book "The Carnal Prayer Mat", by Li Yu)
Review published March 15, 1998
Sex and Zen is about a young husband (Lawrence Ng) who travels the country in search of many loves. Unfortunately, he is not blessed with a well-endowed body, so he enlists some help and has a surgical replacement for his schlong with that of a horse. Now he gets his wish, but jealous husbands and scheming women may lead to his downfall. Meanwhile, his wife becomes sexually frustrated waiting for his return, and may have a fling or two of her own.
Sex and Zen is one of the most bizarre films you're ever likely to see. Basically, it's a soft-core Hong Kong sex comedy, and while not truly inspired comically, it has an energy and distinct craziness that's enough to maintain a level of interest even if it seems to not have much of a point. As far as the erotic aspects of the film, everything is so far over the top and obviously fake that I would not recommend it if you're looking for anything resembling a cheap thrill or turn-on. That said, there's still entertainment to be had from the sheer oddity that Sex and Zen delivers, as long as you aren't expecting hot, steamy sex or knee-slapping laughs.
©1998 Vince Leo