The first chinese 3D erotic film soon to be distributed in North America

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After its HK hit, the first Chinese 3D erotic film ”Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” has secured US and Canadian distributionChina Lion Film Distribution bought the North American rights to the movie during the Cannes Film Festival.
The Chinese-New Zealand joint venture that specialises in releasing Chinese films in the US and Canada, didnt revealed  the date and scale of the release. “Sex And Zen”, a remake of a 1991 Hong Kong movie by the same name, made the biggest opening day when it debuted in Hong Kong on April 14, beating the opening-day box office record previously held by James Cameron’s 3D sci-fi epic Avatar, with a first-day take of 360,000 dollars.

After some weeks of distribution, the 3.5 million US dollar Cantonese-language production has collected 4.9 million dollars, making it the Chinese territory’s most popular release so far this year. The film had also made 1.7 million dollars in Taiwan, a million dollars in South Korea and another 1.2 million dollars in Australia as of Wednesday, according to its publicist, Ms Wong.

Sex, Zen and figures

Budget: 3.5 million US dollar


HK              4,9 M $US

Taiwan      1,7

S Korea     1

Australia  1,2

TOTAL       9,8

The picture was trimmed in Hong Kong where it received a restrictive “Category III” rating. It received an R18 in both Australia and New Zealand, but censors ordered no cuts.

“In Australia, Sex took in $600,000 on nine screens for a per-screen average of $67,000, or more than six times the per screen average of competitor Scream 4. Over six weeks in Oz, Sex has wrung $1.1 million from local filmgoers, or $122,000 per screen, beating Fast 5 per screen average of $114,000. In New Zealand, Sex squeezed an opening week per screen average of $24,000, matching the per screen take of Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, China Lion said in a statement.

“We’re looking at as wide as possible a release for this groundbreaking film in North America and are currently working with our theatrical partners AMC for the US and Toronto, Cineplex for Vancouver and Consolidated in Hawaii, on dating and locations.

We believe this film will play a lot wider than our traditional Chinese audience in key cities and are looking to exploit those opportunities.” China Lion CEO Milt Barlow said.

Few days ago, China Lion announced that he will be the Nort American distributor of another genre of film, the patriotic “Founding of a Party”! (See article   )

Founded in 2010, China Lion has exclusive agreements to distribute up to 15 Chinese language films a year to cinema exhibitors including AMC and Cineplex in North America; EVENT, Greater Union, Village and Birch Carroll & Coyle in Australia; and EVENT in New Zealand.
SOURCES: THR (25/5/11), Film Business Asia, (26/5/11)


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