In an effort to cash in off of HK’s past successes, Wong Jing
has given us another chapter in the Sex and Zen series.
This time out there are more girls, more positions, and more
sex scenes. While all of that is sure to grab the core audience
of the series, what’s lacking is the sheer over-the-top wackiness
of the first, and the darker, anime-influenced sickness of
the second. This feels like a standard C3 flick, meaning skin,
sex, and sloppy production values.
The plot follows new prostitutes
Susan (Karen Yeung), Fanny (Tung Yi), and Chinyun (Chung Chun),
who are inducted into the Fragrance House brothel where they
are trained in the ways of lovemaking by their veteran madam
Tall Kau. Eventually all three enter circulation where Susan
is crowned the top prize and becomes enamored of budding scholar
Chu Chi-Ang (Siu Chuen-Yung).
Fanny is jealous beyond all means and though
she’s bought by famous horse trader Sir Lui (Category 3 staple
Tsui Kam-Kong), she still plans her revenge on Susan. Eventually
the typical “torture the innocent naked girl for cheap thrills”
stuff happens, while Chu learns various wacky sexual positions
to get Susan back.
Of course, all of this has to be
seen to be believed, but it would be easier if the film were
in any way inspired. The first two went over the top to transcend
their sleazy genres - and succeeded. This one just goes about
its business in an uninteresting manner and only gets sleazier when it attempts to push boundaries. The actresses lack the charisma of those from previous installments, and Zen has been reduced to only a footnote here. (Kozo