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Hong Kong Pic ‘3D Naked Ambition’ Is Saucy, Not Scandalous

Hong Kong's second ever 3D porn flick will hit local theaters on April 3.

Hong Kong’s second-ever 3D porn pic will hit local theaters on April 3.

But audiences should expect little steamy stuff from “3D Naked Ambition,” which, according to its producer, is a satirical comedy with a notable Hong Kong flavor.

Made on a budget of about HK$25 million ($3.2 million), “3D Naked Ambition” comes less than three years after the headline-grabbing release of “3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.”

(Produced by Hong Kong’s One Dollar Prodn.s on a budget of $3.5 million, “3D Sex and Zen” was one of the world’s first 3D porn films. It played very prolonged runs in Hong Kong and Macau, where a significant proportion of the audience was mainland visitors unable to watch smutty movies in their local theaters.)

There is no shortage of love scenes and bare flesh in “3D Naked Ambition,” but producer Chan Hing-ka said the film’s biggest appeal lies not in sex but its lightheartedness and “Hongkongness.”

“Sex was taken seriously in ‘3D Sex and Zen,’ but not in our film. The local audience may happily relate to the ‘Hong Kong can-do spirit’ embodied in this story,” Chan said. Even so Hong Kong’s rating board have slapped with a Category III certificate, limiting it to audiences over 18. “Foreign viewers would still have a lot of fun because it’s an entertaining story,” Chan said.

The film is a sequel to the 2003 film “Naked Ambition,” and tells the story of a literature graduate who feels stuck in a job of writing cheap erotic stories and instead breaks into performing in Japanese soft porn films.

The cast also features a platoon of Japanese adult video stars, Chapman To, one of Hong Kong’s best loved young comic actors, and Hong Kong singer-actress Josie Ho, who won the best supporting actress title at the Hong Kong Film Awards for her role in the 2003 episode.

“3D Naked Ambition” had its world premiere on Tuesday (March 25) in the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival (HKIFF). It will be released in Taiwan in mid-April and in Australia around May. Chan said he is also in negotiations with Japanese distributors.

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