On a raining Sunday morning I decide to watch 3D Sex and Zen. Half an hour in, I ‘m baffled by how watchable it is. The characters seem to be having a blast, the script is appropriately silly and the women are pretty damn hot. On top of that, there are a couple of nice homages to the older films in the series, the set designs are inventive and there’s an overall polish to the production that I appreciate.
There’s no disputing that Hiro Hayama makes for a bland protagonist and that he’s light years away from leading man status, but what I like about Hayama is that he’s game for anything. There’s not a whole lot of Asian actors I can think of that would be willing to do some of the stuff Hayama does in the film. Going into the film, I was most concern about actress Leni Lan Yan. Aside from taking her clothes off on cue, I wasn’t sure if she would be able to offer anything else. Turns out, Leni Lan Yan does a fine job. She pulls off the sexy without being too over the top and her screen presence really does shine through.
Admittedly, the third act of the film does get ridiculously bloody and the mean-spiritedness of the filmmakers does become obviously apparent. All of a sudden, the fun and campiness is abandoned for a nastier tone that almost ruins the entire experience.
Rather than let you get to third base, this film just slaps you in the face really really hard and kicks you off of the sofa.