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Sex and Zen (1991)

Yuk po tuen: Tau ching bo gam (original title)
A man marries a beautiful wife, but decides to go out and experience as many sexual conquests as possible, with unusual and often hilarious results. Meanwhile, his wife is forced to enter a brothel and work as a prostitute.


Michael Mak


Alexander Lee (dialogue), Ying Chiet Lee (as Ying Kit Lee) | 1 more credit »
2,176 ( 191)




Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Ng ... Mei Yeung-Sheng
Kent Cheng ... Dr. Tin Chan
Elvis Tsui ... Wong Chut (as Xu Jin-Jiang)
Lieh Lo ... Chor Kun-Lun
Amy Yip ... Huk-Yeung / Chau-Yin
Isabella Chow ... Shui Chu
Carrie Ng ... Mistress Ku
Mari Ayukawa Mari Ayukawa ... (as Chiyoki Kanou)
Rena Murakami ... Fa Sun (as Tomoko Ino)


A recently married scholar goes on a quest for knowledge of other people's wives, based on his philosophical differences with the Sack Monk. He encounters the Flying Thief, who agrees to help him find women, but only if he attains a penis as big as a horse's. The scholar has a surgeon attach said unit, and he's off and running on his mission, only to find that there are obstacles to his new lifestyle, such as jealous husbands and treacherous females.

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The art of sex.


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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Alternate Versions

UK video versions were cut by the BBFC. The original Cantonese print was cut by 4 mins 21 secs with additional cuts of 5 secs for the dubbed version. The Contender DVD releases restore most of the previous edits with 37 secs still cut from two rape scenes. See more »

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Wow..... Just wow.....
13 December 2018 | by phanthingaSee all my reviews

Sex and Zen is the kind of movie that you need to watch without knowing anything about the plot,the characters or any common sense in the real world cause this movie will leave you speechless by the time you finish it and it not because the movie is that groundbreaking but it just need to be see to believe.As a fan of Hong Kong cinema I'm very self aware about how much wacky and bizarre these movie can get but still when I watch Sex and Zen for the first time today it shock me to the core and make me realize how much of a small fish I am compared to the subgenre:"Hong Kong sex comedy".Seriously this movie make Erotic Ghost Story release 1 year before look like a PG-13 softcore porn and although there no wuxia kung-fu fight it make up back with many over the top and bizarre sex scene that it will make any pervert out there uncomfortable and weird out.if you think I give this movie too much credit than how about watch it for yourself ?

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30 November 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »

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