What do the new film, "My Bloody Valentine," and Chinese pornography have in common?
They're both in 3-D, or will be soon.
Stephen Shiu Jr. announced today that he will make the first-ever 3-D erotic film, "3D Sex and Zen," which will be released in China later this year.
Piracy is a major issue in China -- its movie industry is on the brink of collapse because of it -- and Shiu said 3-D films are the only way to thwart the pirates.
Filming for "3D Sex and Zen" begins in April. It will cost $4 million.
"Just imagine that you'll be watching it as if you were sitting beside the bed," he told the South China Morning Post. "There will be many close-ups. It will look as if the actresses are only a few centimeters from the audience."
3D has already proven to be popular in China: Last year, Journey to the Center of the Earth was a huge success in the mainland.
But personally, I think 3-D, at least thus far, is just a way to dress up mediocre movies. (Or sometimes terrible movies).
If you're drowning 10 feet under water, and you come up four feet, you're still drowning.
The way I see it, 3-D may help these movies a little, but they're still terrible. As my colleague Annie Zelm put it, 3-D is a playful a distraction, not the solution.
For the record, "3D Sex and Zen" is a sequel to a 1991 movie Shiu's father made, titled "Sex and Zen." That's right: They're a father-son porn-making duo.
Not even fiction writers could make this (stuff) up.