3D Sex and Zen cut by BBFC; Zookeeper remains uncensored

Friday August 5th 2011

As I so ably predicted when I saw the film back at Cannes (darling), 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy will not be granted an uncut theatrical release in the UK. The film is out here September 2nd and this week, UK distributor Metrodome finally took it in front of The Board. Cue press release:


The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) have requested cuts on the world’s first 3D erotic film – 3D SEX AND ZEN: EXTREME ECSTASY.

Metrodome were required to make two minutes of cuts to scenes of non consensual and violent sex but the strong sex scenes have been passed uncut at ’18’.

Is it me or is using the phrase ‘too outrageous‘ to describe the movie’s abundance of non-consensual, violent sex ever so slightly off? It sounds like Perez Hilton weighing in on Irreversible.

Nonetheless, they’re quite right that the decision to censor this movie is a ludicrous one. As ever the issue for the BBFC is that of ‘potential harm’, i.e. could watching the rape scenes in 3D Sex and Zen encourage a viewer to commit a rape themselves? Personally I’d argue that even the most repellant of movies doesn’t have that kind of power to corrupt, and as I’ve whined on and on and on about in the past, censorship only serves to shift the focus of an important debate. The question becomes ‘are the BBFC right to ban this?’ when it should be ‘were the filmmakers right to make this?’

But even leaving the principles aside for a second, are y’all motherfuckers seriously gonna tell me that 3D Sex and Zen has the potential to harm? It still seems unlikely that anyone’s gonna shell out ten quid to see the fucking thing, let alone take a split-second of it seriously. As a film (a category it only *just* qualifies for), it simply hasn’t got that kind of ability to influence. At least I hope it doesn’t, otherwise silk robes are coming back in a big way.