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Vonnie Lui Hoi Yan, Hiro Hayama (Yip San Ho), Tony Ho Wa Chiu, producer Stephen Shiu Jr. and theme song performer Sukie Shek Wing Lei two nights ago attended the 3D SEX AND ZEN: EXTREME ECSTASY (3D YUK PO TUEN ji GIK LOK BO GAM) celebration. Stephen Shiu Jr. announced that the film after five days in release in Hong Kong passed 14 million at the box office, after one day in release in Taiwan it made close to NT$5 million.
Lui Hoi Yan was excited about the box office success. "I just returned from promoting the film in Taiwan, such a good performance truly is very rare." Speaking of many online criticism about her being the promotion selling point but she did not perform in the buff in the film. Even her topless scene only lasted two seconds. Some even questioned whether she used a double and demanded a "refund". Lui Hoi Yan stressed that she did not use a double. Because during the shoot she was thinner, visually there was a difference. As for why she was not fully naked, she explained, "My character is a hermaphrodite, I am topless but I covered up below. The third spot that everyone saw on screen required computer generated effects."
Did she feel that was like lying to the audience? She was upset and said, "I didn't lie to anyone!" Then she broke down and said, "It took a lot of courage for me to play this character, but instead I was criticized. I am an actress but viewers make me sound like a prostitute. I am just one of the four actresses, why don't viewers stomp on the other actresses? They just point all their arrows at me. I feel humiliated. If it's like this why not just cut out my topless scenes and don't bother." Hiro Hayama consoled her. "Don't cry, tonight is a celebration! Actually she truly gave for the film and worked very hard on her performance."
Would Lui Hoi Yan no longer make category III film? She said that this incident would not affect her decision. In the future whether she would perform in the buff she would make up her mind according to the script. In addition, Stephen Shiu Jr said, "Young people now mistake adult video for category III films. They think that they spend over HK$100 to watch 3D adult video at the movies and criticize that after watching the movie they have no biological response. They have no idea what category III film restrictions are. Since they have an opinion, later when the film will be released on video I will lengthen Lui Hoi Yan's topless scene. (How much longer?) It should be four seconds. On May Day golden week the film will also release an extended edition, which will have 15 minutes more sex scenes that were cut earlier to satisfy everyone."