Viva Erotica

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Viva Erotica
DVD Cover
Directed by Derek Yee
Lo Chi-Leung
Produced by Catherine Hun
Written by Derek Yee
Lo Chi-Leung
Ka Man
Starring Leslie Cheung
Karen Mok
Music by Clarence Hui
Chiu Tsang-Hei
Duck Lau
Anthony Chue
Cinematography Jingle Ma
Edited by Kwong Chi-Leung
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release date
28 November 1996
Running time
99 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$11,615,085.00

Viva Erotica (Chinese: 色情男女) is a 1996 Hong Kong erotic comedy film co-written and directed by Derek Yee and Lo Chi-Leung. The film is developed as a sex-comedy film, though with a serious subject of how an artist has to compromise his artistic integrity to make a living.


The story centers on the unsuccessful film-director Kwok-Wing (Leslie Cheung) and his producer Chung (Law Kar-ying), who agrees to make Category III sex/porn movies for their financial stability.[1] Their movie projects are financed by a gangster boss Pui (Paul Chun). Shu Qi[1] and Karen Mok played the roles of the leading actresses in the movie. In the end, Wing finally decides not to compromise his artistic integrity by making a porn movie.



The film, though rated III in Hong Kong for its sexual content, is considered as a Hong-Kong masterpiece.[citation needed] The film was highly praised by critics and audience alike. The film was hailed for being well-directed and woven in great artistic details.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

16th Hong Kong Film Awards



  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Derek Yee, Lo Chi-Leung)
  • Best Actor (Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Tsui Kam-Kong)
  • Best Original Music Score (Clarence Hui Yuen, Chiu Jun-Fun, Lau Cho-Tak)
  • Best Song ("Sik Ching Nam Nui", performed by Karen Mok and Jordan Chan)

47th Berlin International Film Festival

  • Golden Bear (nominated)[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Viva Erotica". Freer Gallery. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1997 Programme". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 

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