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 v          Saw VI - 2009 Canada / USA / UK / Australia horror mystery by Kevin Greutert.

 X   Saw VI

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  • Saw 6
Saw VI is a 2009 Canada / USA / UK / Australia horror mystery by Kevin Greutert.
Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor and Mark Rolston. Youtube link IMDb
The Theatrical version was cut for a US R rating. The uncut version was released on UK DVD and is Unrated in the US. The film was banned in Spain, Malaysia, Thailand and Ukraine.
Spain: Banned
The film was originally X rated which is a restricted rating more typically given to porn films. Such films are banned from mainstream cinemas. The film was later cut for DVD release.

The film was also banned in Malaysia, Thailand and Ukraine.

Malaysia: Banned

Thailand: Banned

Ukraine: Banned

Summary Notes

Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.


UK: Director's Cut/Extreme Edition/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:

US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:

 v       A Serbian Film - 2010 Serbia adult horror by Srdjan Spasojevic.

 X   A Serbian Film

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  • Srpski film
A Serbian Film is a 2010 Serbia adult horror by Srdjan Spasojevic.
With Srdjan Todorovic and Sergej Trifunovic. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The BBFC cut 4:12s from the UK release. Uncut in the US but there is also a US version with a minute missing. An MPAA Unrated Director's Cut was released in the US in 2021. Banned in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Norway. The film was also banned from a festival screening in Spain,

And for comparison, Denmark and Sweden classified the movie as a 15; in France the uncut version was awarded an 18 certificate. The film was temporarily banned in Brazil but was later passed 18 uncut.

See also full entry for Video Hits: A Serbian Film

Australia: Banned
  • December 2010 - April 2010: Rejected by the Classification Board, cut, rejected, cut some more and then passed R18 after similar cuts to the UK release
  • September 2010 - The R18 certificate was challenged by the government and the film was banned by the Review Board
  • Current Status: Banned in Australia B

Germany: Banned but later unbanned after 13 minutes of cuts

Upon initial release, the film censors of FSK ordered that the film be refused classification due to concerns that the content may violate German federal law.

On 30 June 2011, a version was allowed with 13 minutes cut, and was rated 18, "No release to youths".

Malaysia: Banned

Banned in August 2012

New Zealand: Banned for DVD in May 2012

The film censor explained the ban. See article [pdf] from

There is a high likelihood that viewers would be greatly shocked and disturbed by the extreme sexual violence and violence in association with sexual conduct, along with sexual conduct with children and young persons, regardless of age. The publication's sexual violence and violence in association with sexual conduct is concerning in a different way. Research has repeatedly shown that such depictions are likely to reinforce negative attitudes towards women in a number of ways. They have been shown to desensitise viewers to real-life violence, to reduce empathy with victims of sexual violence amongst both men and women, to increase rape myth acceptance, and to increase women's fear of sexual assault. In the current publication this material is so extensive and extreme that these injuries to the public good are likely to occur regardless of the age of the viewer.

Norway: Banned

See article from

Norwegian Media Authority (Mediatilsynet) banned A Serbian Film because it contains violence with the sexualisation of children. Ove Wathne of Mediatilsynet told daily Dagens Naeringsliv that it is usually an ingredient that provides a basis for an assessment of the Authority.

In Norway films are self rated by the distributors. The Norwegian media censors step in on demand, presumably in response to complaints or controversy.

Singapore: Banned

Banned in August 2012 due to its content being likely to cause controversy in Singapore.

South Korea: Banned

The film was given a Restricted rating twice by the KMRB. The first edit was submitted on 9 August 2011 with a duration of 94 minutes but was rejected for having extreme violence. The second edit was trimmed to 88 minutes and labelled as the director's edition, was submitted on 6 October 2011, but was also given the same restricted rating, this time for extreme themes.

A restricted rating limits means that it can only be shown in adults-only (19+) theatres, of which there are none in Korea (although there were some when the law was written).


US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Denmark: The Scandinavian release on the Cinematic Vision is uncut but has no English subtitles for the Serbian soundtrack

US: Pre-cut by about 1:00s and MPAA Unrated for:

UK: Passed 18 after 49 BBFC cuts totalling 4:12s for:

 v          Sex and the City 2 - 2010 USA comedy romance by Michael Patrick King.

 X   Sex and the City 2

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  • Sex and the City: The Movie 2
Sex and the City 2 is a 2010 USA comedy romance by Michael Patrick King.
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis. IMDb
UAE: Banned
Abu Dhabi were unimpressed by being depicted in the movie. The government banned the producers from filming in the country, and also banned the film from cinemas.

Censors were unhappy at scenes referencing homosexuality and highly displeased by a sequence in which one of the main characters is shown kissing in public. The most galling scene, however, appears to have been one in which the four ladies are rescued by Muslim women -- who take off their burqas to reveal stylish western clothes underneath.

Singapore: The film was cut for a local rating

Vietnam : Banned

Banned as a conflict of cultural values.

Summary Notes

Two years have passed since Carrie Bradshaw finally bagged John "Mr. Big" Preston, the man she was always meant to be with. Just as her friend Charlotte must deal with her young daughter's "terrible two's", Carrie must deal with her relationship taking a turn for the worse - Big likes to watch old black-and-white movies on TV and eat take-out food, which prevents Carrie from feeling like the free-wheeling party girl she used to be. Meanwhile, Miranda copes with a new boss that can't handle an intelligent, powerful woman, and Samantha works a public relations angle that gets the fashionable foursome an all-expense-paid trip to Abu Dhabi.


UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

 v          Sex Tape - 2014 USA comedy by Jake Kasdan.

 X   Sex Tape

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Sex Tape is a 2014 USA comedy by Jake Kasdan.
Starring Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Rob Corddry. YouTube icon IMDb

India: Banned by the CBFC in July 2014
A source from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) says, Owing to excess vulgarity in the film, we have decided to not certify the film

India: Unbanned by the CBFC after 10 minutes of cuts in August 2014

The revising committee of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) later cleared Sex Tape, giving it an A certificate. The committee asked the film's distributors to cut around 10 minutes' footage from the film.

Explaining the edits, senior member of the Revising Committee, Nandini Sardesai said:

The two sex scenes-one before the titles roll and the other before the end credits-were uncalled for. Moreover, they were over the top. Frankly even I was embarrassed when I was watching it. Despite the cuts, the film is still very explicit.

Malaysia: Banned in 2014

Wikipedia lists Sex Tape as banned by Malaysia's film censors. It was banned due to strong sexual content

Summary Notes

A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.

UK: rated 15 uncut for strong sex references, sex, very strong language, drug use

US: Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.


UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong sex references, sex, very strong language, drug use for:
 v          Sex.Violence.FamilyValues - 2012 Singapore short comedy drama family by Ken Kwek.

 X   Sex.Violence.FamilyValues

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Sex.Violence.FamilyValues is a 2012 Singapore short comedy drama family by Ken Kwek.
With Adrian Pang, Vadi Pvss and Pamela Oei. YouTube icon IMDb

  • Banned with the comment:

    "Contains strong and obscene language as well as scenes that show obscene actions that is insulting to local cultures".


  • Banned in 2012
  • Passed R21 after cuts in 2013
The censors deemed one segment in which a Chinese porn director played by Adrian Pang rants against an Indian actor racially offensive. After the scenes in question were deleted the film was allowed to open.

Summary Review: Un.PC

A kindergarten principal finds a series of morbid cartoons drawn by a child. A porn actor struggles to rise to the occasion while filming a romantic cumedy . A middle-aged nightclub bouncer faces off with a rebellious teenage stripper.

A short film that throws political correctness out the window of Singapore mainstream cinema.

 v          Shadows of Fiendish Ancestress and Occasionally Parajanov on Durian Cialis - 2017 Singapore / Japan / Philippines romance by Tze Chuan Chew.

 X   Shadows of Fiendish Ancestress and Occasionally Parajanov on Durian Cialis

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Shadows of Fiendish Ancestress and Occasionally Parajanov on Durian Cialis is a 2017 Singapore / Japan / Philippines romance by Tze Chuan Chew.
Starring Raissa Ai, Karla MC Bautista and Paolo Dumlao. IMDb

Singapore: Banned in 2017
The picture had been scheduled to have its world premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival, part of the Singapore Media Festival , this week. But it was this week denied a public release certificate by Films Appeal Committee, on the grounds that it could hurt Muslim religious feelings.

UK: Banned by Thurrock Council in September 2018

Banned fromThe Thurrock International Celebration of Film because an initial assessment claimed that the film would be rated R18 (denoting hardcore pornography) and therefore can only be shown in licensed sex premises.

Summary Notes

With reference to native historical texts and the mythological and religious depiction of the Holy Whore, Chew constructs a mythology of a hermaphrodite who comes to town to impart a wisdom that proves to be too carnal and untimely. Years in the making and strung together with documentary-like footage of orgiastic happenings, punctuated with moments of refrain into randomness, the film soon escalates into a schizophrenic psychedelia of multicultural and polymorphous sexuality.

 v          Shakespeare Must Die - 2012 Thailand horror drama by Ing Kanjanavanit.

 X   Shakespeare Must Die

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Shakespeare Must Die is a 2012 Thailand horror drama by Ing Kanjanavanit.
Starring Pirun Anusuriya, Sudhisak Bamrungtrakun and Minta Bhanaparin. YouTube icon IMDb

Thailand: Banned in 2012
A new Thai film based on William Shakespeare's, Macbeth , has been banned by censors on the grounds that its content may cause disunity among the people.

The film is the first Thai rendition of Macbeth, a bloodstained tragedy in which a Scottish general, with the help of his insidious wife, assassinates a king to pave his way to the throne.

One of the film's main characters is a dictator named Dear Leader, who resembles former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose ouster in a 2006 coup sparked years of political turmoil between his supporters and critics.

Ing K., the film's director, said the censorship committee objected to anti-monarchy overtones in the film as well as politically charged content, including a scene based on an iconic photo from Bangkok's 1976 student uprising showing a demonstrator being lynched.

A legal challenge to the ban was turned down by Thailand's Administrative Court in 2017.

Update : 11th June 2014. See Thailand's toil and trouble over 'divisive' Shakespeare film from

 v          Shame - 2011 UK drama by Steve McQueen.

 X   Shame

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Shame is a 2011 UK drama by Steve McQueen.
With Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale. YouTube icon IMDb

Singapore: Banned

Steve McQueen withdrew his film after the film censors of the Media Development Authority demanded cuts to a sex scene involving a threesome, and even after the cuts, the MDA imposed a 21 rating.

Controversial in the US:

The film hit the censorship headlines, not because it was cut or banned, but because it was released in the US with an adults only NC-17 rating. This is rare in the US as many cinemas and advertisers refuse adults only films lest they lose their 'family friendly' status.


UK: Passed 18 uncut for;

US: Uncut and MPAA NC-17 rated for:

 v          Shonibar Bikel - 2019 Bangladesh / India / Germany thriller by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.

 X   Shonibar Bikel

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  • Shonibaar Bikel
  • Saturday Afternoon
Shonibar Bikel is a 2019 Bangladesh / India / Germany thriller by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.
Starring Parambrata Chatterjee, Ellie Poussot and Selina Black. IMDb
Bangladesh: Banned by the film censor in January 2019
The film censor banned the film claiming that it would damage the country's reputation, adding that it could also incite religious fervour. The movie has also been banned from being marketed abroad.

Members of the censor board watched the film twice. Even though they praised the film upon the first viewing, certain concerns were brought to light when they watched it for the second time. Censor board member Nassiruddin Dilu said:

We think that the running time of the film, which is an hour and twenty minutes, is more suitable for film festivals than a theatrical release

He added that the film will damage the country's reputation. Iftekhar Uddin Naushad, another member of the censor board, claimed that this decision was made because the film will be unfavourable to the global image of Bangladesh.

Director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki criticised the decision to ban his film saying:

Filmmakers should feel free to take inspiration from any incident that happens around them. They don't tarnish an image. They only interpret events. It's real world actions that can damage an image.

He said they would appeal against the decision in the hope of gaining a theatrical release.

Summary Notes

A thriller based on a terrorist attack in 2016 claimed by Islamic State in which 22 people were murdered in at the Holey Artisan Cafe.

 v          Shooter - 2020 India action film by

 X   Shooter

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Shooter is a 2020 India action film by
Starring Jayy Randhawa. IMDb

India: Banned in Punjab and Haryana in February 2020

Following in the steps of the Indian state of Punjab, the Haryana state government has imposed a ban on the screening of the Punjabi movie Shooter- based on the life and crimes of notorious gangster Sukha Kahlwan. As per the order issued by Vijai Vardhan, additional chief secretary (home), the suspension of screening/exhibition of the movie in the state shall remain in force for two months.

Filmmaker Kewal Singh has filed a petition within the High Court stating that the Punjab authorities has banned its launch on February 10 with out seeing the movie. The movie has not but been issued a certificates by the censor board and neither has the movie been seen. T

Earlier the Punjab authorities banned this movie claiming that the movie is selling violence, crime and gang tradition, which may promote crime in Punjab.

Summary Notes

A Punjabi movie based on the life and crimes of notorious gangster Sukha Kahlwan.


In the UK the film was passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, brief drug misuse.

 v          Shrek 2 - 2004 USA children's animation comedy by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury...

Shrek 2 Widescreen Mike Myers
 X   Shrek 2

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Shrek 2 is a 2004 USA children's animation comedy by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury...
Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated release for cinema and home video. Uncut in the US with an MPAA PG rating.
Israel: Briefly banned in 2004
The film was banned briefly in 2004. The Hebrew dub featured a joke about Israeli singer David D'Or's high voice. in which one character threatens to castrate another by saying Let's do a David D'or on him. This remark prompted the artist to take legal action, saying: This film intends to present me, in perpetuity, as a eunuch, a man with no testicles. It turns me into a laughing stock. The Tel Aviv District Court ordered Shrek 2 to be withdrawn until the remark could be edited out.

Summary Notes

Shrek has rescued Princess Fiona, got married, and now is time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. It's not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother, to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona.


US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
 v          Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan - 2020 India gay comedy by Hitesh Kewalya.

 X   Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

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Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is a 2020 India gay comedy by Hitesh Kewalya.
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar and Gajraj Rao. IMDb

Banned in UAE in February 2020.

Summary Notes

Presenting the life of two gay men who are in love, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan depicts their struggle to convince their families to accept the relationship. But things are never as easy as they seem and one of the boy`s family decides to get him married to a girl. Will their `unconventional` love prevail?


BBFC uncut
run: 117:27s
pal: 112:45s
12AUK: Passed 12A uncut for implied strong language, suicide references, discrimination theme:
  • 2020 cinema release
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UAE : The film was banned by the UAE film censor in February 2020. No explanation has been given but the UAE is not a gay friendly place

Kenya: Banned in February 2020

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua has also banned the screening of Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan'. In a statement he maintained that the 'gay-themed is not in line with Kenyan constitution and the institution of family, hence the decision to ban its screening. He added:

The film is worse than the ones we have banned in the past as it has scenes involving children in homosexual practices and openly attempts to legitimize same-sex marriage.

Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. Further, Kenya is a God-fearing nation which places a great premium on family, an institution derived from a union between two people of the opposite gender.

Kenya will not be the dumping ground for all manner of filth that seeks to destroy the institution of family and our cultural identity.

 v   The Simpsons Movie - 2007 USA animation comedy adventure by David Silverman.

 X   The Simpsons Movie

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The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 USA animation comedy adventure by David Silverman.
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner and Nancy Cartwright. IMDb

Burma: Banned
See article from :

The film was banned in Burma, not for the infamous scene of nudity, but for excessive use of the colours yellow and red, which is prohibited in the country. The colours are symbolic of rebels groups.

Japan: Cut

From IMDb. Bart's full frontal shot had to be pixellated.

Singapore: Cut

From IMDb. The film was edited for a PG rating for release in Singapore (uncut version is rated NC-16). Bart's full-frontal shot is censored.

Summary Notes

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family are declared fugitives.


UK: Passed PG uncut for mild language, innuendo and comic violence for: US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:
 v          Slackistan - 2010 UK drama by hammad khan...

 X   Slackistan

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Slackistan is a 2010 UK drama by hammad khan...
Starring Aisha Linnea Akthar, Rafey Alam and Osman Khalid Butt IMDb

Banned in Pakistan.

Pakistan: Banned in January 2011

See article from

Slackistan, a British-made movie about young people living in Islamabad, has been banned in Pakistan because of scenes showing swearing and drinking. The CBFC also called for religious references to be taken out.

The Guardian notes the contentious issues as: the words 'Taliban' and 'lesbian', swear words in English and Urdu, scenes showing characters drinking (filmed with fake alcohol, incidentally) and a joke about beards (as in "my beard is longer than your beard") made between characters talking hypothetically about a fancy dress party. These are not the CBFC's only objections, but the main ones it highlighted.

Its director, London-based Hammad Khan, has told the BBC he is refusing to make changes demanded by Pakistan's Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC).

Note that an IMDb reviewer notes that he watched the film in a Lahore cinema so presumably the film was unbanned at some stage.

Summary Notes

Islamabad, Pakistan. A group of privileged and westernised twenty-something friends while away their days and nights driving around town, partying, surfing the internet and smoking shisha pipes. As the country outside their world starts to crack, Hasan and his friends must face up to their relationships, angst and life choices before it is too late.

 v   The Snowman - 2017 UK / Sweden / USA crime horror mystery by Tomas Alfredson.

 X   The Snowman

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The Snowman is a 2017 UK / Sweden / USA crime horror mystery by Tomas Alfredson.
Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and ChloŽ Sevigny. IMDb

Malaysia: Banned in 2017
The film was banned by the country's film censor for excessive violence.

Summary Notes

When an elite crime squad's lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.


UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
 v          Stories of Our Lives - 2014 Kenya by Jim Chuchu.

 X   Stories of Our Lives

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Stories of Our Lives is a 2014 Kenya by Jim Chuchu.
Starring Louis Brooke, Allan Bryan Weku and Judy Gichohi. IMDb

Kenya: Banned in 2014
The Kenya Film Classification banned the film with the comment:

The decision to decline approval to the said film was because the film has obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities and it promotes homosexuality which, is contrary to our national norms and values.

Summary Notes

A collection of five vignettes about Kenya's LGBT community.

 v          Stranger by the Lake - 2013 France gay drama by Alain Guiraudie.

 X   Stranger by the Lake

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  • L'inconnu du lac
Stranger by the Lake is a 2013 France gay drama by Alain Guiraudie.
With Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou and Patrick d'Assumçao. YouTube icon IMDb
Lebanon : Banned for:
  • 2013 film festival showing
It was banned by the film censor when submitted for the Beirut International Film Festival

Summary Notes

Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.

A very explicit French gay-themed film. Sometimes it felt a bit overly so - including graphic unsimulated scenes of oral sex and even a shot of a man, erm, climaxing. But I kind of admire the movie at the same time for not shying away from showing anything.

The film stirred controversy in France, two Paris suburbs removed posters for the film that displayed an illustration of two men kissing. Residents complained the image was inappropriate.

Director Alain Guiraudie won the Best Director prize in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes.


UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex for:
  • 2013 cinema release
 v          Talk To Me - 2022 Australia horror thriller by Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou

 X   Talk To Me

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Talk To Me is a 2022 Australia horror thriller by Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou
Starring Sophie Wilde, Joe Bird and Alexandra Jensen BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release in the western world but the film was banned in Kuwait

Summary Notes

When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.

Kuwait: Banned in August 2023

The hit Australian horror film Talk To Me has been banned from screening by the Kuwait film censor. Reportedly solely over the casting of non-binary trans actor Zoe Terakes, who plays a character whose gender identity is never mentioned in the film.

 v          Ten Years - 2015 Hong Kong drama by Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-Wai...

 X   Ten Years

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  • 10 Years
Ten Years is a 2015 Hong Kong drama by Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-Wai...
Starring Peter Chan, Lau Ho-Chi and Kin-Ping Leung. IMDb
Hong Kong: Banned apparently by Beijing
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The film, an anthology of five short stories, each by a different director, has provoked widespread discussion and raised the ire of Beijing, with China's Communist Party newspaper Global Times denouncing the film as absurd.

It was a hit at the box office, earning more than 6 million Hong Kong dollars ($770,000), or more than 10 times its budget. But it abruptly disappeared from cinemas in January after an eight-week run, leading many to wonder whether pressure from Beijing was responsible. Now the only way to see it is at private screenings at universities and community centers, where it's often followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.

Summary Notes

Five thought-provoking shorts imagine what Hong Kong will be like ten years from now. In Extras, two genial low-level gangsters are hired to stage an attack, but they're mere sacrificial lambs in a political conspiracy. Rebels strive to preserve destroyed homes and objects as specimens in the mesmerizing Season of the End. In Dialect, a taxi driver struggles to adjust after Putonghua displaces Cantonese as Hong Kong's only official language. Following the death of a leading independence activist, an act of self-immolation outside the British consulate triggers questions and protests in the searing yet moving Self-Immolator. In Local Egg, a grocery shop owner worries about his son's youth guard activities and where to buy eggs after Hong Kong's last chicken farm closes down.

 v          Thank God - 2022 India comedy by Indra Kumar

 X   Thank God

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Thank God is a 2022 India comedy by Indra Kumar
Starring Rakul Preet Singh, Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra IMDb

Reportedly banned in Kuwait.

Kuwait: Banned in September 2022

The film caused a little controversy in India as religious campaigners felt that it mocked the hindu religion and so filed a legal case claiming that the film hurt religious sentiments. It is reported that this religious mockery did not go down well with the Kuwait film censor who banned the film from a cinema release in Kuwait.

Summary Notes

An egoistic real estate broker in huge debts, meets with an accident. As he gains consciousness, he realizes that he is in heaven. God appears in front of him and informs him that he will have to play a GAME OF LIFE. If he manages to win, he will be sent back to earth and if he loses, he will be sent to hell.

 v          Thibaan x BNK48 - 2020 Thailand music film by Surasak Pongsorn

 X   Thibaan x BNK48

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  • This House
Thibaan x BNK48 is a 2020 Thailand music film by Surasak Pongsorn
Starring Natruja Chutiwansopon,Warattaya Deesomlert,Jiradapa Intajak IMDb
Thailand: Series 2 Episode 2 was banned in November 2018
A monk grieving at his ex-girlfriend's funeral is the alleged scene that caused a Thai film to be censored just days before its Thursday release.

A group of Thai directors revealed that what the film censors called a sensitive scene in Thi Baan The Series 2.2 depicted a monk character bursting into tears in front of his ex-girlfriend's coffin.

Thailand's film censor board has demanded that the pivotal scene be cut and the film resubmitted to the board before it can be screened at cinemas.

In the meantime the release of Thi Baan The Series 2.2 has been indefinitely postponed.

 v          Thor: Love and Thunder - 2022 Australia/US film by Taika Waititi

 X   Thor: Love and Thunder

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Thor: Love and Thunder is a 2022 Australia/US film by Taika Waititi
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned in Malaysia.

Summary Notes

Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Malaysia: Banned by the film censor in August 2022

Disney likes to add a little preachy moralising about gay positivity and this film is not an exception with a couple of minor script references. Korg (Taika Waititi) mentioned his two dads and briefly ending up with another male Krogan. The other reference was the female character, Valkyrie, taking an interest in a concubine of Zeus.

Malaysia's Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin spotted the gay references and said that he would continue to look out for LGBT content that would continue to censored in future.

The film censor did propose that cuts could be made to secure a release but Disney declined and the film was formally banned.

 v          Those Long-Haired Nights - 2017 Philippines drama by Gerardo Calagui.

 X   Those Long-Haired Nights

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  • Mga gabing kasinghaba ng hair ko
Those Long-Haired Nights is a 2017 Philippines drama by Gerardo Calagui.
Starring Rocky Salumbides, Anthony Falcon and Matt Daclan. IMDb
Malaysia: Banned in January 2018

Summary Notes

A journey to the end of the night, through a gloomy and chaotic district of the Philippino capital, where the only things glowing in the dark are some red lights and the dreams of three ladyboys. The three of them are the best of friends and are working as masseuses offering sexual services for their clientele. The youngest keeps falling in love with the wrong people; the wise one returns home to her province to attend the christening of her ex-girlfriend's son; the bravest looks to make more money through drug deals for a Korean client. Where will their survival instinct lead them on the streets of Manila?
 v          To Singapore, with Love - 2013 Singapore documentary by Pin Pin Tan.

 X   To Singapore, with Love

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To Singapore, with Love is a 2013 Singapore documentary by Pin Pin Tan.
Starring Swee Chai Ang IMDb

Singapore: Banned in September 2014
Announcing its decision to ban the 70-minute film To Singapore, With Love , Singapore's films censors of the Media Development Authority (MDA) claim that its contents:

Undermine national security because legitimate actions of security agencies to protect national security and stability of Singapore are presented in a distorted way as acts that victimised innocent individuals.

The individuals in the film have given distorted and untruthful accounts of how they came to leave Singapore and remain outside Singapore

Summary Notes

In the 1960s and 1970s, Singaporeans, who were activists, student leaders or Communists were exiled from their country. Fifty years later, despite resettling in countries such as the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Thailand, it is clear that the diaspora still holds Singapore and the idea of returning home in their hearts and minds. TO SINGAPORE, WITH LOVE follows the exiled protagonists in the film, as they undertake a trip to Singapore's closest neighbor, Malaysia, where they attend reunions, memorials and stay in a hotel that overlooks their homeland.

 v          Toofan Singh - 2017 India action film by Baghal Singh and Gurcharan Virk.

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Toofan Singh is a 2017 India action film by Baghal Singh and Gurcharan Virk.
Starring Ranjit Bawa, Avtar Gill and Raza Murad. IMDb

India: Banned in August 2017
Notable as this was the first film banned by the recently installed new chief film censor, Prasoon Joshi.

A source from the CBFC reportedly said:

The film is brutal and anarchic. We couldn't empathise with its message of brute power, let alone grant it a censor certificate

Summary Notes

The journey of a Punjabi Sikh boy who grew up during the chaotic, violent 1980s revolving around his chase for survival, equality and justice in order to protect and shield society and fight against brutality, crime and corruption.

 v       A Touch of Sin - 2013 China drama by Zhangke Jia.

 X   A Touch of Sin

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A Touch of Sin is a 2013 China drama by Zhangke Jia.
Starring Wu Jiang, Lanshan Luo and Li Meng. YouTube icon IMDb

China: Banned
See article from .

In May 2013 it was announced that the film had been cleared for release in mainland China, a surprise to observers within and outside the country who feared such subject matter was taboo. By December 2013 the film still had not been cleared by censors, and a leaked directive from the Central Propaganda Department instructed media not to conduct interviews, report or comment on the film.

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A brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China; (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination.

Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life);one of the best and most important directors in the world; (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.

An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.


US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

 v          Twilight Over Burma - 2015 Austria TV drama by Sabine Derflinger.

 X   Twilight Over Burma

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Twilight Over Burma is a 2015 Austria TV drama by Sabine Derflinger.
Starring Zoe Addams, Sahajak Boonthanakit and Daweerit Chullasapya. IMDb

Burma: Banned from June 2016 film festival
An Austrian TV movie, Twilight Over Burma, has been banned from a Burmese human rights film festival by the local film censor.

Burma's Film Classification Board's deputy director general Daw Thida Tin told the BBC that the film had been banned for the sake of national unity and also the stability of the country and of our people .

the film festival organisers say they were also told that the censors saw the film as damaging to the image of the army.

Thailand: Banned from July 2016 film festival

The film was banned by the Thai film censor from a film festival of films made in Thailand. The reason was attributed to solidarity amongst dictatorships, or in more PC terms it was related to bilateral ties between Thailand and Burma.

Summary Notes

The U.S. scholarships Austrian student Inge and young mining student from Burma Sao Kya Seng fall in love. But it's only at the lavish wedding ceremony that Inge discovers her husband is the ruling prince of the Shan state of Burma. After a coup staged by the Burmese military, Sao is imprisoned. Inge does everything she can to free him. Base on the true story of Inge Sargent.

 v          Unfreedom - 2015 USA / India crime romance by Raj Amit Kumar.

 X   Unfreedom

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Unfreedom is a 2015 USA / India crime romance by Raj Amit Kumar.
Starring Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain and Bhanu Uday. Youtube link IMDb

India: Available on Netflix, April 2018
See article from

Almost three years after Unfreedom was banned in India by the Pahlaj Nihalani-led Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), on the grounds that it would ignite unnatural passions, the film has been acquired by Netflix and can be watched by the streaming service's subscribers.

Talking about the film's release by Netflix, director Raj Amit Kumar said in a press statement:

I am glad that Unfreedom finds such a popular platform like Netflix after the ban in India and the efforts of censorship guardians in India to stop the film. It also exposes the hypocrisy and divide between reality and fantasy of censorship system in India. There is no way they can control and censor content in digital age, yet, they try their best to choke filmmakers like me who have something relevant to say that makes them feel threatened.

It is illegal that they banned my film. I plan to fight a legal battle, even after the Netflix release. I will fight against the ban. Neither the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) nor FCAT have the right to ban a film. My fight will be in terms of how the censorship works.

India: Banned by the CBFC, March 2015

See article from

The film was banned by the CBFC on the grounds that it would ignite unnatural passions,

The film is the story of a young girl who resists a forced arranged marriage to unite with her lesbian partner. The nudity and lovemaking scenes of the female protagonists, 'outraged' the Indian Board of film censors.

Add to it a parallel story line which revolves around a liberal Muslim kidnapped by a terrorist and the CBFC was up in arms.

Speaking from the US, the director told Mirror, The two stories are juxtaposed and the film challenges the idea of religious fundamentalism and questions its connection with homosexuality which is a biting reality of India.

He added that the film was refused by both the Examining Committee and the Revising Committee. They plainly told me that after watching the film, Hindu and Muslims will start fighting and will ignite unnatural passions. I was aghast as my film is not provocative.

The filmmaker then appealed to the Film Certification Apellate Tribunal (FCAT) but this time too, he was denied a certificate. I'm making an appeal in the High Court now as the Censor Board cannot tell a filmmaker what to make and what not to, said the filmmaker

Summary Notes

In New York arrives a violent and angry man imprisoned by his brutal past, Mohammed Husain. His mission - to kidnap and kill a peaceful Muslim scholar, Fareed Rahmani. On the other side of the world, Leela Singh, a homosexual girl in New Delhi, kidnaps her bisexual lover, Sakhi Taylor. Her mission - to marry her lover and live happily ever after. In a brutal struggle of identities against unfreedom, four characters, in two of the world's largest cities, come face to face with most gruesome acts of torture and violence. The choices they make when they are most cornered in life, expose the blemished reality of contemporary world.


US: Uncut and MPAA Not rated for:
 v          Van Wilder: Freshman Year - 2009 USA comedy romance by Harvey Glazer (as Harv Glazer).

 X   Van Wilder: Freshman Year

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Van Wilder: Freshman Year is a 2009 USA comedy romance by Harvey Glazer (as Harv Glazer).
Starring Jonathan Bennett, Kristin Cavallari and Kurt Fuller. IMDb

Samoa: Banned in 2009
See article from . Listed as one of four films banned in 2009
UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

Promotional Material

In this prequel to the original, Van Wilder embarks on an epic crusade to land the campus hottie and liberate his school from sexual oppression and party dysfunction.
 v          Veere Di Wedding - 2018 India comedy by Shashanka Ghosh.

 X   Veere Di Wedding

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Veere Di Wedding is a 2018 India comedy by Shashanka Ghosh.
Starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar. IMDb

Pakistan: Banned in June 2018
A Bollywood chick flick titled Veere Di Wedding has been banned from airing in Pakistan, according to sources at the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC).

Images reports that CBFC Chairman Danyal Gilani said: Members of the board have unanimously decided to not allow the film for public exhibition in the cinemas as per Censorship of Film Code 1980.

According to the Economic Times , the film has been banned due to its vulgar language. An official of the Censor Board added that the film also contained objectionable sexual dialogue.

Summary Notes

Four girls on their way to find true love. However friendship this strong does have its consequences.


UK: The cinema release was passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex references, sex.
 v          Vishwaroopam - 2013 India crime action thriller by Kamal Hassan.

 X   Vishwaroopam

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Vishwaroopam is a 2013 India crime action thriller by Kamal Hassan.
With Kamal Hassan, Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah. YouTube icon IMDb

  • Banned.
  • Later unbanned after the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the National Censorship Board reviewed the movie. 16 dialogue cuts were required for approval.


  • Temporary court ban in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • The film was unbanned after cuts were made to appease muslim protests

Sri Lanka:

  • Temporary court ban pending censor review

In the UK the film has been passed 12A for cinema release after 11s of category cuts. The BBFC commented:

Company chose to remove two moments of bloody violence in order to obtain a 12A rating. An uncut 15 rating was available.

VISHWAROOPAM is a thriller in the Hindi and Tamil languages about a woman unsuspectingly married to one of India's top secret agents. It is rated 12A for moderate violence.

There are a number of fast-paced fights and shoot-outs. Although there are some heavy blows and bullet impacts, little is shown in terms of injury detail, with the focus instead placed on the spectacular and generally unrealistic fight choreography. For example, in one scene the hero uses a Japanese sword to defeat his attackers, cutting off one of their hands. There is no detail of this but the hand is briefly seen flying through the air.

VISHWAROOPAM also contains infrequent mild bad language and mild sex references. There is also some sight of hard drugs, but this occurs within a clear anti drug context.

Presumably the baddies are muslim terrorists and hence the complaints about negative depictions from the muslim community.

 v          WASP - 2015 UK / France / Switzerland / Lebanon drama by Philippe Audi-Dor.


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WASP is a 2015 UK / France / Switzerland / Lebanon drama by Philippe Audi-Dor.
Starring Hugo Bolton, Elly Condron and Simon Haycock. Youtube link IMDb

Lebanon: Banned from film festival in October 2015
Director Philippe Audi-Dor commented:

I am very disappointed that Wasp won't be screening at the renowned Beirut International Film Festival because of its LGBT content. That said, I do understand that the film touches upon a delicate subject, and do respect the censorship bureau's decision.

BBFC Insight about the sex content

A couple are seen having rear entry sex, with close up shots of flesh and facial expressions. There are also strong sex references, with dialogue relating to role-play sex and several frank conversations about sexuality and infidelity.

There is brief natural breast nudity as a woman changes her clothes in the company of another character.

Promotional Material

Having left England for a romantic escapade in the south of France, Olivier and James invite Caroline along at the very last minute. She was just left by her long-time boyfriend and is in need of a change of scenery. The trio arrives in a little Provencal village, somewhat cut off from the world. Though everything seems calm between the pool, sunshine and a village visit, Olivier finds himself more and more intrigued by Caroline. A tension of sexual jealousy and possessiveness will escalade between the three.


UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex, sex references for:
 v          Weekend - 2011 UK gay romance by Andrew Haigh.

 X   Weekend

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Weekend is a 2011 UK gay romance by Andrew Haigh.
Starring Tom Cullen, Chris New and Jonathan Race. IMDb

Italy: Banned across much of Italy in cinemas owned by the church. March 2016.
The Catholic Church in Italy has effectively banned Weekend , a movie by British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, by declaring it unfit to be shown in any of the theaters owned by the church.

In an unusual move that prompted accusations of homophobic censorship, the Italian Conference of Bishops' Film Evaluation Commission classified the film as not advised, unusable and scabrous (indecent or salacious). The Commission listed the film's principal themes as drugs and homosexuality.

The result, according to its distributor Teodora Film, was that the film was shunned by the more than 1,100 cinemas which are owned by the Church and make up the bulk of Italy's network of independent/arthouse theatres.

The large number of Italian cinemas owned by the Church are a legacy of the days when every parish had its own cinema and local priests controlled projections, regularly cutting sections of films they deemed unsuitable for parishioners. Most of these cinemas are now rented out to operators who do not have to be religious but do have to sign a contract which includes a clause agreeing to go along with the guidance issued by the bishops.

Summary Notes

On a Friday night after a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. That weekend, in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex, the two men get to know each other. It is a brief encounter that will resonate throughout their lives. Weekend is both an honest and unapologetic love story between two guys and a film about the universal struggle for an authentic life in all its forms. It is about the search for identity and the importance of making a passionate commitment to your life.


UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, sex references and hard drug use for:
 v          Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey - 2023 UK horror by Rhys Frake-Waterfield

 X   Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

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Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is a 2023 UK horror by Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Starring Nikolai Leon, Maria Taylor and Natasha Rose Mills BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release in the West but it was banned in Hong Kong presumably as President Xi Jinping is very sensitive to memes likening his gait and girth to that of Winnie the Pooh.
China: Banned in Hong Kong in March 2023

The screening of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, a British slasher film due to be released in Hong Kong this week, has been cancelled supposedly for technical reasons.

Chinese censors have in the frequently targeted the Winnie the Pooh character due to memes that compare the gait and girth of the bumbling bear to President Xi Jinping. The comparisons began in 2013 when Xi visited the US and met his then counterpart, Barack Obama, and some online commentators seized on their likeness to Pooh and Tigger.

Summary Notes

After Christopher Robin abandons them for college, Pooh and Piglet embark on a bloody rampage as they search for a new source of food.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, gory images, threat:
  • 2023 Altitude Film Distribution (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 17th April 2023
  • 2023 Altitude Film Distribution R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 17th April 2023
 v   The Wolf of Wall Street - 2013 USA crime comedy biography by Martin Scorsese.

 X   The Wolf of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 USA crime comedy biography by Martin Scorsese.
With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie. YouTube icon IMDb

Cambodia: Banned
Banned by the Cambodian government citing the film's liberal use of expletives

India : Cut by 6 Minutes

India's films censors have cut 6 minutes from Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. A source from one of the multiplex chains showing the movie said Indian audiences will be denied visuals of frontal female nudity, intercourse and masturbation as well as the dialogue, All nuns are lesbian . These cuts, amounting to a little over 6 minutes, bring down the movie's running time from 180 minutes to 174 minutes.

Three scenes were cut: a gay orgy, co-star Jonah Hill's public masturbation sequence and the opening scene of the film that features DiCaprio blowing cocaine into a woman's derriere using a straw.

Also, the expression "all nuns are lesbians" was blacked out because of a guideline stating that all religions should be respected.

The Indian release will also include an anti-smoking disclaimer, which is now mandatory for any film that features cigarettes.

Kenya : Banned

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned the sale, exhibition and distribution of a Hollywood film The Wolf of Wall Street for extreme scenes of nudity.

When contacted, the board's communications office said the film has been restricted due to elements that include nudity, sex, alcohol, drugs and profanity.

Lebanon : One cut

Lebanon was set to take the cut Indian Version. However, the Lebanese distributor relented because of pressure from moviegoers and is only cutting the gay orgy scene.

Malaysia: Self censored:

Cinemas give up without even submitting it to the censor. Exhibitors saw the film, they realised there was no way they could get away with screening it in the country, due to the drugs, nudity, profanity.

Nepal: Banned

The Nepal Censor Board has decided to ban the film completely, forcing local distributors to apologize to their customers who had been waiting to see the movie. The censor chairman Umakanta Parajuli said that the film was banned:

Due to Vulgarity. Nepal is orthodox regarding vulgarity.

Singapore: Cut by 4 minutes and still R21 rated.

Singapore authorities had said they were cutting several scenes, including one featuring DiCaprio having sex with a flight attendant.

Fans are calling for a total boycott of the version of the film cut by 4 minutes by the local censors. Movie goers want to be able to watch the original uncensored version.

The R21 rating restrictions the film to down town cinemas and bans showing it at suburban complexes

UAE: Cut by 45 minutes

Newspapers have reported that movie goers have been walking out of UAE showings after 45 minutes of cuts rendered the movie incomprehensible. UAE film censors say a massively pre-cut version prepared for the whole region may have been slightly less cut if edited for UAE alone.

US: Cut to avoid an NC-17 rating

According to what could just be press hype, it is reported that Scorsese had to trim sex and nudity to prevent the film being slapped with an NC-17.

The film ended up rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence.

It has been reported that the Theatrical version will become the definitive and that the cuts are unlikely ever to be restored to an Unrated Version or Director's Cut.

Zimbabwe: Banned

IMDb reports that the film has been banned in Zimbabwe.

Summary Notes

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.


UK: Passed 18 uncut for very strong language, strong sex, hard drug use for:
 v          Wonder Woman - 2017 USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by Patty Jenkins.

 X   Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman is a 2017 USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by Patty Jenkins.
Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright. IMDb

Banned in Lebanon and Malaysia because of the Israeli lead actress.
Lebanon: Banned in May 2017
Lebanon, which is officially still at war with Israel, has banned Wonder Woman from showing in the country's cinemas because the film's lead actress, Gal Gadot, is Israeli.

Lebanon's Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere in Lebanon. The film had been promoted around Lebanon and had been awarded a film certificate from the country's film censor. But a protest movement called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon pressured the government into banning the film, describing it as the Israeli Soldier film.

Malaysia: Banned in 2017

Banned by Warner Malaysia prior to its premiere and the official release on the account of the film's leading star Gal Gadot's service in the Israeli Army. Passed uncut for home video.

Qatar: Banned

IMDb notes the film was banned in Qatar citing similar concern to that of Lebanon.

Tunisia: Temporarily banned

IMDb notes the film was temporarily banned in Tunisia citing similar concern to that of Lebanon/

Summary Notes

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.


UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence for:
 v          Yes and Yes - 2014 Russia drama by Valeriya Gay Germanika.

 X   Yes and Yes

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  • Da i Da
Yes and Yes is a 2014 Russia drama by Valeriya Gay Germanika.
Starring Vladimir Dubosarsky, Aleksandr Gorchilin and Agniya Kuznetsova. IMDb
Russia : Banned in July 2014
Russia's new anti-obscenity law, that came into force on 1st July, has forced Vologda's VOICES Film Festival to pull its screening of Valeria Gai Germanika's Yes and Yes (Da i Da) .

However, the extensive use of strong language means that the film's producers have not been able to obtain a distribution certificate to release the film in Russian cinemas. Under the new legislation, films containing foul language will be banned from general release.


Actress Agniya Kuznetsova plays an inquisitive girl from the outskirts of Moscow, embarking on a coming-of-age adventure in the city's bohemian art community.

 v          Zack and Miri Make a Porno - 2008 USA comedy romance by Kevin Smith.

 X   Zack and Miri Make a Porno

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  • Zack and Miri
Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a 2008 USA comedy romance by Kevin Smith.
Starring Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Robinson. IMDb
Malaysia: Banned
Thailand: Banned
Trinidad and Tobago: Banned

US: Cut

The film was submitted to the MPAA and received an NC-17 rating. The producers made cuts hoping for an R rating but again received an NC-17 rating. The film makers won an appeal and this second submission was downrated to R.

The movie's original poster was deemed too explicit by the MPAA, and was banned in the U.S., because it suggested the characters on the posters are engaging in oral sex. It featured two separate images of Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, who are fully clothed, and the back of the actors' heads close to each other's crotch.

A few cinemas in Utah also took it on themselves to refuse to play the movie

Summary Notes

Zack and Miri are two lifelong platonic friends who make an adult film to pay the rent of their apartment. With their friend Delaney, the couple set out for auditionees for their porn film, but in the process of filming, they realize they feel more for each other than they had before.


UK: Passed 18 uncut for very strong language and sex references and strong sex: US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
 v          Zindagi Tamasha - 2019 Pakistan drama by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat.

 X   Zindagi Tamasha

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  • Circus of Life
Zindagi Tamasha is a 2019 Pakistan drama by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat.
Starring Arif Hassan, Ali Kureshi and Samiya Mumtaz. IMDb
Banned in Pakistan for supposed blasphemy.

Pakistan: Banned in January 2020

The film was banned in January 2020 over fears of blasphemy but the ban was overruled in July 2020 by Pakistan's Senate Committee for Human Rights. The film was banned after workers of the hardline Islamist political party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) vowed to hold a countrywide protest against its screening.

The film gained further prominence in early 2021 after it was nominated for the Best International Feature Oscar.

Summary Notes

A devout Muslim who writes composes, and even records hymns praising the Prophet, Muhammad Rahat Khawaja is a respected elderly man who works in real estate and takes care of his bedridden wife. One day, he attends the wedding of a friend's son, where he inadvertently shows off a dance in front of his friends and family. His dance gets recorded and then uploaded to all social media platforms, which then also gets broadcasted on television. And the chaos begins to ensue in his quiet life.

 v          Zoolander - 2001 Germany / USA comedy by Ben Stiller.

 X   Zoolander

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  • Derek Zoolander
Zoolander is a 2001 Germany / USA comedy by Ben Stiller.
Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Christine Taylor. Youtube link IMDb
Originally R rated by the MPAA but the film was cut, and after an appeal achieved a PG-13 rating. This version has been distributed worldwide since. There is an alternative version of the titles though. 12/12A rated by the BBFC for all UK releases. The film was banned in Malaysia, Iran, and also banned for a while in Singapore.
Iran: Banned
The film censor banned the film claiming the colourful setting was a little but too camp and so banned the film for being gay.

Malaysia: Banned in 2001

The film was banned by the film censors who took offense at a joke about killing the country's prime minister

A version was prepared for Asian release that replaced references to Malaysia were replaced with Micronesa. However this was not enough to placate the Malaysian film censors who banned the film.

Singapore: Unbanned in 2006

Unbanned in 2006 but still given a high age restriction, NC-16

Singapore : Banned in 2001

The film was banned in 2001 in sympathy with its neighbour Malaysia being the butt of jokes. Singapore censors also cited the films emphasis on drugs when justifying the ban.

US: Cut for a PG-13 rating

Originally R rated by the MPAA, but the film was subsequently cut, and after an appeal achieved a PG-13 rating. This version has been distributed worldwide since.

Summary Notes

Derek Zoolander is VH1's three time male model of the year, but when Hansel wins the award instead, Zoolander's world becomes upside down. His friends disappear, his father is disappointed in him, and he feels that he's not good as a model anymore. But when evil fashion guru Mugatu hires Zoolander, he thinks his life has turned back round again, that is until he finds out that Mugatu has actually brainwashed him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Can Zoolander and his new friends find out how to prevent the incident before it's too late?


UK: The cut US PG-13 version was passed 12A/12 for moderate bad language, drug and sex references without further BBFC cuts for:

US: Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and drug references for:

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