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Link Here 22nd January 2023
Should cinemas sell advance tickets if they don't know the age rating yet?

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Malaysia's film censor is set to introduce new age ratings...


Link Here 18th January 2023
Full story: Censored Films in Malaysia...Film censors and censorship
Malaysia's Film Censorship Board (LPF) has announced that will implement a new ratings system beginning from February 1 2023.

The old system, running since January 2012, consists of the following ratings:

  • U or Umum for films that can be seen for all ages
  • P13 for films requiring parental supervision
  • 18 for films deemed to contain violent, political or mature content

Now from February the P13 rating will be replaced by strict age ratings of 12 and 16. The parental supervision option will no longer be available. SO the new system will be6

  • U or Umum for films that can be seen for all ages
  • 12 for viewers aged 12 or over
  • 12 for viewers aged 16 or over
  • 18 for films deemed to contain violent, political or mature content

The changes are reported to be a response to requests from local movie producers. Director Bade Azmi was one of the voices calling upon the agency to make changes, citing his experience working on the film KL Menjerit , where significant story details were removed. He explained:

Illegal racing and accident scenes had been cut out. But this movie is about illegal street racers. If you take out the racing scenes, I have no story to tell.



How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord...

Australia's film censorship board bans first film of 2023

Link Here10th January 2023
Full story: Banned Films in Australia...I Want Your Love
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord is a 2018 Japan animation comedy
Starring Masaaki Mizunaka, Yű Serizawa and Azumi Waki IMDb

An elite player is summoned by two maidens to save a fantasy game.

The Australian Censorship Board has banned its first film of 2023. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord: Season 2 was banned without providing a reason as is frequently the case for these rather transparency challenged censors. The mostly likely explanation is the indeterminate, but young looking, ages of cartoon characters in a sexual context.



Updated: No Joyland...

Pakistan government bans and then unbans film about trans romance, then Punjab re-bans the film

Link Here30th November 2022
Full story: Banned Films in Pakistan...Sensitive issues of image and religion
Joyland is a 2022 Pakistan drama by Saim Sadiq
Starring Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani and Ali Junejo IMDb

As the happily patriarchal Rana family craves for the birth of a baby boy, the youngest of the Rana men secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and finds himself falling for a fiercely ambitious trans starlet. Their impossible love story slowly illuminates the entire Rana family's...

Alina Khan, who stars in Joyland, the first major Pakistani film to feature a trans actor in a lead role, said:

I've been very sad. There's nothing against Islam and I don't understand how Islam can get endangered by mere films.

Joyland, which is Pakistan's contender at the Oscars, was set to go on national release, but was banned following pressure from hardline Islamic groups who called the film repugnant.

Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, a senator in the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, called Joyland cultural terrorism and criticised the government for the shameless act of allowing its release:

 I condemn it and will use every legal step to stop Joyland's release. Glamourising transgenders in Pakistan, as well as their love affairs, is a direct attack on our beliefs.

Cancelling the film's licence, which puts its Oscars' contention in doubt, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, said:

Written complaints were received that the film contains highly objectionable material which do not conform with the social values and moral standards of our society and is clearly repugnant to the norms of 'decency and morality' as laid down in Section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979.

Joyland has been hailed on the festival circuit. It was the first Pakistani film to be selected as an official entry at Cannes in May, winning two festival awards and receiving a standing ovation in a packed Salle Debussy theatre.

Update: Unbanned after cuts

21st November 2022. See article from

Pakistani film Joyland has been unbanned by the censor board of Pakistan after making several scenes were cut.

The full censor board has allowed the local screening of Joyland. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif formed a cabinet committee to look into the matter after some schools of thought had objected to the movie.

Update: Re-banned in Punjab

30th November 2022. See article from

Less than 24 hours after the national government's decision to unban Joyland, the Punjab government blocked the film's release in the province.

The Punjab Information and Culture Department explained that the Punjab government decided to re-call Joyland in the wake of persistent complaints received from different quarters.


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