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'Fifty Shades of Grey' gets R-18 rating in the Philippines

Saturday, February 7, 2015 | Rappler

Screengrab from YouTube

Screengrab from YouTube

 Fifty Shades of Grey will be released in Philippine cinemas on February 11. It has been given the R-18 rating, according to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). 

"We just released minutes ago the permit to exhibit the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, with a rating of R-18, with certain requirements for the information and welfare of the viewing public.

As viewed by our Review Committee, no cuts. We noted, however, that the film producer already introduced some measures of self-regulation into the film prior to review," said Toto Villareal, chairman of the MTRCB, in a text message to Rappler sent Thursday, February 5.

However, some fans may be disappointed as the film that was reviewed by the board does include blurs and screen blocks.

To address the sensitivities with regard to the sex scenes in the movie, "there is also the requirement to flash a ten-second disclaimer and notice at the start of every showing," he said. 

Here's part of the disclaimer: 

"This movie was classified as is and in its entirety with noticeable BLURS and SCREEN BLOCKS introduced by the film producer prior to its submission for review.

Villareal further clarified this at the Pinoy Media Congress Thursday, February 5. "Therefore, when our review committee saw the movie yesterday, may mga blurs namay mga itim-itim na doon na spots covering yung mga dapat ma-cover."

(There were blurs, there were black spots covering what should be covered.)

"We’d just like to make it clear na hindi kami ang nag-introduce doon, becauseang policy po namin ay classification at hindi censorship. However, we appreciate of course this act of self-regulation on the part of Columbia Pictures."

(We'd just like to make it clear that we weren't the ones who introduced this, because our policy is classification and not censorship.)

The disclaimer also goes on to say this: The public is advised of some scenes of nudity, strong and/or sexual language, and sexual aberrational behavior with elements of bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism."

"Being R-18, no minors shall be allowed to view the movie," concluded Villareal via text. 

RAUNCHY SCENES. Ana learns what Christian likes in 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' Screengrab from YouTube

RAUNCHY SCENES. Ana learns what Christian likes in 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' Screengrab from YouTube

The film, adapted from E.L James’s 2011 bestselling novels, contains a number of sex scenes as the nature of the story is focused on a sexual relationship between CEO Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.

An R-18 rating, according to the MTRCB, only allows admission to viewers 18 years old and above. Viewers and parents are advised that the film may contain “themes, language, violence, nudity, sex, horror, and drugs that may not be suitable for children below eighteen (18) years of age.”

The film has already released two trailers and several full scene clips. It will premiere in the Philippines on February 11. – Rappler.com


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