Arts • 03 Jan, 2017
VIETNAM CINEMAS TO ALLOW ONSCREEN SEX, VIOLENCE & PROFANITY
New Rating System To Be Adopted in 2017
Cinema-goers in Vietnam, frustrated by the country’s censorship of adult content, will from this year breathe a sigh of relief when the country adopts a new rating system including four categories; (P) for general audiences, and a series of aged-based rankings C13, C16 and C18.
Officials will classify films based on horror, profanity, violence, nudity and sex, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and will also consider a film’s drug-related content. In all cases, if it deems the content to be gratuitous, it will remain censored.
(P) category films will not contain any horrific, violent or sexual content and nor will they make reference to drug use or production.
In February 2015, local censors struggled to cut the erotic thriller 50 Fifty Shades of Grey, unexpectedly cancelling all planned screenings in CGV cinemas, who had purchased the local distribution rights. Once it had been re-cut to ‘suit the masses’ cinema-goers left theatres puzzled by an erotic-thriller with no sex scenes.
The Jury is still out on whether the new classifications will stop some of our favourite films from being hacked to death.
Words by JA