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British film board bans sale of Japanese horror movie

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Thanks god they didn't ban Hostel (1 & 2), THAT movies have a deep plot...

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I just watched it.

It is, without a doubt, the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in my life. I feel violated in the sense that nothing can shock me anymore - only, perhaps, the same thing non-fiction.

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[Sounds terrible but surely a ban just makes many (including posters here!) want to watch it even more!] -- Not me. I don't even like mild horror movies. This is just sick and anyone that was involved in the production of such a disgusting film should be caned 100 lashes. We don't need this crap destroying our humanity. Let's stick to porn. At least they are involved in natural acts in most of the movies.

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I watched it last night.....it is rubbish! The Japanese is easy to understand though....

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I have found that a lot of those so-call horror movies are not scary at all. They are more of gross than scary. Of course, a sudden loud noise will always startle people, but that cannot be classified as being scared. IMO, a good horror film will need to create the atmosphere that the hairs of the audiences will stand on their ends without even displaying any gross/special make-up scene. So far, in recent years, I have seen none and I have watched a lot of horror movies. Way too many that I think I am desensitized. Some of them are so boring that I actually felt asleep while watching them.

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I'm not for censorship, but this movie certainly doesn't sound like something ANYONE should want to see. Why was it made? What purpose does it serve? Entertainment media is meant to be just that -- entertainment. Who in the world finds entertainment in brutal torture and rape? Horror movies are supposed to scare you, boost your adrenaline; not make you sick to your stomach and leave you feeling like you'll never be clean again. Movies like "Saw" and "Hostel" are bad enough; why do these things keep getting funded? These filmmakers have every right to make their films, but nobody has the obligation to fund, distribute, or publicize them.

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So did they ban the movie "Saw"? that was pretty gruesome. Personally I doubt I'd watch this but I do find it odd that Britain has this degree of censorship.

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British ban japanese horror movie. British banned also banned many others stuffs from japan during the British empire days. Lack of income from exports,started WW2.

1 japanese horror movie ban,does really affect Japan's income unless they ban many japanese movies.

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Glad to see the government is taking personal choice away there.

FYI, the BBFC isn't a government organisation, it is an independent body.

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Go into any suburban video shop in Japan and you will see worse movies than this sitting on the shelves...rape movies, torture and "real death" documentaries all seem to be popular judging by how many are on display. The Brits made the right decision.

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No graphic mutilation rape please, we're British

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In recent years the British film censors have become extremely broad-minded. Almost nothing is banned completely, and even mainstream cinemas show real, graphic sex (ever seen "9 Songs" ?) But I'm glad to see that this sort of violence is still beyond the pale. I've always found it weird that in places like the USA, an onscreen nipple is disgusting and immoral, whereas extreme violence is ok. And in Japan, soft porn is masked behind a mosaic, but grotesque gore is just fine. Good to see Blighty gets things the right way round in this respect.

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"Eviscerific!" -- Leonard Maltin

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presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism,”

Disillusioned, that sounds like the prospects for the female workforce in Japan

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http://www.theonion.com/content/news/japan_pledges_to_halt_production

If only

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The board said the movie’s nonstop scenes of torture—including amputation, eye-gouging, castration and evisceration

I wonder how many spotty British teens jumped on BitTorrent as soon as they read that...

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Japan should appeal this decision, why not send one of these "Ambassadors of Cute" over the UK to sort the Brits out.

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You just have, now if only you could post your contact details :)

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Not my cup of tea. I prefer sex to violence, myself. Can I say that here?

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wtf, why can Japan make this kind of movie but video games with exploding heads and limbs and excessive blood get banned?!

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“‘Grotesque’ features minimal narrative or character development and presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism,” the board said in a statement.

Welcome to Japan, the land of kiddy porn, weird fetish comics and films like this.

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Glad to see the government is taking personal choice away there.

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presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism,”

That sounds pretty right for a Japanese film. Video games are the same. nothing wrong with this culture.

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USNinJapan2: LOL (so true!)

The Kano sisters really are grotesque, though...

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you will be able to download it from the net about 3 days after the DVD is on sale. Who would buy movies these days?

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It’s art! LOL How can you censor art?

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Sarge

Are the Kano sisters in this?

No. Only biodegradable actors were used...

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These films are just like med school practicals - the first time you feel faint and queasy, but after a while you're taking a bucket of KFC into the theater.

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"Grotesque"

Are the Kano sisters in this?

And is that the original title?

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You bring the popcorn, I'll bring the barf bags.

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Assuming this is fictionalized depictions of torture, i.e. no one is actually being tortured, then slap it with the most restrictive rating and be done with it. This is censorship.

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I saw the Japanese dissection torture movie GUINEA PIG while in University. I couldn't get through it and had to turn it off after about 15 minutes. I suppose this is along the same lines. i couldn't see a point but my understanding is these are made on low budgets and when one hits, the producers can cash in. I'm sure this ban only translates to increased sales for the producers.

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Most of it sounds like a good Japanese cultural movie.

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I predict a spike in BT traffic for this movie to Britain! It's not exactly easy to ban something these days.

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Plenty of product placement opportunities for Makita here.

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Sounds terrible but surely a ban just makes many (including posters here!) want to watch it even more!

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Awesome

time to buy a few and stick them on ebay :D

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That's the power of Japanese horror movie they are having less offensive nor horror scene compare to the western movies but they can cause severe horrifying effect.

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Is it a Miike film?LOL

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Censorship... will it ever stop? If you don't want to see it, DON'T WATCH IT!!!!!! As for my freedoms, Don't tread on me.

Now where to get this movie...

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http://www.nipponcinema.com/blog/grotesque_brings_nsfw_to_a_whole_new_level/

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Well done. japan keep your perversions to yourself. Us British do not want to be corrupted by filth like this.

We like deceny qnd class; ie The Carry On Series etc...

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Classic. Land Of The Rising sadism. Salaryman's delight ..... shame as not everyone here is a salaryman otaku

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Anyone seen this movie? Has it sold well here in Japan?

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If they started filming the daily reality in Japan, they might ban it as well.

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