Film Censorship: Bondage Mansion (2001)


 

 

 

 

Bondage Mansion

aka Vanilla Series: Bondage Mansion

Produced by Shiyuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki / 2001 / Japan / IMDb

Siren Visual had a DVD of BONDAGE MANSION rated R18+ (High level animated sex scenes and themes) in April 2008. It was released as part of the Siren Hentai Collection in June 2008.

 

 

Bob Debus calls for a review of the rating

On July 23 2008, it was announced that Bob Debus, the Minister for Home Affairs, had called for BONDAGE MANSION, and three other hentai DVDs to be looked at by the Classification Review Board.

See our entry for HOLY VIRGINS for more background information regarding this case.

 

Australian Government
Classification Review Board
23 July 2008
MEDIA RELEASE

Review announced for the anime films Classes in Seduction, T & A Teacher, Holy Virgins and Bondage Mansion

The Classification Review Board has received four applications to review the classification of the anime films Classes in Seduction, T & A Teacher, Holy Virgins and Bondage Mansion.

Classes in Seduction was classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes’ by the Classification Board on 1 May 2007.

T & A Teacher was classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes, Violence’ by the Classification Board on 21 February 2008.

Holy Virgins was classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes’ by the Classification Board on 11 March 2008.

Bondage Mansion was classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes and themes’ by the Classification Board on 9 April 2008.

The reviews are in response to applications from the Minister for Home Affairs. Under the Commonwealth Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the Minister for Home Affairs may make an application for a review at any time.

The Classification Review Board will meet on Wednesday 30 July 2008 to consider the applications.

The Classification Review Board has invited the Australian Family Association and the NSW Council for Civil Liberties to apply for standing as interested parties at the reviews.

The Classification Review Board’s decisions and reasons for its decisions will appear on the Classification website once the reviews have been finalised.

The Classification Review Board is an independent merits review body. Meeting in camera, it makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. The Classification Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.

 

 

False report of BONDAGE MANSION being banned

The Review Board met on July 30, 2008 to consider the ratings of the four hentai titles. No result appeared on that day; however, on August 1st the following media release appeared on the Classification Board's site, though by the end of the day it had gone.

Australian Government
Classification Review Board
30 July 2008
MEDIA RELEASE

Four anime films classified upon review A six-member panel of the Classification Review Board convened today to classify four anime films.

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision determined that the film T & A Teacher is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes and sexualised violence’.

The Classification Review Board unanimously determined that the film Classes in Seduction is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes’.

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision determined that the film Bondage Mansion is classified RC (Refused Classification).

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision that the film Holy Virgins is classified RC (Refused Classification).

In the Classification Review Board’s opinion, T & A Teacher and Classes in Seduction both warrant an R 18+ classification because while the sex scenes have a high level of impact, the Classification Review Board Convenor, Maureen Shelley said “the anime genre and the fact that the characters appear 18 or older means the film can be accommodated in this legally restricted category”.

With regards to the RC classifications of Holy Virgins and Bondage Mansion, the Convenor said that “Holy Virgins was refused classification because of the sexual depictions of characters who appear to be under 18. Similarly, Bondage Mansion is RC because of a trailer depicting a character, who appears to be under 18, engaged in an explicit sexual act and there is no context for this depiction.”

Films classified R 18+ are legally restricted to adults. Persons aged under 18 years cannot be admitted to films classified R 18+. Some material classified R 18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. Films that are classified RC are immediately banned throughout Australia. They cannot be sold, hired or imported into the country.

The reviews were in response to four applications from the Minister for Home Affairs to review the R 18+ classifications given to each of the four anime films by the Classification Board.

In reviewing the classification, the Classification Review Board worked within the framework of the National Classification Scheme, applying the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games.

The Classification Review Board is an independent merits review body. Meeting in camera, it makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. This Classification Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.

The Classification Review Board’s reasons for this decision will appear on the Classification website when finalised.

 

 

BONDAGE MANSION not banned after all

The July 30th media release that disappeared on August 1st stated that BONDAGE MANSION had been banned. However, on August 13th 2008 the following media release appeared on the censor's website.

Australian Government
Classification Review Board
13 August 2008
MEDIA RELEASE

Four anime films classified upon review

On 13 August 2008, a three-member panel of the Classification Review Board unanimously determined that the film Bondage Mansion is classified R 18+, with the consumer advice, 'High level animated sex scenes and themes.

' In the Classification Review Board’s opinion, Bondage Mansion warrants an R 18+ classification because while the sex scenes have a high level of impact, the Classification Review Board Convenor, Maureen Shelley said “the anime genre and that the characters appear 18 or older means the film can be accommodated in this legally restricted category. However, the connection between sexual activity and the themes remains a concern. Restricting this material to adult audiences will ensure that children under 18 will not legally have access to the material”.

Films classified R 18+ are legally restricted to adults. Persons aged under 18 years cannot be admitted to films classified R 18+. Some material classified R 18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community.

A six-member panel of the Classification Review Board convened on 30 July 2008 to classify three anime films.

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision determined that the film T & A Teacher is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes and sexualised violence’.

The Classification Review Board unanimously determined that the film Classes in Seduction is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes’. Similarly, the high level animated sex scenes means that this film, while having a high impact, can be accommodated to a restricted category that cannot legally be accessed by people under the age of 18. “The Review Board noted the high level theme of sexual induction of students by teachers,” Ms Shelley said. “Whilst themes with a high impact can be accommodated in the R18+ category, it is important that minors do not have legal access to material that may be disturbing to them. The classification does not indicate approval of the theme but that in an animated feature, adults should have the mature perspective required to evaluate the scenes depicted.”

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision determined that the film Holy Virgins is classified RC (Refused Classification).

With regards to the RC classification of Holy Virgins, the Convenor said that “Holy Virgins was refused classification because of the sexual depictions of characters who appear to be under 18.” Films that are classified RC are immediately banned throughout Australia. They cannot be sold, hired or imported into the country.

The reviews were in response to four applications from the Minister for Home Affairs to review the R 18+ classifications given to each of the four anime films by the Classification Board.

In reviewing the classification, the Classification Review Board worked within the framework of the National Classification Scheme, applying the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games.

The Classification Review Board is an independent merits review body. Meeting in camera, it makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. This Classification Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.

The Classification Review Board’s reasons for these decisions will appear on the Classification website when finalised.

 

 

Review Board explains the R18+ rating

The full Review Board report was released soon after, and explained the reasons for the R18+ and RC confusion.

Australian Government
Classification Review Board
6 August 2008
23-33 MARY STREET
SURRY HILLS, NSW

MEMBERS: Ms Maureen Shelley (Convenor) The Hon Trevor Griffin (Deputy Convenor) Ms Ann Stark

APPLICANT The Hon Robert Debus, Minister for Home Affairs

INTERESTED PARTIES Australian Family Association (AFA) represented by Ms Angela Conway and Mr Damien Tudehope; and NSW Council for Civil Liberties (NSW CCL) represented by Mr Stephen Blanks and Dr Brent Waters

BUSINESS To review the Classification Board’s decision to classify the film Bondage Mansion R 18+ with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes and themes’.

DECISION AND REASONS FOR DECISION

1. Decision
The Classification Review Board (the Review Board) classified the film R 18+ with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes and themes’.

2. Legislative provisions
The Classification (Publications, Film and Computer Games) Act 1995 (the Act) governs the classification of films and the review of classification decisions. Section 9 provides that films are to be classified in accordance with the National Classification Code (the Code) and the classification guidelines.

Relevantly, the Code in paragraph 5 of the Table under the heading ‘Films’ provides that:

Films that:

(a) depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified; or

(b) describe or depict in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult, a person who is, or appears to be , a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not); or

(c) promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence, are to be classified ‘RC’, and Films (except RC films and X 18+ films) that are unsuitable for a minor to see are to be classified R 18+.

The Code also sets out various principles to which classification decisions should give effect, as far as possible.

Section 11 of the Act requires that the matters to be taken into account in making a decision on the classification of a film include:

(a) the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults; and

(b) the literary, artistic or educational merit (if any) of the film; and

(c) the general character of the film, including whether it is of a medical, legal or scientific character; and

(d) the persons or class of persons to or amongst whom it is published or is intended or likely to be published.

Three essential principles underlie the use of the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2005 (the Guidelines), determined under s 12 of the Act:

· the importance of context

· the assessment of impact, and

· the six classifiable elements – themes, violence, sex, language, drug use and nudity.

3. Procedure

Prior to the review meeting, the Convenor determined that given the provision of Regulation 21 (2) (d) the application was of sufficient complexity that a decision would be not likely to be completed within 20 business days as more than one application of a similar nature had been received at the one time and that the Convenor had agreed to hear submissions from interested parties namely the NSW CCL and the AFA.

The Review Board met on 30 July 2008 in response to the receipt of an application from the Minister for Home Affairs on 18 July 2008 to determine its validity.

The Review Board determined that it had received a valid application from the Minister and noted the Convenor’s decision regarding the complexity of the application and that it would be likely to be processed within 40 business days.

The Minister had advised in writing on 18 July that he would not be making written or oral submissions on the application for review. The original applicant made an undated written submission received by the Convenor on 25 July 2008 and distributed to the Review Board prior to the review meeting.

Six members of the Review Board viewed the film prior to the meeting on 30 July 2008. Arrangements were made for the NSW CCL and the AFA to view the film prior to the meeting on 30 July 2008.

The Review Board heard oral submissions from Dr Brent Waters and Mr Stephen Blanks representing the NSW CCL and from Mr Damien Tudehope and Ms Angela Conway from the AFA. No written submissions were made by the NSW CCL or the AFA.

It was found that the DVD submitted to the Review Board was not the same as that submitted to the Classification Board in that it contained trailers and extra material.

Mr Griffin, Ms Stark and Ms Shelley met on 6 August as a three-member panel of the Review Board to consider the matter including viewing Episode I again. The Review Board deterimed that the film is classified R18+ subject to confirmation from the Convenor that Episode II was the same as viewed by the panel prior to 30 July. Following this meeting, the Convenor reviewed Episode II of the film and confirmed it was the same as viewed by all members prior to the 30 July meeting.

Mr Griffin, Ms Stark and the Convenor held a teleconference on the matter on 13 August 2008 where they discussed the material further and commenced drafting the reasons for decision.

4. Evidence and other material taken into account

In reaching its decision the Review Board had regard to the following:

(i) The Minister’s application for review

(ii) The original applicant’s written submissions

(iii) The oral submissions from the NSW CCL and the AFA

(iv) the relevant provisions in the Act, the Code and the Guidelines, and

(v) the Classification Board’s report

5. Synopsis

A young female and male live in the mansion owned by the young man’s father. The father on his death bed extracts a promise from his son that he will contact his cousin and invite him to live at the mansion. The cousin proposes a three month trial where the cousin who sexually satisfies the young female the most will win her, the mansion and the family fortune. The son is at first reluctant to agree but the young female persuades him. The sexual depictions involving bondage become more explicit as time passes. The son dies during one sexual act, the cousin kicks his dead body, the young female is depicted with twin sons one with blond and the other with black hair and the mansion is crumbling.

6. Findings on material questions of fact

The Review Board found that the film contains aspects or scenes of importance under various classifiable elements:

(a) Themes – the theme of coercion in regard to sex is depicted as is bondage fantasies in considerable detail.

(b) Violence – there are some scenes of violence, apart from the sexualised violence in the film, including shooting of birds with wound and blood detail and the shooting of one of the male characters with blood detail and the kicking of the body of a deceased male character. The impact of these scenes, in the context of a bondage fantasy animated feature, is high.

(c) Language – there is some use of coarse language in the film.

(d) Sex – Various scenes of sexual activity are depicted including digital vaginal stimulation, fellatio, cunnilingus, penile rear entry vaginal penetration, penile anal penetration, digital anal penetration, penile frontal vaginal penetration, fetishes and other sexual practices such as the use of hot wax and slings, a “scold’s bridle”, hand restraints, whipping, vaginal penetration using implements including a battery operated dildo and the handle of a sickle, threesomes, and sexual intercourse in the presence of others including male and female servants being ordered to watch sexual activity.

The depiction of sex scenes with the sickle at 1 and 2 mins of Episode II was noted. The tool has a sharpened edge, glints in the light, is depicted as having a thick, long handle and is used by a slightly menacing character (referred to as the caretaker) to sexually stimulate the lady of the family. The scenes contain some sense of menace although the female is depicted in appearance and through voice over as consenting to the activity from which she appears to derive pleasure.

The lady is shown as remembering the scene and feeling some remorse.

(e) Drug Use – there is limited depictions of drug use in the film. The blond “villain” of the piece is depicted as a smoker.

(f) Nudity – there is full and partial front and rear nudity of male and female characters mostly in sexual settings. One scene depicts the “lady of the family” sitting before a basin with legs spread with partial frontal female nudity of the pubic area.

7. Reasons for the decision

The Review Board noted the conflicting submissions of the NSW CCL and the AFA in regard to the classification of the film and took into account the views expressed.

The submission of the NSW CCL did not provide much assistance to the Review Board given that much of it related to a comparative assessment of films classified 12 years earlier or relied on community standards pertaining to a period during the last century. Mr Blanks remarks in relation to the application of the guidelines were of assistance.

The Review Board noted the offence taken by the representatives of the AFA regarding the content of the film in relation to the bondage theme, the cumulative impact of the scenes and the sexualised violence depicted, and the sense of menace in the “sickle” scenes.

The Review Board also noted the Classification Board’s reasons for allowing the film to be accommodated within the R 18+ classification.

The Review Board determined that the impact of the film, while high, was greatly minimised by the animated character of the film, its likely audience, the genre and the stylisation of the genre that impacts on the visuals, and the very unrealistic plot line. The Review Board concluded that the film would, nonetheless, be very likely to be offensive to some adults.

The Review Board noted the principles contained in the Code that adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want, that minors should be protected from material likely to harm or disturb them, and the need to take account of community concerns about depictions that condone or incite violence, particularly sexual violence; and the portrayal of persons in a demeaning manner.

It may be the view of some adults that the characters are portrayed in a demeaning manner however, it was the Review Board’s determination that the portrayal of the male and female characters – while offensive to some – was not demeaning in terms of the definition within the Guidelines.

In regard to the community’s concern regarding sexual violence, as articulated by the AFA, the Review Board determined that the depictions – while offensive to some – were not such that the film should be refused classification. Should the film have contained the same content and been a live action film, with real people, then such a film may be refused classification.

However, the animation and the anime genre remarkably diminish both the impact and the realism of the violence, sexualised violence and the sexual activity in the film. The Review Board agreed that there may be animated films with similar content that may be refused classification but it was the unanimous determination of the panel that this was not one of them.

An R 18+ classification is a legally restrictive classification that should prevent minors from seeing the film, and allow adults who want to see such a film to do so. The DVD cover, while explicit, is of a standard that is generally accepted for R 18+ films and those who did not wish to view such a film would be protected from seeing the depictions contained therein by the visual cues given on the DVD cover.

8. Summary

The film is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice high level animated sex scenes and themes.

 

 

RC and R18+ confusion explaned

The July 30th media release stated that a six-member panel of the Classification Review Board had found that:

"Bondage Mansion is RC because of a trailer depicting a character, who appears to be under 18, engaged in an explicit sexual act and there is no context for this depiction.”

While the August 13th media release stated that a three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has found that:

".....Bondage Mansion is classified R 18+, with the consumer advice, 'High level animated sex scenes and themes.

' In the Classification Review Board’s opinion, Bondage Mansion warrants an R 18+ classification because while the sex scenes have a high level of impact, the Classification Review Board Convenor, Maureen Shelley said “the anime genre and that the characters appear 18 or older means the film can be accommodated in this legally restricted category. However, the connection between sexual activity and the themes remains a concern. Restricting this material to adult audiences will ensure that children under 18 will not legally have access to the material”.

 

The August 6th Review Board report gave the reasons for the change in rating as:

"It was found that the DVD submitted to the Review Board was not the same as that submitted to the Classification Board in that it contained trailers and extra material"

This extra material initially resulted in an RC rating, before the mistake was corrected.

 

 

 

Background to the Review: Catholic World Youth Day Pilgrims and JB-Hi-Fi

The truth soon came out as to why Bob Debus had called for the ratings of four hentai DVDs to be examined.

Siren revealed that it was pilgrims attending the July 2008 Catholic Youth day in Sydney that made the initial complaint.

 

hentaicollection.com.au
News
TRUE STORY
29 Mar 2009

The Pope flies to Sydney, and a million pilgrims duly follow. Killing time between wholesome Catholic activities, said pilgrims stop off in a VERY popular music/DVD shop to peruse the latest in family entertainment.

While shopping, they find copies of HOLY VIRGINS on the shelf in the Anime section. Complaints (x100) to the store manager - and eventually the Government - ensue. The result? Surprise, surprise - the Pope and the pilgrims may be long gone, but you can't find the Hentai Collection in most stores anymore, even though these titles have been given an R rating by the Government-run Classification Board.

Welcome to the www.hentaicollection.com.au website. With enough support we'll start putting out more titles so sign up, drop us a line and send your suggestions. We want to hear what you think.

 

The Catholic World Youth Day was held in Sydney between Tuesday 15th and Sunday 20th July 2008. Siren wrote that the pilgrims went into a "VERY popular music/DVD shop" and saw the HOLY VIRGINS cover. We have been informed that they mean JB Hi-Fi in Sydney's Pitt St. They apparently stocked the entire hentai collection range before suddenly removing them from their shelves. This was mentioned in a post on the Madman forums.

 

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klokwerk
Doraemon
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:26 pm
Post subject: JB

I know someone who works at JB and can confirm that nationwide the Hentai titles have been pulled from their shelves and all orders cancelled.

They weren't told the full story. Just that they'd no longer be selling hentai. Since it's really only the Siren range that's available they'd have lost a bit of business. There were several JBs that did quite well with hentai titles.

Still, the story that all staff are hearing is that one of the high high-ups in management found out what hentai was and that we were selling them (possibly via complaining mothers and the like?) and gave the word to end it all. They either didn't like the idea of JB selling the stuff, or didn't want any more complaints.

In any case, for you hentai fans, want titles? Go to the EzyDVD website and type "hentai" in the search bar. It'll bring up the whole Siren range including the upcoming titles (as they become known to EzyDVD).

 

Reportedly, the JB-Hi-Fi store stocked the hentai next to the general anime titles. Not a hanging offence in our opinion, after all they all clearly state they are R18+ rated. Remember you cannot miss those new rating logos!  Judging from this statement on their site, Siren obviously blamed JB Hi-Fi for the problems

sirenvisual.com.au
News
14 Apr 2009
www.hentaicollection.com.au

You may have noticed Hentai titles have been removed from our site.

The Hentai releases were badly merchandised in some retail stores which led to complaints, which led to the removal of the range.

We recognize there is a demand for these titles and we are doing what we can to continue the range. We expect to release new titles but at this stage we cannot say when - maybe in the fourth quarter this year.

In the meantime you can visit the new home for hentai: www.hentaicollection.com.au

 

Catholic World Youth Day was held in Sydney from Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th July 2008. This means that complaints were made to JB- Hi-Fi management, and to government, and it only took three days from the end of WYD for Bob Debus to announce a review of four titles.

By the end of the month, CLASSES IN SEDUCTION, T&A TEACHER, and BONDAGE MANSION were cleared. Only HOLY VIRGINS was banned. After all, this was the title that the god-botherers initially offended by. Not bad work, a two-week turn-around from getting upset about a DVD cover, to seeing it banned in Australia. A cynic would say the whole process was pushed through so as not to upset the Catholic pilgrims.

It is a good job that Siren removed episode one of the LOVE DOLL hentai. The Catholics would definitely not have approved of the nuns who keep the girl as a sex-slave in the convent, watched over by the scat loving Bishop!

 

 

R18+ Siren DVD was pre-censored before rating

Thanks to Geoff W for this detailed review of Siren's BONDAGE MANSION DVD where he shows that it was pre-cut before submission.

The first episode of BONDAGE MANSION is titled "Plunder or Rape" and runs 30:30. It contains the usual hardcore hentai sex scenes, spiced up with some bondage and S&M. I can confirm that it has been censored, so presumably Siren did some pre-cutting prior to submitting it to the Classification Board. The end credits of play out over still images from the episode you have just viewed. From 27:41 to 27:43 there are some shots that are not in the preceding feature. One feature a girl with her legs open and an iron bowl placed between them. Looking again at the feature I found the cut must have been made at the 06:13 mark. Prior to this Hayoto says to the girl "that was good, but let's try something else". We next see a close up of a metal bowl, followed by the two of them facing one another. The next shot is of the shocked face of the girl, and shots of her hands on the ground. The music then seems to change (indicating a cut) and we next see the girl giving a blow job. Reading some on-line reviews shows that the missing scene involves the girl urinating in the bowl, followed by a golden shower scene. A search of Google Images will no doubt bring up shots of this missing scene.

The second episode doesn't have an English language title and is just listed as BONDAGE MANSION 2. It runs 28:28 and as far as I can see does not contain any obvious cuts. It twice features a still flashback to the censored scene in the first episode of the girl with her legs open and an iron bowl placed between them. These can be found at 00:27 to 00:28 and 16:36 to 16:38.

The censors listed the reason for banning the DVD as:

".....a trailer depicting a character, who appears to be under 18, engaged in an explicit sexual act and there is no context for this depiction.”

There are four trailers on the DVD, BONDAGE MANSION, LITTLE MONICA, GIRL NEXT DOOR, and DEBTS OF DESIRE. All have previously been passed with R18+ ratings.

 

Geoff is correct to say that the trailers are all for features that have been rated by the Classification Board. These are:

The Review Board refers to:

".....a trailer depicting a character, who appears to be under 18, engaged in an explicit sexual act and there is no context for this depiction.”

The above-mentioned trailers are on the release version, and would have been included on the DVD rated by the Classification Board. Therefore, we can conclude that the Review Board are talking about another trailer removed by Siren prior to submission.

 

 

THE BONDAGE COLLECTION hentai box set

BONDAGE MANSION was re-released by Siren in August 2009 as part of a box set called THE BONDAGE COLLECTION. It includes censored versions of SLAVES TO PASSION and MY BROTHERS WIFE.

 

Bondage Mansion (2001) - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVDBondage Mansion (2001) - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD 2


 

 

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