Film Censorship: G


 

 

 

 

The Gallant

Directed by Su Yang / 1972 / Taiwan / IMDb

In February 1973, a 3030.00-meter (110:27) print of THE GALLANT was banned because of 'excessive violence'. A censored 2909:00-meter (106:02) version was passed with an M-rating in July 1973.

At the time, distributors of martial arts films favoured the M-rating. Fewer cuts would have presumably been necessary had the aim been an R-rating

Chastonn Enterprises was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Garden of Torments 

Directed by Christian Gion / 1976 / France / IMDb

In September 1977, a 2459.50-meter (89:39) print of GARDEN OF TORMENTS was banned because of 'indecent violence'.

Consolidated Exhibitors were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Gator Bait 2: Cajun Justice

Directed by Beverly and Ferd Sebastian / 1988 / USA / IMDb

In April 1989, CIC-TAFT Video has a 97m VHS of GATOR BAIT 2: CAJUN JUSTICE Refused Classification by the OFLC. The reason given was 'gratuitous sexual violence'. A 95m edited version was banned again in December 1989 resulting in the abandonment of the Australian release.

 

Review by Matt
The version that I viewed ran 94:41, which is a few minutes shorter than the 97m print that you list as being submitted to the Aussie censors. Not sure why this is as it didn't look obviously censored, though I can't rule out the existence of a harder version.

Problem scenes would have had to have been between 37-47min when the hillbilly gang invade Angelique's house and threaten her before her Big T arrives. Although she is not raped, parts of this scene may have caused the censors some problems.

After being taken back to the home of the hillbilly gang, from 55-58min, three of them take turns raping her. This would have definitely been the primary source of the 'gratuitous sexual violence' that the censors listed as the reason for banning it.

Another possibility is the final scene at 92min where the hillbilly leader catches Angelique and holds a knife against her crotch, before Big T appears and shoots him.

Overall, it's an overlong standard rape revenge thriller, and in 2008 it is hard to see the censors not awarding it an uncut R18+.

 

Note, Matt may have reviewed the US version that Movie-Censorship.com claim in cut.


 

 

 

 

Genius is Lying

Directed by Ann Harding / 1982 / Australia

GENIUS IS LYING was a 21m film school work that was submitted to the Censorship Board in December 1982. Swinburne Institute of Technology were awarded an R-rating after one cut was made. The controversy began when the producer pushed to have the uncut film included in the 1983 Melbourne Film Festival.

 

 

The following piece from the 1983 Film Censorship Board Report explains the situation.

SYDNEY-MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVALS
Amendments to the Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations, made in April, removed the anomalies which were inherent in the so-called Film Festival 'agreement' of 1975.

These amendments enable 'approved organizations' to exhibit films at 'approved events' without being subject to the registration provisions of the Regulations.
Approval of organizations and events is at the discretion of the Attorney-General, who shall have regard to:

(a) the purposes for which the organization was formed;
(b) the extent to which the event is in keeping with the purposes of the organization;
(c) the extent to which the organization carries on activities of a cultural or artistic nature;
(d) the reputation of the organization with respect to the screening of films;
(e) the conditions imposed on the organization with respect to the admission of persons to the screening of films by the organization.

Decisions of the Attorney-General either to refuse or revoke approvals may be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Approved organizations may import films for approved events upon submission of applications and synopses to the Chief Censor. Permissions to import are granted subject to permission holders observing certain conditions, which include limiting admission to screenings of the films to subscribers aged 18 years or over and exporting the films within six weeks after the conclusion of the approved event.

The amendments have the effect of conceding to film festivals named as 'approved organizations' the freedom from censorship restraints which they have long sought.

The Board welcomed these amendments, as they implicitly confirmed that the Board had no legal mandate to grant the concessions previously sought by the festivals.

In 1983, the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals were named as 'approved organizations' and 'approved events'. They were granted a total of 356 'permissions to import', 102 to Sydney and 254 to Melbourne.

There was widespread misunderstanding about the legal status of Australian-made films used in film festivals. Few seemed to realise that the exhibition of such films is essentially a matter for State Governments, which may grant exemption to any film (whether imported or Australian made) from the operation of certain provisions of the relevant State Censorship Acts.

Misunderstanding focused on the film Genius is Lying. This was submitted to the Film Censorship Board by the Swinburne Institute of Technology in December 1982, with a request that it be classified for normal public exhibition. Members of the Board decided, by a majority vote, to classify the film 'For Restricted Exhibition', subject to one deletion. It should be emphasised that this decision was made outside the context of film festivals.
When the film's producer later sought to have the 1983 Melbourne Film Festival include Genius is Lying in its program, it was suggested that the deletion required by the Film Censorship Board for the film's public exhibition precluded its exhibition at the festival, as the festival's policy is to show only uncut films.

However, the film could have been shown uncut at the festival had the Melbourne Film Festival successfully sought the approval of the Government of Victoria for its exhibition.

The Chief Censor issued a press release stating the correct position, in an attempt to dispel the media-created impression that the Board had acted obstructively vis-a-vis the Melbourne Film Festival. But, perhaps inevitably, the press release received less exposure than the allegations which prompted it.

 

 

2006 St Kilda Film Festival Screening

Here is how Stella Kinsella described GENIUS IS LYING in an article at the Screen Hub site. The film had been included as part of the Victorian College of Arts Retrospective at the 2006 St Kilda Film Festival.

Genius Is Lying by Ann Harding would never make it to the screen today (let alone though a funding round) and more’s the pity. Overlong, coarse and technically very basic it wasn’t so much a genre hybrid but a feast and famine sort of filmmaking. Made in 1982, the AIDS HIV scourge was yet to be recognised and in what must have been a groundbreaking piece of reportage for its time, it focused on the life and times of the gay scene of the St Kilda beats, candidly discussing the cons and pros of incest and transgender issues for its day.


 

 

 

 

Get What You Pay For

Produced by Janus II / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In August 1980, a 625.30-meter (56:59) 16mm print of GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Mutual Film Distributors were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Ghastly Ones

Directed by Andy Milligan / 1969 / USA / IMDb

In the early 80s, there was no law that compelled distributors to have video tapes classified. For a period, the Censorship Board simply viewed the tapes and passed them as 'Special Condition', the definition of which was:

That the film/tape will not be exhibited in any State in contravention of that State's law relating to the exhibition of films.

The Prestige Video release of THE GHASTLY ONES was passed in October 1983 with such a warning.

 

 

Video release banned

In February 1984, it became law for all video tapes to be classified. The censors began the slow task of reviewing all the titles that had been released up until that time. They finally got to THE GHASTLY ONES in October 1984. The 71m (71:14) Prestige Video VHS was Refused Classification due to violence, which was described as being:

Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The violence consists of three or four unconvincing and poorly shot gore scenes and includes.

 

Despite the ban, THE GHASTLY ONES VHS remained on the shelves of many video stores until the arrival of DVD.

 

 

DVD Rated R18+

In August 2005, THE GHASTLY ONES was passed with an R18+ rating as part of a double-bill with Milligan's SEEDS OF SIN. The consumer advice for the combined titles was 'High Level Violence, High Level Sex Scenes, Adult themes'. Siren Visual Entertainment released the DVD in September 2005. The running time was 71:41.

 

The Ghastly Ones - Prestige Video [au] VHSThe Ghastly Ones - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Ghost Festival

Directed by Law Kei / 1985 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In May 1987, an 89m 35mm print of GHOST FESTIVAL was banned by the Classification Board. The same month, it was censored down to 86m, and awarded an R-rating.

Yu Enterprises gave it a Chinese language theatrical release.

 

Review by Simon
Vietnam International Video Corp. San Jose, USA.
Running time - 85:02
Dubbed into Vietnamese

GHOST FESTIVAL was a hard one to track down. The print that I did eventually find was horribly cropped, which made the English subtitles very hard to read. I knew nothing about the plot, so was surprised to see it featured a serial killer called Lam Goh Yui, who was obviously meant to be Lam Kor-wan (aka Dr. Lamb). The exact story was hard to follow because of the print, but part of it involved Lam eventually being made to pay for his crimes by the ghosts of his victims.

Four scenes are the possible reasons for the RC-rating, and may have been trimmed in the R-rated version.

27m: Lam strips his victim, starts his electric saw, and slowly brings it down towards the naked girl’s neck. The scene ends before any contact is made. This is the least likely of the four scenes to have had problems. It is far less graphic than the similar sequence in DR LAMB (1994) that was heavily cut by the Australian censor

36m: Lam hands one of his victims over to two men, and sits down to watch them strip her naked. She wakes up, makes a run for it, only for Lam to slap her around the face and knock her unconscious. The two men are then shown raping her. This may well have had to be trimmed in the R-rated version.

43m: Four men take their bound and gagged victim to a deserted hillside. They molest her, before stripping her naked. This scene would have definitely been censored in the R-rated version. See attached screen grabs.

77m: Lam’s final victim wakes up in his apartment. He attempts to kiss her, but she resists. He strangles her, rips off her dress and runs his hands over her underwear. This is less graphic than the previous two scenes, so may not have been a problem.

 

Ghost Festival (1985) - Censored rape scene #1Ghost Festival (1985) - Censored rape scene #2


 

 

 

 

Ghost Talker's Daydream

Directed by  Osamu Sekita / 2004 / Japan / IMDb

We have one report of GHOST TALKER'S DAYDREAM being taken by customs in late 2009 for reasons of 'sexualised violence'.


 

 

 

 

Ginger

Directed by Don Schain / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In March 1974, a 2761.18-meter (100:39) print of GINGER was passed with an R-rating.

Effie Holdings was the applicant.

 

 

Banned on video

In March 1985, a 96m tape of GINGER was refused classification because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.

For some reason, this G.A. International tape was indeed released to video stores, possibly before the censors decided to ban it. It remained relatively easy to find a copy for rent during the 80s through to the mid-90s.

The exact running time for the video was 95:09. There are various examples of sexual violence during the film. However, we would guess that the Australian censors mainly objected to the climax of the film where Ginger is punched, raped, and injected with heroin by Rex.

 

 

Was the GA International tape censored?

Interestingly, the G.A. International video release did look slightly cut during one scene.

Before - Jimmy says, "Spread your legs". It is followed by Jimmy naked on top of the girl.

This scene fades and is followed by a (very) brief shot of another scene coming into view. This shows Rodney's body naked from the waist down.

After - The soundtrack then jumps and there is a shot of Ginger saying to Rodney "Just enjoy the view".

 

 

Don Schain and the Australian censors

A sequel titled THE ABDUCTORS (1972) was also Refused Classification in December 1984. GIRLS ARE FOR LOVING (1973), the second sequel had an R-rated theatrical release in the early 70s.

Despite the box of the G.A. International release of GINGER promising "One of 3 Action-Packed Ginger Movies", we have yet to see proof that they got around to releasing them.

A PLACE CALLED TODAY (1972) was another of Don Schain's films to be banned in Australia.

 

Ginger - GA International [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

The Girl Hunters

Directed by Unknown / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

In April 1981, a 593.40-meter (54:04) 16mm print of THE GIRL HUNTERS was banned because of sex.
It was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Girl in 2A

Directed by William Rose / 1974 / USA / IMDb

In February 1981, a 2286.82-meter (83:21) print of THE GIRL IN ROOM 2A was censored by 11.6-meters (00:25) for an R-rating.

The original version was found to contain violence that was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Following its removal, the R-rating was awarded for violence that was now found to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

House of Dare was the applicant.

 

Review by Matt
Mondo Macabro [us] DVD – 84:49 (NTSC)

The 25s of violence could have been removed one, or both of these scenes.

From 01:25 to 01:58, a naked Edie is shown hanging by her bound hands as she is stabbed in the stomach by a spike. A figure appears, cuts her down, and pushes her against the wall. Her dead body is then shown with a knife protruding from her stomach. Sarah has a flashback to her time with the cult. She is shown crawling around a dungeon filled with women who are bound to the walls.

From 60:52 to 61:56, a masked figure is shown stripping a whipping the women.

The Mondo Macabro DVD contains the original Italian version of the film. The English version removed several scenes of dialogue to improve pacing. These were never dubbed, so the audio defaults to Italian. I counted seven occurrences, that total 02:30 of running time. This would go some way to explaining the shorter length of the version submitted to the Censorship Board.


 

 

 

 

Girl Next Door

Directed by Teruaki Murakami / 2000 / Japan / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because we suspect the distributor censored it prior to submission to the Classification Board.

 

In December 2003, Siren Visual Entertainment had a DVD of GIRL NEXT DOOR passed with an R18+ (High Level Sex Scenes, Adult Themes) rating by the OFLC.

Despite being listed as the ORIGINAL version, the DVD had actually been pre-cut prior to submission. According to Siren,

"..minor cuts were made, but only in relation to any sexual violence connotations, which would not pass under any circumstances".

GIRL NEXT DOOR was eventually released on DVD in 2004 on a double-bill with CAMPUS.

 

Siren re-released the film as a single feature in May 2007 as part of their Hentai Collection.

Siren are to be congratulated for admitting the censorship. Unfortunately, the statistics now record it as never having had censorship problems. This situation is widespread in the X18+ category.

 

Girl Next Door (2000) - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD1Girl Next Door (2000) - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD2


 

 

 

 

Girls on the Make

Directed Erwin C. Dietrich / 1976 / Switzerland / IMDb

In January 1976, a 2188.00-meter (79:45) print of GIRLS ON THE MAKE was censored by 26.2-meters (00:57) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Blake films were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Godfather of Harlem

aka Black Caesar

Directed by Larry Cohen / 1973 / USA / IMDb

In November 1976, a 2496.00-meter (90:59) print of THE GODFATHER OF HARLEM was censored by 16.30-meters (00:35) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'excessive violence'.

Filmways Australasia was the applicant.

 

As BLACK CAESAR on VHS and DVD

In December 1988, an 88m tape was passed with an R-rating. The classification was awarded for sex and violence, which were described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

CBS/Fox Video released the film on tape under its original title of BLACK CAESAR.

 

A DVD was released in December 2013 by Umbrella Entertainment. It was not resubmitted to the Classification Board, so it still carried the previous R-rating, and no consumer advice.

 

The Godfather of Harlem (1973) - CBS Fox Video [au] VHSThe Godfather of Harlem (1973) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Godfather's Fury

Directed by Chung Sun / 1978 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In July 1979, a 2831.90-meter (103:13) print of GODFATHER'S FURY was banned by the Censorship Board. The reason given for the refusal of this Shaw Brothers production was 'excessive violence'.

The applicant was J.S. and W.C. International Film.


 

 

 

 

The Godfathers of the Night

aka Oi Nonoi Tis Nihtas (Classification Board title)

Directed by Giorgos Delerno / 1977 / Greece / IMDb

In December 1978, a 2029.00-meter (73:57) print of THE GODFATHERS OF THE NIGHT was censored by 120-meters (04:22) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Apollon Films was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Godson

Directed by William Rotsler / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In February 1982, an 89m tape of THE GODSON was censored to remove 'sexual violence'.

It was then awarded an R-rating for sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

The applicant was K&C Video, who released it on their Starbase Video sub-label.

 

Thanks to Simon for this information about the US release.

The 'sexual violence' in THE GODSON is not particularly graphic. At 11:30 Marco threatens one of the hookers by grabbing her breasts and twisting her nipples. A similar scene takes place at 85:30 where the gangster rival has a topless girl strung up by her arms. He twists her nipples to make her scream and draw Marco’s attention. The scene ends at 89:30 with Marco shooting the girl in the chest.

Apart from a couple of brief shots in the opening and closing credits of a gun being run over a woman’s breast, that is it for the 'sexual violence'. Presumably, some of this was missing from the Starbase Video release.

The 2003 Something Weird DVD of THE GODSON is uncut, and runs 91:28 (NTSC). The disc also contains Bethel Buckalew’s BELOW THE BELT (1971).

 

The Godson (1971) - Starbase Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Golden Ninja Warrior

Directed by Joseph Lai / 1986 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In March 1989, Videobizn (S.A.) had an 85m VHS of GOLDEN NINJA WARRIOR Refused Classification by the OFLC. The reason given was 'gratuitous sexual violence'.

 

Thanks to Matt for this review.

GOLDEN NINJA WARRIOR is the first Joseph Lai Ninja movie that I had viewed and it proved to be a great introduction. It's badly made, but hugely enjoyable. It's very easy to spot the two scenes that would have been responsible for the censors awarding it an RC-rating.

03:45 to 05:45 - Here a woman in her underwear is tied by her hands between two bunk beds. Her father has sold her to the brothel and a she is refusing to work. She is viciously whipped by a gangster who pulls her bra off and punches her in the stomach. He eventually pulls off her underwear so they she is totally naked before he continues to whip her.

60:30 to 64:00 - Sherri has been tied with her hands behind her back. Eagle chases her around the room as she resists. He eventually captures her and punches her in the stomach. He then proceeds to strip her naked and rape her.

The uncut version that I viewed ran 85:23.


 

 

 

 

La Grande Baise

Directed by Claude Mulot / 1977 / France / IMDb 

In November 1976, a 2262.00-meter (82:27) print of LA GRAND BAISE was banned because of 'indecency'.

Warner Brothers Australia was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Les Grandes Jouisseuses

aka The Grand Sensualist

aka French Erotic Fantasies

aka Obsession with Desire

Directed by Claude Bernard-Aubert / 1977 / France / IMDb

In September 1978, a 2516.50-meter (91:43) print of LES GRANDES JOUISSEUSES was banned because of 'indecency'. The following month, a 2194.40-meter (79:59) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating.

In both cases, Consolidated Exhibitors were the applicant.

 

Australian tape releases

Video Classics / Movies at Midnight released a 75:24 (PAL) version on tape during the early 1980s. The box title was THE GRAND SENSUALIST.

During the early 80s, there was no law that compelled distributors to have video tapes classified. For a period, the Censorship Board simply viewed the tapes and passed them as 'Special Condition', the definition of which was:

That the film/tape will not be exhibited in any State in contravention of that State's law relating to the exhibition of films.

An 88m tape of LES GRANDES JOUISSEUSES was passed with such a warning in May 1983. It is listed as being on the Intervision label. They released this in the UK as FRENCH EROTIC FANTASIES.

 

Sexual violence behind 1985 RC-ratings

In April 1985, Prestige Video had a 90m tape Refused Classification because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.

This was followed in August 1985 by the banning of an 80m tape, again because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'. The Censorship Board list this submission by CBS/Fox Video under the title LES GRANDES JOUISSEUSES (FRENCH EROTIC FANTASIES).

In the late 1980s, it was retitled OBSESSION WITH DESIRE and released on video on the Apple Den label. At the time, they were responsible for reissuing a number of Prestige Video titles.

 

 

Les Grandes Jouisseuses (1977) - Video Classics [au] CatalogLes Grandes Jouisseuses (1977) - Apple Den [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Greta, the Mad Butcher

aka Ilsa, the Wicked Warden

Directed by Jess Franco / 1977 / Switzerland-USA-West Germany / IMDb

In October 1977, a 2465.40-meter (89:52) print of GRETA, THE MAD BUTCHER was banned for reasons of 'indecency and indecent violence'.

Blake Films was the applicant.

 

 

The ILSA series and the censors

The original ILSA, SHE WOLF OF THE SS (1975) was banned in 1976.

In August 1982, A M Alessi Film and Video Service had an 87m Italian video tape of ILSA, HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHEIKS (1976) passed with an R-rating. It was classified under the title ILSA DE BELVA DEL DESERTO.

 

 

The ILSA series and customs

In January 2005, there is a report of customs delaying delivery of the Anchor Bay Ilsa DVD box set. The titles in the shipment were ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE SS (1976), ILSA: HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHEIKS (1977), as well as GRETA, THE MAD BUTCHER (as ILSA: THE WICKED WARDEN).

The package was eventually delivered with a letter informing that they had been delayed because they were suspected of falling within the scope of Regulation 4A of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.


 

 

 

 

Grimms Marchen von lusternen Parchen

aka Grimms’ Maerchen Von Lusten Paerchen

aka The New Adventures of Snow White

Directed by Rolf Thiele / 1969 / West Germany / IMDb

In November 1971, a 9173-feet (101:55) print of GRIMMS' MAERCHEN VON LUSTEN PAERCHEN was banned because of 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors made an unsuccessful appeal to the Film Board of Review in February 1972.

 

In November 1981, L and M Imports had a 72m videotape passed under the title of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SNOW WHITE.

The R-rating was awarded for violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Justified

It was also awarded because of nudity.

The tape was most likely an import of the British Mountain Video release.


 

 

 

 

Grown Ups 2

Directed by Dennis Dugan / 2013 / USA / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor chose to censor it to achieve a more commercial rating.

 

In May 2013, a 101m print of GROWN UPS 2 was passed with an M (Crude humour) rating.

The extended classification information described,
Moderate impact: themes
Mild impact: violence, language, drug use, nudity, sex

 

Sony Pictures Releasing resubmitted the film in August 2013 in a censored 98m version. This time it received a PG (Mild crude humour, violence, sexual references, nudity and coarse language) rating.

The extended classification now described,
Mild impact: themes, violence, language, nudity, sex
Very mild: drug use

The censored version reduced the themes from 'moderate impact' to 'mild impact', and the drug use from 'mild impact' to 'very mild impact'.

 

We asked Sony why they had censored GROWN UPS 2 for its Australian release.

twitter.com
Ref Classification ‏@RefusedC
1:25 AM - 27 Sep 13
@SonyPicturesAUS Why is this version only 98mins and PG-rated when it was originally 101mins and M-rated. What did you censor? #grownups2

Sony Pictures AUS ‏@SonyPicturesAUS
6:22 PM - 29 Sep 13
Hi @RefusedC, this is a version made for certain international territories, to keep in line with the first film which was also rated PG.

 

In October 2013, a 117m DVD of GROWN UPS 2 was passed with a PG (Crude humour, violence, sexual references, nudity and coarse language) rating.

The extended classification now described,
Mild impact: themes, violence, language, nudity, sex
Very mild: drug use

The rating and extended classification information was the same as the censored theatrical version. However, one minor change had been made to the consumer advice. The 'Mild crude humour' was now described as 'Crude humour.

The PG rating suggests that the DVD was a censored version.

 

 

Censored version still attracts complaints

Classification Board Annual Report 2013-2014
Complaints Films
There were seven complaints about Grown Ups 2.
The complainants were of the view that the PG classification with consumer advice of ‘Mild crude humour, violence, sexual references, nudity and coarse language’ was too low.

 

Grown Ups 2 (2013) - universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Guinea Pig: Devil's Experiment

aka Za Ginipiggu 1: Akuma No Jikken

Directed by Hideshi Hino / 1985 / Japan / IMDb

GUINEA PIG: DEVIL'S EXPERIMENT was due to screen on July 17th 2004 at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. The OFLC became aware of this and contacted the organisers who pulled it, and three other features from the program.

 

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival issued the following press release on July 12th 2004.
STOP THE PRESS - MUFF films banned!!!!

The following films have been banned from MUFF by the O.F.L.C:

The following description of the film is taken from the MUFF website.

Za Ginipiggu 1: Akuma No Jikken

JAPAN | 1985 | 46 min

Notorious splatter video series conceived by underground manga artist Hideshi Hino. Shot on videotape with minimal production values but reasonably convincing special effects, the series, running to six episodes, eventually turned comedic and a making-of was also released to counter a rumour that the first couple of eps were actual “snuff” films. In essence, the films are a special effects showcase and are one-dimensional in tone. Some palpable shock value is to be had.

Saturday July 17th 9pm Gertrudes.


 

 

 

 

Guinea Pig: Flowers of Flesh and Blood

aka Za Ginipiggu 2: Chiniku No Hana

Directed by BY Hideshi Hino / 1985 / Japan / IMDb

GUINEA PIG: FLOWERS OF FLESH AND BLOOD was due to screen on July 17th 2004 at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. The OFLC became aware of this and contacted the organisers who pulled it, and three other features from the program.

 

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival issued the following press release on July 12th 2004.
STOP THE PRESS - MUFF films banned!!!!

The following films have been banned from MUFF by the O.F.L.C:

The following description of the film is taken from the MUFF website.

Za Ginipiggu 1: Akuma No Jikken

JAPAN | 1985 | 46 min

Notorious splatter video series conceived by underground manga artist Hideshi Hino. Shot on videotape with minimal production values but reasonably convincing special effects, the series, running to six episodes, eventually turned comedic and a making-of was also released to counter a rumour that the first couple of eps were actual “snuff” films. In essence, the films are a special effects showcase and are one-dimensional in tone. Some palpable shock value is to be had.

Saturday July 17th 9pm Gertrudes.

 

 

FLOWERS OF FLESH AND BLOOD review

Thanks to Aidan for this information.

As your database states this film was refused exemption for the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Having watched it I can tell you the motivation behind it being refused exemption and classification. Two scenes in particular are likely to have baited our censors.

Firstly around the 30 minute marks a woman has her hand graphically and convincingly cut open, then struck with a sledge hammer.

Secondly at the films conclusion, the woman has a "needle" (actually closer to a large nail really) poked through the side of her face and out the front, causing blood to slowly gather around her eyeball which is then pushed out of her head by the needles motion. This graphic and realistic scene was likely troublesome as (according to your database) the OFLC previously refused another Japanese film ("Evil Dead Trap") classification due to a similar needle/eye encounter.

Our censors also probably had trouble with the fact that the film is presented as a series of cruel vignettes (each with a title card implying what will follow, including Hit, Kick, Unconscious, Claw and of course Needle) presented in sequence in a monotonous fashion (fitting the "experiment" theme) rather than a full narrative plot.

The film and it's first sequel became infamous after viewers in the United States suspected them of being actual snuff films (most famously actor Charlie Sheen reported the sequel "Flower of Flesh and Blood" to the FBI after seeing it at a party) a view apparently influenced by the fact that most copies in the U.S. until the recent DVD release were 3rd to 10th generation bootleg video tapes with reduced quality resembling home movies.


 

 

 

 

Gums

Directed by Robert J. Kaplan / 1976 / USA / IMDb

In June 1981, an 1800.50-meter (65:38) print of GUMS was banned because of sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

…and for language, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 1729.06-meter (63:01) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in August 1981. It was awarded for sex and language, which were both said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
 Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Blake Films was the applicant.

Roadshow released GUMS on their Vibrant Video label.

In February 1984, a 60-minute tape was passed with an R-rating. Pakenham Video Library was the applicant.

The same month saw Blake Films receive an R-rating for a 62-minute tape.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Gums (1976) - Daybill poster     Gums (1976) - Roadshow Vibrant Video [au] VHS


 

 

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