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Unclothed Encounters

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

In June 1979, a 192.80-meter (07:01) print of UNCLOTHED ENCOUNTERS was banned because of 'indecency'.

14th Mandolin was the applicant.

 

The X-rating was introduced in February 1984. That month, a 7-minute tape of UNCLOTHED ENCOUNTERS was classified with the new rating. The sex was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The applicant was again 14th Mandolin. This may have been an extra on one of their Pink Video or King of video releases.

 

The following review is for an adult animated short, so this may be the same film.

Unclothed Encounters
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There were no credits on this animated classics. Nor can I find any info on its existence, so you’ll have to take my word on it. In this graphic film, with an entire Barbie doll cast, a housewife performs fellatio on a young boy scout while his father gives it to her doggy style. Then an alien with two “members” comes in and finishes them all off. And yes, we saw the claymated happy ending.


 

 

 

 

Untamed Sex

Directed by Erwin C. Dietrich / 1979 / France–Switzerland / IMDb

In April 1981, a 2482.03-meter (90:28) print of UNTAMED SEX was censored by 38.5-meters (01:24) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The R-rating was awarded for sex, which was:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Filmways released the film theatrically.

 

In 1982, the sequel, SWEDISH SEX SERVICE (1980), was also censored in Australia.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Untamed Sex (1979) - Filmways [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

Untitled

Directed by Unknown / 201?

In August 2017, a 29-minute UNTITLED DVD titled was banned by the Classification Board.

The Australian Federal Police - Joint Counter Terrorism Team - Sydney was the applicant.

The reason given for the Refused Classification ratings was:

Film section 9A and items 1(a)&(c)
9A Refused Classification for publications, films or computer games that advocate terrorist acts
(1) A publication, film or computer game that advocates the doing of a terrorist act must be classified RC.
(2) Subject to subsection
(3), for the purposes of this section, a publication, film or computer game advocates the doing of a terrorist act if:
(a) it directly or indirectly counsels, promotes, encourages or urges the doing of a terrorist act; or
(b) it directly or indirectly provides instruction on the doing of a terrorist act; or
(c) it directly praises the doing of a terrorist act in circumstances where there is a substantial risk that such praise might have the effect of leading a person (regardless of his or her age or any mental impairment (within the meaning of section 7.3 of the Criminal Code) that the person might suffer) to engage in a terrorist act.
(3) A publication, film or computer game does not advocate the doing of a terrorist act if it depicts or describes a terrorist act, but the depiction or description could reasonably be considered to be done merely as part of public discussion or debate or as entertainment or satire.
(4) In this section: terrorist act has the meaning given by section 100.1 of the Criminal Code (no matter where the action occurs, the threat of action is made or the action, if carried out, would occur). AND The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1.
(a) as films that "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", and
(c) as films that "promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence".


 

 

 

 

Up!

Directed by Russ Meyer / 1976 / USA / IMDb

In February 1977, a 2181.70 meters (79:31) print of Russ Meyer's UP! was banned for reason of 'indecency'.

Columbia Pictures was the applicant.

 

 

1980: Censored UP! R-Rated

UP! remained unseen in Australia until Reagent Trading Enterprises had a 2119.49 meter (77:15) 'reconstructed version' passed with an R-rating in November 1980. The reason given for the rating was:

Sex
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Violence
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

This censored print went on to have a theatrical release.

 

 

1991: Australian Customs Service ask for OFLC rating

UP! was part of a package of fifteen tapes that were seized by the Australian Customs Service in October 1991. They were forwarded to the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) who found them to be:

"…prohibited pursuant to Regulation 4A(1A)(a)(iii) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations"

 

 

2006: Uncut UP! R-Rated

In February 2006, Madman Entertainment had an uncut version of UP! passed with an R18+ (High level sexual violence, High level sex scenes) rating.

The DVD was released the following month, and had a running time of 80:12 (not including the MPAA X-rating card).

 

From viewing of the uncut version, it is easy to see which scenes would have had problems with the censor

These scenes include:

 

 

Russ Meyer and the Australian censors

In the 70s and 80s, Russ Meyer's SUPERVIXENS (1975) and BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970) also had censorship problems in Australia. Both are covered in our Film Censorship Database.

 

Up! - Madman Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

Urotsukidôji: Legend of the Overfiend

Directed by Hideki Takayama / 1989 / Japan / IMDb

In March 1994, UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND became the first animated feature to be banned by the Australian censors.

Valhalla Holdings had a 101m print Refused Classification for their Manga Film Festival. Thanks to Geoff for the theatrical release flyer.

 

 

Review Board report

In July 1994, Valhalla Holdings lodged an appeal with the Review Board who confirmed the RC-rating.

 

5. Finding on Material Questions of Fact

5.1 The plot of this animated film is about the domination of the lives of teenagers at a Japanese high school by demons in the guise of students. The demons wreak havoc at the school and in the community through murder, rape and mayhem. The style of the animation is quite realistic when dealing with the "natural" world.

5.2 A dominant theme is that of the subjection of females through sexual assault and verbal abuse. The film contains at least three detailed and prolonged scenes of violent and relished rape, accompanied by strong verbal abuse. The victims' distress is emphasised. These scenes include the rape of a female student by a female teacher (reel 1 at 25 mins) and the non-consenting abusive sex (reel 2 at 43 mins).

5.3 The film has a high level of crude and assaultive language, and the camera frequently and gratuitously focuses on each of the female characters genital and breasts areas.

5.4 The films emphasis on violent sexual abuse was not, in the opinion of thee Review Board, diminished by its animated style. The film's techniques gave an implicit invitation to the viewer to focus upon and enjoy the detailed and gratuitous rape sequences,

 

6. Reasons for the Decision

6.1 The Review Board based its decision principally on the scenes described in 5.2, and their nature as described in 5.4.

6.2 These depictions of sexual violence, in the Review Board's opinion constituted unduly detailed and relished acts of extreme violence against non-consenting persons, and therefore "indecent" within the meaning of sub-regulation 13(1)(a) of the Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations.

6.3 The representative of the applicant argued that the film , being animated and thereby exaggerated, and dealing with fantastic situations, was therefore less impactful. He argued that this was the first time that an animated film has been refused registration. He alleged that the video version was on sale in Sydney. He acknowledged that the film embodied ideas and a culture that were alien and unacceptable in Australia, but argued that adults should be able to view this Japanese film from an artistic viewpoint within the constraints of the R classification.

6.4 These arguments were rejected by the Review Board for the reasons cited in 5.2 and 5.4.

6.5 The Board of Review concluded that there was not adequate contextual justification for the material, and that therefore the film constituted indecent material under Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations 13(1)(a).

6.6 Under Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations 13(1)(a), the Review Board confirms the decision of the Censorship Board to Refuse to Register Legend of Overfiend.

 

7. Summary

The Review Board's decision to confirm pursuant to Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations 39b(1)(a), the decision of the Censorship Board to Refuse to Register Legend of Overfiend pursuant to Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations 13(1)(a). This decision was taken after full consideration of the applicant's submissions and after assessing the film against relevant legislative criteria and those contained in the current film classification guidelines endorsed by the Censorship Ministers and cited in State and Territory legislation.

21 July 1994"

 

 

Censored R-rated UROTSUKIDOJI

Valhalla Holdings finally received an R18+ (Medium Level Violence, Sex Scenes) rating in September 1994. It had been censored, despite the videotape running 104m. A theatrical release followed.

 

Siren Entertainment released UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND on their Manga Video label. The tape ran 102:54, which was the same as the censored British Manga Video version. The British censors had removed 02:12 from it in 1992.

Manga Video's New Zealand release mentions on the cover that UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND was banned in Australia.

 

 

UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND - Uncut Version

In the U.S., Central Park Media/Anime 18 released both UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND, and UROTSUKIDOJI 2: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB uncut on a double-bill DVD called THE PERFECT COLLECTION.

The series was presented on two discs.

Disc one contains the three episodes that were edited together to make UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND. These are titled, BIRTH OF OVERFIEND, CURSE OF OVERFIEND, and FINAL INFERNO.

THE PERFECT COLLECTION release retained the original credits for each episode, along with the plot recaps. This explains the extended running time for this release.

Movie-censorship has a comparison between the censored British-Australian tapes, and the uncut Anime 18 DVD.

 

 

Censored UROTSUKIDOJI DVD

In 2001, the AV Channel and Madman Entertainment released a censored double-bill R4 DVD of UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND, and UROTSUKIDOJI 2: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB.

UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND ran 102:54, the same as the Manga Video tape.

 

Urotsukidôji: Legend of the Overfiend - Manga Films [au] FLYER FUrotsukidôji: Legend of the Overfiend - Manga Films [au] FLYER BUrotsukidôji: Legend of the Overfiend - Manga Video [au] VHSUrotsukidôji: Legend of the Overfiend - Madman Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Urotsukidôji 2: Legend of the Demon Womb

Directed by Hideki Takayama / 1993 / Japan / IMDb

In 1995, Siren Entertainment had an 87m videotape of UROTSUKIDOJI 2: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB banned by the Classification Board.

It was then censored down to 84m, only to be banned again.

An 82:26 version was finally passed with an R18+ (High level violence; Medium level sex scene) in May 1996. Soon after, Siren Entertainment released the tape on their Manga Video label.

According to the BBFC database, the uncut version should run 86:47. This means that the Australian Manga Video version of UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB was censored by 04:21.

 

 

UROTSUKIDOJI 2: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB - Uncut Version

In the U.S., Central Park Media/Anime 18 released both UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND, and UROTSUKIDOJI 2: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB uncut on a double-bill DVD called THE PERFECT COLLECTION.

The series was presented on two discs.

Disc two contains the two episodes that were edited together to make UROTSUKIDOJI 2: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB. These are titled, LEGEND OF DEMON WOMB, and BATTLE AT THE SHINJUKU SKYSCRAPERS.

The full runtime for both episodes was 97:37. This was nearly eleven minutes longer than the version that is presumed to be the uncut version.

THE PERFECT COLLECTION release retained the original credits for each episode, along with the plot recaps. This explains the extended running time for this release.

 

 

Censored UROTSUKIDOJI 2 DVD

In 2001, the AV Channel and Madman Entertainment released a censored double-bill R4 DVD of UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND, and UROTSUKIDOJI 2: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB.

UROTSUKIDOJI 2: LEGEND OF THE DEMON WOMB ran 83:33. This compares to 82:26 for the Manga Video version. The longer running time indicates that it was the same as the censored British release.

Movie-censorship has a comparison between the censored British-Australian tapes, and the uncut Anime 18 DVD.

 

Urotsukidôji 2: Legend of the Demon Womb - Manga Video [au] VHSUrotsukidôji 2: Legend of the Demon Womb - Madman Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

 

Urotsukidôji 3: Return of the Overfiend - Episode 1 - Birth of the True Overfiend

Directed by Hideki Takayama / 1993 / Japan / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor released a censored print.

 

BPS Video Services had a 48:34 tape of BIRTH OF THE TRUE OVERFIEND passed with an R18+ (High Level Sex Scenes) rating in August 1994. The video was released on the Kiseki label.

In April 1994, Kiseki had had the same version passed with an 18-rating by the British censors. This was followed in May 1994 by the submission of a 57:18 subtitled version. This longer version had to be censored down to 53:48 to achieve an 18-rating. This indicates that Kiseki's Australian tape was censored.

 

Urotsukidôji 3: Return of the Overfiend - Episode 1 - Birth of the True Overfiend - Kiseki [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Urotsukidôji 3: Return of the Overfiend - Episode 2 - The Mystery of Caesar's Palace

Directed by Hideki Takayama / 1993 / Japan / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor released a censored print.

 

BPS Video Services had a 51:13 tape of THE MYSTERY OF CAESAR'S PLACE passed with an R18+ (High Level Sex Scenes) rating in August 1994. The video was released on the Kiseki label.

In April 1994, Kiseki had the same version passed with an 18-rating by the British censors. This was followed in May 1994 by the submission of a 58:33 subtitled version. This longer version had to be censored down to 51:21 to achieve an 18-rating. This indicates that Kiseki's Australian tape was censored.

 

Urotsukidôji 3: Return of the Overfiend - Episode 2 - The Mystery of Caesar's Palace - Kiseki [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Urotsukidôji 3: Return of the Overfiend - Episode 3 - The Collapse of Caesar's Palace

Directed by Hideki Takayama / 1993 / Japan / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor released a censored print.

 

The Classification Board's database does not list an entry for THE COLLAPSE OF CAESAR'S PALACE.

We have not viewed this particular tape, but assume it was pre-censored like the other three episodes of UROTSUKIDOJI 3: THE RETURN OF THE OVERFIEND

In December 1994, Kiseki censored a 48:25 tape down to 41:59 to achieve an 18-rating in the UK.


 

 

 

 

Urotsukidôji 3: Return of the Overfiend - Episode 4 - Passage in the Unknown

Directed by Hideki Takayama / 1993 / Japan / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor released a censored print.

 

The Classification Board's database does not list an entry for PASSAGE IN THE UNKNOWN. However, the cover of the Kiseki tape claims that it was passed with an R18+ (High Level Sex Scenes) rating. The tape runs approximately 42m.

In May 1995, Kiseki had to censor a 49:45 tape down to 41:31 before the British censors would award it an 18-rating. This indicates that Kiseki's Australian tape was censored.

 

Urotsukidôji 3: Return of the Overfiend - Episode 4 - Passage in the Unknown - Kiseki [au] VHS


 

 

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