Classics among 22 on list of banned films


By ZIEMAN
  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Apr 2003

BY ZIEMAN

PETALING JAYA: Four Malay classics produced by Malay Film Production and Cathay Keris have found themselves in the latest list of 22 banned movies submitted by the Film Censorship Board. 

These movies, considered the gems during their time and which have enjoyed repeated screenings over RTM, are Anak Buluh Betung by S. Kadarisman (1966), Dhiresh Gosh’s Gergasi (1958), Sumpah Wanita by Omar Rojik (1960) and Semusim Di Neraka by M. Amin (1971). 

The vice-chairman of the Film Censorship Board, Datuk Ismail Mohd Jah, said these movies were deemed unsuitable for public screening because of their unreligious contents. 

Sumpah Wanita has a theme which is in conflict with the teachings of Islam while Semusim Di Neraka has elements of “tahyul” (nonsensical elements that could challenge the oneness of God), while Gergasi has tendencies of “khurafat” (sinful) and touches on a subject of human cloning which is a no-no,” he said. 

Anak Buluh Betung, which is considered among the favourite Malay classics featuring Aziz Jaafar, Ahmad Mahmud, Saadiah and Rosnani Jamil, is also axed as it highlights and promotes the use of “tangkal” (charms) and “azimat” (protective amulet). 

Ismail said the three-member sat in the panel before deciding to take the movies off because the contents were against the guidelines given by Jakim (the Islamic Development Department). 

“The superstitious beliefs depicted in these movies are against the teachings of Islam and could influence the minds of viewers in a way. Even though some of these movies have been screened time and again, you must remember, that was then. 

“After we realised that the contents were unsuitable and against the guidelines given, we decided to review them again. We have to take into consideration opinions given by religious authorities,” he said. 

Other titles in the list include four Malay movies, four Chinese, five English, two Hindi, one Indonesian, one Korean and one French movie.  

The five English movies are Eight Mile, Endless Love, Gangster No 1, True Lies and Razor Sharpe. The four Chinese movies are Starlets for Sale (cantonese), Stories of the Crow (mandarin), Killer Snakes (mandarin) and Killing Betrayer (cantonese). 

Two Hindi movies that are now banned are Aashiq and Main Dil Tujhko Diya.  

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