‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie banned

KUALA LUMPUR: Fans awaiting the release of the film adaptation of erotic, romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey will not be getting any love this Valentine’s Day.

The movie, slated for release on Feb 12 here, has been banned by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF), which ruled it unfit for Malaysian audience.

LPF chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said the board had found the Sam Taylor-Johnson directed movie too racy, calling it more like “pornography than a movie”.

“The board made a decision in view of the film’s scenes that are not of natural sexual content, that features scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped,” Abdul Halim said.

United International Pictures, the local distributor of the film, confirmed that the film would not be shown in cinemas here.

Though the film is now officially banned here, the book version, which tells the story of Anastasia “Ana” Steele, who falls for the wealthy businessman Christian Grey - who draws her into his fetish world of bondage sex, is available in local bookstores.

The film has been wrapped in controversy with critics claiming the film features nearly 20 minutes of on-screen nudity and sex scenes. The raunchiness takes up a fifth of the film, according to The Guardian.

Entertainment Weekly, the Motion Picture Association of America gave the film an R-rating based on “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behaviour and graphic nudity”.

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