List of films banned in Malaysia

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This is a list of films banned (Rejected) in Malaysia. Films that are assigned the "Tidak Diluluskan Untuk Tayangan" category by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia are banned for sale, possession, distribution and screening. Screening rejected films, possessing, selling, or even owning them in private is forbidden and strictly enforced and can be punished with severe fines, up to 20 years imprisonment or both.

List[edit]

Year Name Notes
1936 The Bohemian Girl Banned due to its Romani themes. It was passed during the '90s with a VCD release from Warner Malaysia Video.[1]
1946 The Big Sleep Banned originally, but passed in 1999 with a VCD release and a delayed DVD release from Warner Malaysia Video.[1]
1956 The King and I Banned due to offense from neighboring country Thailand.[2] It was passed in 2005 with a VCD release and a DVD release from Fox Malaysia.
1956 The Ten Commandments Banned by Paramount Malaysia (now United International Pictures) due to religious content.[1]
1964 491 Banned due to a homosexual rape scene; a censored version was later released.[1]
1971 A Clockwork Orange Banned due to its explicit sexual and violent content. A censored version was released on DVD after several years.[3]
1971 The Last House on the Left Banned, originally, but was released on VCD by Movie Master in the late 1990s.[1]
1971 Villain [1]
1972 Fritz the Cat Banned due to explicit sexual content and violence.[1]
1972 Deep Throat Banned due to explicit sexual content.[1]
1973 The Exorcist Banned due to intense violence and cruelty.[1]
1974 The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat [1]
1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned due to very intense violence and cruelty.[1]
1975 Jaws Banned originally, but was eventually passed for a VCD release and a long-delayed DVD release by Movie Master. Many other Steven Spielberg films were banned.[1]
1975 Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom Banned due to "repulsive, outrageous and abhorrent content." However, Pier Paolo Pasolini's last film was banned at all country.[1]
1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Still banned and no DVD release.[1]
1977 Saturday Night Fever Banned by Cinema International Corporation's Paramount Malaysia division, reportedly because it was deemed to cause chaos in the community.[4]
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian All Monty Python's Movies are banned for joke about religious and some black humor.[1]
1983 Scarface [1]
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life [1]
1984 Amadeus [1]
1984 Cannibal Holocaust Banned due to extremely intense violence and cruelty.[5]
1986 Platoon Banned due to vulgar language and violence.[6]
1989 Pet Sematary [1]
1989 Beware! Children at Play [1]
1991 Showdown in Little Tokyo [1]
1993 Schindler's List Banned initially; the Malaysian Film Censorship Board described the film as “propaganda with the purpose of asking for sympathy.”[2] A heavily censored DVD version was later released in 2004.
1994 The Shawshank Redemption Banned for depiction of cruelty, profanity, and violence. Later released on DVD.[2]
1994 Pulp Fiction Banned due to intense violence, drug abuse, explicit nudity, and scenes of sexual violence.[1]
1995 Babe Banned due to "babe" sounding similar to "babi," the Malay word for "pig," which is non-Halal; also portrays pigs in a positive light.[2][4]
1995 Piranha (1995 film) Banned due to intense violence and cruelty. However, the original 1978 film of the same name is allowed.[1]
1995 Showgirls banned due to strong sexual content, including scenes of female nudity and sexual violence.[1]
1996−present All of the entries in the British horror drama Silent Witness have been banned. [1]
1996 Beavis & Butthead Do America banned due to strong sexual content, crude humor, and violence.[1]
1996 Last Man Standing[1]
1997−2013 South Park banned along with the film,[1] however, now, it is available on Comedy Central Asia on HyppTV.[7]
1997 Orgazmo banned due to strong sexual content[1][8]
1997 Boogie Nights banned due to strong sexual content[1]
1997 Blade never released in cinemas, passed for a VCD release and a delayed DVD release by Movie Master.[1]
1998 The Prince of Egypt Never released in cinemas because the censor body ruled that the film is "insensitive for religious and moral reasons".[9] The film was passed for VCD and DVD release by Berjaya HVN
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Banned due to its title and subject matter not being halal (pigs—whether or not they're used as food—are considered highly taboo in the Muslim religion, of which Malaysia has a sizeable population). Released direct-to-VHS when the ruling was overturned almost a year later.[4]
1998 Saving Private Ryan never released in cinemas, passed for VCD and DVD release by Berjaya HVN[1]
1998 and 2004 Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky banned due to very high-impact violence and cruelty[1]
1999–2011 Family Guy Due to crude, politically incorrect humor and strong comic violence. Now available on Fox Channel Asia[citation needed]
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me never released in cinemas due to comedic sexual content, but passed for a VCD release and delayed DVD release by Sunny Film Productions.[1]
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut banned due to "vulgar, offensive content" (the television series was banned for the same reason, but now the TV series is available on HyppTV ).[1]
1999 Dogma[1] banned for offensive religious content
1999 American Beauty banned for strong sexual content (including scenes depicting pedophilia and homosexuality)[citation needed]
1999 Eyes Wide Shut Due to strong sexual contents, but now available at Google Play Store Movie.
1999 Best Laid Plans [1]
2000−present All of the entries in the Final Destination series have been banned.[1]
2000 But I'm a Cheerleader banned for strong sexual content and depictions of homosexuality, masturbation, and conversion therapy.[1]
2000 Scary Movie banned originally, but it's was heavily edited and gave an U Certificate.
2000 Baise-Moi banned due to grotesque, abhorrent content (rape, explicit sexual content, high impact violence, cruelty, etc.)[1]
2001 Fiza' '[1]
2001 Ichi the Killer banned due to very high impact violence and offensive depictions of cruelty.[1]
2001 Zoolander[10] banned for an offensive joke about the country in the film.
2002 Auto Focus passed for VCD release from MediaMax.com[1]
2002 Queen of the Damned [1]
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights never released in cinemas, but passed for a VCD release and delayed DVD release by Sunny Film Productions[1]
2002 Pinocchio (2002 film)[1] due to scene of a character (looks like a donkey) but face same looks like a pig.
2003 Bruce Almighty[11] passed for VCD and DVD release by Berjaya HVN
2003 Daredevil (2003) passed for VCD and DVD release[1]
2003 Homerun banned due to the negative political element of Malaysia[1]
2003 Freddy vs. Jason [1]
2003 Underworld [1]
2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 never released in cinemas, passed for DVD release by Berjaya HVN[1]
2003 Thirteen [1]
2004 The Girl Next Door (2004 film)[1]
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle never released in cinemas, passed for DVD release by Berjaya HVN[1]
2004 The Passion of the Christ the film's viewing was restricted solely to the Christian residents of the country.[1]
2004 Sideways [1]
2004 Team America: World Police banned because it was made by the creators of South Park, which itself is banned outright.[1]
2004−2010 The entire Saw series is banned due to very high-impact violence and cruelty [1]
2004 Alfie (2004 remake) never released in cinemas due to sexual content, passed for DVD release by Berjaya HVN[1]
2005 Ken Park banned due to very offensive content (sexual intercourse, masturbation, pornography, high impact violence with teens being active and passive participants of it)[1]
2005 Sin City banned due to high-level violence and sexual content.[1]
2005 Hustle & Flow [1]
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin banned due to heavy sexual themes[11]
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story banned for the same reason as Family Guy (offensive, politically incorrect humor)[1]
2005 Inside Deep Throat banned because it was a documentary on a film that was banned due to very offensive content (sexual intercourse, masturbation, pornography, etc.)[1]
2005 Hard Candy banned due to pedophilia references and scenes of violence and torture.[1]
2005 Hostel banned due to very high impact violence and offensive depictions of cruelty.[1]
2005 Rent banned for having homosexual characters; was released straight to DVD/VCD by Mediamax.com[1]
2005 Brokeback Mountain banned for its "favorable" depiction of homosexuality[1]
2006 Glory Road[1]
2006 See No Evil [1]
2006 Severance film was allowed in theatres in a censored version, but the bear trap scene was removed. The video version was initially banned and had no DVD release.[1]
2006 Borat [1]
2007 Alpha Dog [11]
2007 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters [1]
2007 Hostel: Part II banned due to very high impact violence and cruelty.[1]
2007 Dead Silence [1]
2007 Superbad [1]
2007 Captivity [1]
2007 Death Sentence [1]
2007 Halloween 2007 remake[1]
2007 I Don't Want to Sleep Alone banned based on 18 counts of incidents shown in the film depicting the country "in a bad light" for cultural, ethical, and racial reasons. However, they later allowed the film to be screened in the country after Tsai agreed to censor parts of the film according to the requirements of the Censorship Board.[12]
2008 Anaconda 3: Offspring banned due to very high-impact violence and cruelty.[1] However the big screen versions to the series, Anaconda (1997) and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) are allowed.
2008 Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead [1]
2008 Waltz with Bashir [1]
2008 Wanted passed for home video release by Berjaya HVN and United International Pictures Malaysia.
2008 Step Brothers [1]
2008 Crooked Business [1]
2008 Pineapple Express banned due to heavy drug themes[1]
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno banned due to strong sexual content[1]
2008 Role Models banned due to disgusting behavior and crude humor[1]
2008 RocknRolla [1]
2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera [1]
2009 Brüno banned due to strong sexual themes, including scenes of homosexuality and sexually deviant behavior[1]
2009 Anaconda 4: Trail of Blood banned due to high-impact violence and cruelty[1] However the big screen versions to the series, 'Anaconda (1997) and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) are allowed.
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto[1] banned due to strong sexual content and graphic nudity.
2009 Halloween 2 (2009 sequel to remake)[1]
2009 Paranormal Activity banned due to horror and supernatural themes[1]
2010 Rumah Dara aka Macabre[13]
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 banned due to horror violence and paranormal themes[1]
2011 No Strings Attached passed in a heavily censored version (seven minutes censored) in 2011, due to sexual and nude content[1]
2011 Friends with Benefits banned due to its sexual content[1]
2012 A Serbian Film banned due to extremely high impact violence (a lot of which is sexual), scenes of blood and gore, and abhorrent sexual practices (pedophilia, especially)[1]
2012 Piranha 3DD[1]
2013 Vishwaroopam[14] shown in local cinemas on 24 January 2013, but the approval was withdrawn the next day, in accordance with a directive from the Home Ministry following concerns from the public that the film portrays Islam in a negative light. Malaysian authorities lifted the ban on 19 February 2014 however, after several scenes were cut.
2013 Race 2 banned for showcasing underworld crime in Turkey[1]
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street banned for scenes of sex, drug abuse, and offensive language.[15]
2014 Banglasia (猛加拉杀手)[16] the film was heavily criticised by the LPF (Film Censorship Board) and KDN (Home Ministry department), which received 31 official notes and orders to re-shoot the movie.
2014 Noah banned due to religious content[1]
2014 The Raid 2: Berandal [1]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey banned due to strong sexual content and graphic nudity.[17]
2015 The Danish Girl [18]
2017 Beauty and the Beast Banned due to homosexual references in the movie. Disney rejected the Film Censorship Board's cuts[19]

Released without any cuts.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ a b c Never released in cinemas, but passed for a VCD release and delayed DVD release by Sunny Film Productions
  12. ^ "Cutting for change", TheStar Online, 14 May 2007.
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  16. ^ ""Banglasia" By Namewee Banned". Malaysian Digest. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Patrick Frater (February 4, 2015). "'Fifty Shades of Grey' Banned in Malaysia". Variety. Retrieved February 6, 2015. 
  18. ^ "'Danish Girl', film on sex-change operations banned by censorship board". 
  19. ^ "'Disney rejects cuts to Beauty And The Beast in Malaysia'". Straits Times, SPH. 15 March 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
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