After the doling out the controversial X rating for the film Bliss, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has decided to reclassify it as R-18.
The better news: The Jerrold Tayog film can now be shown without cuts in cinemas! Yay!
Iza Calzado’s manager, Noel Ferrer, posted the latest development on his Instagram account, saying that the new MTRCB panel composed of Joey Romero, Bibeth Orteza, Gladys Reyes, Consoliza Laguardia, and Atty. Ogie Jaro, reversed the earlier classification and gave the film a unanimous R-18 without cuts.
It’s such great news because Iza, as we all know, recently won Best Actress at the Osaka Asian Film Festival for her work on Bliss.
The film was originally given an X due because of its adult themes, strong language, and scenes of graphic nudity, violence, and sexuality. And while that is so, Iza defended the movie saying “the graphic scenes did not intend to arouse. Instead, they intended to make audiences think.”
Something the movie won’t be able to do, had the X rating been upheld, because an X rating also means the movie cannot be shown to the public.
But that’s all water under the bridge now. Apart from the reclassification, Ferrer also announced that Tarog “may be preparing an R-16 version of the film to accommodate more audiences and more theaters.
“So, we may have two versions of this very controversial film, depending on your age-level. We’ll keep you posted,” he added.
Just last Monday, April 3, a special screening of the film was held at the University of the Philippines Cine Adarna.
Bliss opens May 10, 2017 in Philippine cinemas.
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