"Fifty Shades of Grey" is all set for worldwide release but it will not be screened in Malaysia as the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) has banned, dubbing it as pornography rather than a movie.
LPF Chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid has said that "Fifty Shades of Grey" will not be screened in Malaysia owing to its pornographic and unnatural sexual content, according to a report by Variety.
"(The film is) more pornography than a movie ... The board made a decision in view of the film containing scenes that are not of natural sexual content. The content is more sadistic, featuring scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped," Abdul Hamid said in a statement.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is an erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles with Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle and Rita Ora in supporting roles. It is based on E. L. James' best-selling book with the same name.
The novel is about a couple, played by Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, indulging in bondage sex. The 100-minute movie reportedly has 20 minutes of sex, which is a lot of time for a normal movie, but it's said to me much lesser than in movie content.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is one of the most-awaited movies of 2015. It will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on 11 February before hitting the theatres the next day, Thursday.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has announced that the movie will have two sequels with the first one to be released in 2016.