Motion Picture Rating Systems

Ratings are not the be-all, end-all for Derby selection

Last year's Derby-winning trainer, Tony Millard, obviously had his own view after the final race on Sunday with regards to the classic this year, when he was heard to muse in the aftermath that there were 'a lot of expensive mistakes there'.

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012, 12:00am

Now TV fined HK$150,000

30 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Watchdog drafts first movie industry law

The mainland's media watchdog has drafted the country's first movie industry law that once approved will introduce a hotly debated rating system but uphold a ban on films with adult content.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Film ratings law a small, positive step for mainland

In places like Hong Kong, a movie rating system aims to shield children from harmful material and satisfy community standards. On the mainland, however, film censorship is more an instrument of state control. It is used not only to enforce public morality but also to suppress political opinions and some forms of artistic expression.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Board unfair in handling of 'toothpick' site, court hears

A Swire subsidiary defending a controversial development in the Mid-Levels says the Town Planning Board did not look at the big picture for the Seymour Road project.

International Trader wants to build a 54-storey building - nicknamed 'the toothpick' by its opponents - on a parcel of land that is sandwiched between unrestricted zones, which the company also owns.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hollywood East

The amazing thing about the celebrity sex picture mess is not its unprecedented explicitness, the scandalous web of Hong Kong stars and pop idols ensnared, or the bizarre round of rumours about the source of the leak and the comeuppance awaiting the protagonists in this twisted epic farce. No, the truly unbelievable part is that Hong Kong politicians felt the need to comment on it.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Depraved? Modern viewers get chance to see for themselves


Depraved, shocking, perverted, disgusting, immoral - these are just some of the words applied to the films comprising the Barbican Centre's new season, Seduced: Sex and Censorship in the Cinema.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Coarse film cleared for children to see

The broadcasting watchdog has taken the unusual step of allowing a Hong Kong film that includes strong language to be seen by people of all ages in local cinemas

Exodus, which is directed by Edmond Pang Ho-cheung and began its run this week, has been classified as a Category IIB film by the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Film studies: Plumbing the deaths

The usual cultural suspects have been rounded up in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, with Hollywood under renewed scrutiny after Cho Seung-Hui's rampage left 32 people dead. Claims that the bloody South Korean revenge movie Oldboy may have served as inspiration to Cho re-opened a debate about whether violent films cause violent acts.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Film rating system on hold

Expectations that a film classification system will be introduced soon have been dashed by an official who says there is no timetable for the complex scheme.

13 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Outmoded act

No nipples please, but any amount of blood-letting is fine. That is how the Thai film censorship board operates, much to the frustration not only of the moviemakers but also the moviegoers.

16 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Pointless fuzzy bits

Please enlighten me Hong Kong censors, as to why you do not consider your citizens mature enough to view the uncensored version of The Human Body on Discovery Channel at 10pm every Wednesday.

This documentary is of an undisputed, world-class standard, with superb filming of the developing foetus marred only by our censors placing fuzzy bits over the pregnant woman's body.

4 May 2001 - 12:00am

Strict censorship backed

More than 40 per cent of people consider the film classification system too lenient, and only 17 per cent say it is too strict, a survey by the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority found. However, 94 per cent of the 617 people questioned thought the overall classification standards were acceptable.

12 Dec 2000 - 12:00am


I refer to the letter headlined, 'Sights not for young eyes', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on September 14.

It is really frustrating for parents who try every means to choose suitable films for their children only to fail when the curtain is up.

20 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Parental choice for Category II

We refer to the letter on April 24 'Shocking sight in cinema' in the South China Morning Post.

The Television and Entertainment Licensing authority of Hong Kong has clearly set film classification into four categories. The four classifications are applicable to film, videotape and laser disc. The classifications are: Category I : Suitable for all ages.

11 May 1999 - 12:00am