Daily Xpress has a story.
According to the article, the ratings system is divided into seven categories:
- General Audiences -- No sex, abusive language or violence.
- Promote -- Films that should be promoted on the basis of cultural or artistic merit.
- 13 -- No violence, brutality, inhumanity, bad language or indecent gestures.
- 15 -- Some violence, brutality, inhumanity, bad language or indecent gestures will be allowed.
- 18 -- No exposed genitalia, crime or drugs.
- 20 -- Sex scenes are allowed but no exposed genitalia.
- Ban -- Films that offend the monarchy, threaten national security, hamper national unity, insult faiths, disrespect honourable figures, challenge morals or contain explicit sex scenes.
I am uncertain about the wording of the "18" classification. No "crime"? Really? None at all? That means that just about every movie that comes out can only be seen by viewers over 20, because just about every movie has some form of crime happening.
The "exposed genitalia" ban is also going to be problematic, so maybe they will still be doing pixellation censorship?
What about film festivals? Do all films shown by all the film festivals have to be submitted to the ratings board?
I wonder if there will be an official English translation of the draft law?
Prachya Pinkaew was among the directors sitting on the board that drafted the ratings regulations. The new rules govern the operation of the Film Act of 2007, which was approved in a flurry of lawmaking by the National Legislative Assembly in December 2007.
By the way, anybody want to guess what movie that image is from?
Update: Good comments coming in on this. Daily Xpress has a followup story on plans by the Film Directors Association to hold seminars to try and explain things and assure everyone that everything is going to be okay. Also, Red and White has thoughts. And Variety has an article, but it's just a rewrite of yesterday's Daily Xpress/Nation story.
(Via Daily Xpress, AsiaOne)