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Reform School Girls...

BBFC censors the title of the softcore version of a sex film

Link Here11th June 2023
Reform School Girls is a 2017 Canada hardcore lesbian film by Dana Vespoli
Starring Harley Jade, Sinn Sage and Charlotte Cross BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an R18 release in 2017 and cut again for a softcore 18 release in 2023 because of BBFC sensitivities over a title mentioning school girls.

Hardcore Version

BBFC uncut
run: 110m
pal: 106m
MPAA UnratedWorldwide: Hardcore Version: uncut for
BBFC cut
compulsory cuts
cut: 17s
run: 109:59s
pal: 105:35s
R18UK: Hardcore Version: BBFC R18 rated for strong images of real sex after 17s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
  • 2017 Simply Pleasure video titled Reform School Girls
The BBFC commented:
  • Cuts required to remove abusive and potentially harmful dialogue encouraging breath restriction.

Softcore Version

BBFC cut
cut: 15m
run: 95:11s
pal: 91:23s
18UK: Softcore Version: BBFC 18 rated for strong sex, nudity for strong sex, nudity after further BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 Salvation Films Blu-ray (rated 09/06/2023) titled Borstal Bitches

The BBFC commented:

This work had compulsory cuts made. Cuts were required to remove a title that encourages an interest in underage sexual activity.



The Bigger Boss...

The BBFC publishes details of the long awaited Mandarin Cut of the Bruce Lee film, The Big Boss

Link Here6th June 2023
The Big Boss is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts film by Wei Lo.
With Bruce Lee, Maria Yi and James Tien. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release and VHS. The cuts were waived in 2000, but not all DVD releases have used the uncut version. A longer Mandarin Cut resurfaced in 2023 with lost scenes, for example, the infamous saw in the head or Lee's second visit to the brothel.

Summary Review: Broken Oath of Non-Violence

A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

As one might expect, the whole movie is an excuse to show off Bruce Lee's moves, and they do a great job with it. There's not much in the way of an actual plot. They get straight down to the martial arts. Probably Bruce's most violent and bloody film.

Mandarin Cut

BBFC uncut
Mandarin Cut
run: 110:26s
pal: 106:01s
15UK: The Mandarin Cut: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong violence, bloody images, nudity, sexual threat:
  • 2023 cinema release (rated 25/05/2023)
UK: The Mandarin Cut: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2023 Arrow R0 4K Blu-ray
Mandarin Cut
run: 105:31s
pal: 101:18s
Australian Classification Board
Australia: A longer version was banned from cinema release in Australia in 1973

Thanks to Philip

Rumour is that in the early 70s a Mandarin language print was shown of a cut of the movie which was 5-10 minutes longer than the version widely distributed. How much of this is due to extra scenes or due to the fps rate of the print I couldn't find out.

Legend has it that there are extra scenes not available in the theatrical version, possibly some that have already surfaced on DVD such as the second visit to brothel etc, but most excitingly the uncut version of the icehouse / saw through the head scene.

Also apparently the violence in the movie was tamed prior to the general release of the film.

Only one print of this version is known to exist, but the owner has so far refused to distribute or sell the reels.

Standard Version

run: 99:58s
pal: 95:58s
BBFC 18 1982

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 with previous cuts waived for:
  • 2015 Mediumrare RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon
  • 2012 Cine-Asia Hong Kong Legends R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2006 Medusa/Hong Kong Legends R2 DVD
  • 2003 Medusa/Hong Kong Legends R2 DVD
  • 2000 Medusa/E1 R2 DVD
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

This version is described as:

mpaa cut
MPAA R US: Cut and MPAA R rated

From IMDb:

When the film was released in the United States, the death of Hsiao Mi, The Boss, was cut down to him simply being stabbed in the chest with a knife in order to receive an R rating. The original version of his death, which not only shows an explicit close-up of the knife in his chest but Cheng Chao-an's fingers piercing his rib cage and blood flowing from under his shirt, would have given the film an X rating. This scene has since been restored for the Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection DVD released by Fox, and the Shout Factory DVD/Bluray releases.
BBFC cut
cut: 8s
run: 98:22s
pal: 94:26s
BBFC 18 1982

X cert

UK: Passed 18 after 8s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2005 Universal R2 DVD
  • 1986 Rank VHS
  • 1974 cinema release.

From IMDb:

  • Heavy edits to the chain fight
  • removed shots of ice picks and knives being thrown into chests
  • kicks and blows during fight scenes.



Updated: Beau is afraid...

Afraid that maybe the UK will be releasing a cut version. Or maybe not

Link Here21st May 2023

Beau Is Afraid is a 2023 Canada/Finland/US comedy horror drama by Ari Aster
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey and Amy Ryan BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Following the sudden death of his mother, a mild-mannered but anxiety-ridden man confronts his darkest fears as he embarks on an epic, Kafkaesque odyssey back home.

Update: Thanks to Ben:

I saw the film at an early/preview screening in the UK with a BBFC 15 black card etc. It seems uncut to me. All the following possible cut scenes in your entry were included on-screen.

[ Spoilers! hover or click text below]

  • drinking paint

  • building-jump suicide (implied - it cuts straight to the aftermath of a corpse - seems a directing choice though)

  • extended/strong sex scene with a decent amount of nudity

  • 3 uses of cunt

The extra 50s could be distributor logos - given all the above, the UK version seems uncut.

Thanks to Scott:

The IFCO have passed the film with a running time of 178m 52s, practically the same as the NZ OFLC's 178m 50s. The BBFC have it at 178m 2s. It almost certainly is cut. The BBFC's website still doesn't list any cuts, however this could be a similar case to The Invisible Man in 2020 where cuts info was only added to the site once the film had been released.

US parental guide sites mention that the film contains several suicide scenes, including someone drinking paint and another person jumping from a building, with their head smashing open upon landing - the BBFC don't mention suicide at all in their short insight, so quite possibly this is what's been cut. The sex scene responsible for the Aussie R18+ sounds quite strong too, yet the BBFC have buried the mention of it in the middle of their short insight, so this is another candidate for cuts. Additionally, the film apparently contains several uses of the c-word, however the BBFC haven't mentioned very strong language in the short insight - it could be that they didn't have space for the phrase very strong given how much else is listed, which previously happened with Promising Young Woman, although this is very rare.

When the BBFC publishes its extended insight the situation will become clearer, but at the moment this looks to be a proper 90-style hack job, cut to bits for no reason. If it really is missing almost a minute I won't be wasting my time seeing it.


BBFC uncut
run: 178:52s
pal: 171:43s
Ireland 16
Ireland: A longer version has been passed 16 uncut for Strong violence and language throughout. Graphic injury detail portrayed. Some explicit scenes of a sexual nature. Use of illicit and legal drug and impact portrayed.
  • 2023 cinema release
BBFC uncut
short version
run: 178:02s
pal: 170:55s
15UK: Passed 15 for strong threat, violence, sex, drug misuse, language, nudity, injury detail:
  • 2023 cinema release



Rushed decisions...

Indian newspapers report that BBFC is taking its time to release an age rating for a controversial film, The Kerala Story

Link Here14th May 2023
The Kerala Story is a 2023 India historical drama by Sudipto Sen, Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Starring Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani and Sonia Balani IMDb

A converted Muslim woman Fatima Ba narrates her ordeal of how she once wanted to become a nurse but was abducted from her home and manipulated by religious vanguards, turned into an ISIS terrorist and landed in Afghanistan jail.

The Indian film Kerala Story got mysteriously pulled from UK cinema websites and all the tickets bought were refunded after it failed to get classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in time for its release. It was due to be released in Hindi and Tamil in 31 cinemas in the UK and Ireland on May 12. But out of the blue on Friday all UK cinemas stopped allowing sales of tickets from their websites and all shows were cancelled.

The BBFC said:

The Kerala Story is still going through our classification process. Once the film has received a BBFC age rating and content advice, it will be available to be screened in UK cinemas.

British Indians took to Twitter, eg:

Surely BBFC is not delaying as part of its move to appease the extremists? t

Suresh Varsani, director of the movie's UK distributor 24 SEVEN FLIX4U said:

It is very concerning. I gave them the film on Wednesday and there were three versions -- Hindi, Tamil and the Malayalam version. They watched one on Wednesday and the other two Thursday. Age classification is normally done on the day. He has been emailing the BBFC since Thursday and all they keep telling him is that compliance is reviewing it. On Friday he called them and they confirmed it won't get classified that day. I am very suspicious that they have not given a valid reason. Why do they need more time when they have had three days? I have never come across a situation like this where a film has not been classified when it is meant to be released.

USA, India, Australia and Canada and Ireland have all passed it.

Not everyone wants the movie released. OK Ki Report tweeted:

Never screen this film, it is actually made to spread mischief, its purpose is to spread hatred against Muslims for political gains.

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