I really like this beautifully shot and choreographed action-fantasy/time travel yarn from Clarence Fok, the director of the moody Gun and Rose and the highly regarded Naked Killer . It is an ambitious, rich production that boasts
several stunning martial arts sequences and not a few jaw-dropping stunts. It is such an aesthetically rich and varied piece of entertainment that it never fails to please.
Biao is excellent as the naive palace guard who comes into contact with
sweet-natured callgirl Maggie Cheung. He is totally believable as the fish out of water and stunning when asked to demonstrate his extraordinary physical skills. A fight atop a crane is masterful, as is a snow-bound sword fight, a duel inside a museum
and a heart-stopping leap over a speeding car on a freeway. Yuen Wah, whose character warms immediately to 20th century firearms and criminality, is also amazing in his demanding, bone-punishing role.
Fok, who always brings a strong visual style
to his movies, directs the sometimes brutal action with consummate professionalism and fills the cast list with memorable character actors and assorted beauties. A great score helps, too.
The cuts were applied to a rape scene when MIHK video version was submitted in 1997
Ichi the Killer is a 2001 Japan action crime comedy by Takashi Miike. Starring Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ômori and Shin'ya Tsukamoto.
The film was substantially cut by the BBFC for all UK releases. THE US MPAA Unrated version is the uncut Director's Cut but there is also a cut MPAA R rated Version. Banned in Norway and Malaysia, and temporarily banned in Germany.
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara
has only dreamed of.
I have come away with the impression that Miike is a brilliant filmmaker capable of forcing extreme reactions from his viewers. Hollywood should take note of this guy and bring him over here for a project
or two. Miike's warped visions would send American censors scrambling for a sedative, and most mainstream viewers would recoil from the graphic nature of this director's films.
A word of warning for those thinking of
indulging in "Ichi the Killer": the movie is loaded with sadism, gore, black comedy, and all around unpleasantness. It's a tough watch, even for a gore fan.
A full digital restoration of the director's cut of ICHI THE KILLER was undertaken by Emperor MotionPictures in 2017. A new transfer was created in 4k resolution from a 35mm inter-negative at L'Immagine Ritrovata in
Bologna, Italy. It was then digitally restored and colour graded in 4K resolution. With a running time of 128 minutes, this restored version of ICHI THE KILLER, as personally approved by Takashi Miike, is presented it its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
The Director's Cut was 18 for strong scenes of violence and bloodshed after 3:15s of compulsory BBFC cuts for:
2009 Showbox R2 DVD
2007 Medusa/E1 R2 DVD
2004 Medusa/E1 Special Collector's Box R2 DVD
2003 Medusa/E1 R2 DVD
2002 cinema release
The BBFC explained the cuts:
The BBFC has required 11 cuts (approximately three and a quarter minutes of screen time) to the Japanese cinema film Ichi the Killer . The
cuts have been made to remove extreme sexualised violence. These are the most substantial cuts required by the BBFC to an 18 rated film since 1994.
The Board's main concern is with content which is likely to promote harmful activity. The Board's
Guidelines constrain, in particular, depictions which eroticise or appear to endorse sexual violence. Of specific concern are sexual images in a violent context which are designed to titillate. The Guidelines take account of academic research which
indicates that violence when mixed with explicit sexual images (women forcibly stripped, shots which linger on naked breasts or genitalia during rape or assault) may produce a harmful response in some viewers.
The scenes cut from Ichi the
Killer include naked women being sexually mutilated or beaten or killed. They contain images of erotically explicit violence which have never been passed by the BBFC at any classification level.
Ichi the Killer is a live
action film based on a popular Japanese manga comic. Ichi, who has unusual powers, is caught in a conflict between two rival yakuza gangs. The film taken as a whole belongs to a genre of vivid fantasy violence which has been part of Japanese cinema for
many years. The Board does not consider that the cartoon-like damage perpetrated by male gangsters on one another in the rest of the film is likely, at the adult classification level, to inspire emulation. However, this contrasts sharply with the
eroticized scenes of violence against female characters which the Board has cut. These scenes appear to the Board to have no function other than the pleasure of the onlooker.
An Idiot Abroad is a 2010 UK TV documentary comedy. With Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
UK: AN edited Version was passed 15 for strong language for without BBFC
2012 2Entertain RB Blu-ray
2012 2Entertain R2 DVD
It was passed 15 uncut a few weeks earlier but seems to be one of batch of DVDs resubmitted by 2Entertain when jokes about children were being deleted. This is as a result of sensitivity arising from the Jimmy Savile scandal.
The Idiots is a 1998 Danish comedy by Lars Von Trier. With Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus and Anne Louise Hassing.
Uncut in the UK. Real sex was censored in the US R rated version with black bars. Noted for a rare sight of a naked penis on UK television.
Summary Review : Actual Intercourse
The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the inner idiot in themselves.
Shot with handheld digital cameras and using natural lighting and
natural locations, THE IDIOTS possesses an urgency that makes it feel like a documentary. Von Trier sparked a heated controversy with his decision to film the sex scenes with actual intercourse, adhering to the Dogme tenets. (He hired porn actors for the
close-ups.) This controversy aside, the film nonetheless raises questions about cultism, modern ethics, and the idea of individuality within the absurdity of the characters' world.
Stoffer is the leader of the group and he orders a
gang bang to take place for his birthday -- here is where we have our unsimulated sex. There are shots of sexual penetration and group sex. There is an erect willy in a shower scene.
The film featured full frontal nudity (male and female)
and a graphic orgy scene with penetration shots. Thankfully this was relatively brief and was followed by a tender love scene between two of the younger members of the group with obvious strong feelings for each other. The film was not as offensive as
its subject matter suggested though it was not an easy film to like as it didn't make any good points about the disabled and their place in society. The film focused instead on a group of people who really should have known better. D
UK: Passed 18 uncut for for coarse language and strong sexual detail:
If.... is a 1968 UK drama by Lindsay Anderson. With Malcolm McDowell, David Wood and Richard Warwick.
Cut by the BBFC for 1968 cinema release. Additional cuts for an AA rated cinema
release in 1971. The Original Cinema Version was released to home video and this is now the best available version. Also cut in the US for an R rating
In an indictment of the British public school
system, we follow Mick and his mostly younger friends through a series of indignities and occasionally abuse as any fond feelings toward these schools are destroyed. When Mick and his friends rebel, violently, the catch phrase, "which side would you
be on" becomes quite stark.
The original cinema version was passed 15 for strong violence without further BBFC cuts for:
The film had problems with the censor. The main problem was the sequence where Mrs Kemp (Mary
MacLeod) appears nude, including one shot in a corridor where her pubic hair can be seen. The only precedent for this on British screens was the Swedish film Hugs and Kisses, where a scene of female full-frontal nudity had provoked controversy a year or
so earlier. Secretary of the BBFC, John Trevelyan, struck a bargain with Anderson: if he removed shots of male genitalia from the shower scene, Trevelyan would not cut Mrs Kemp's nude scene. Anderson went along with this, the film received an X
certificate uncut, and the shower scene remains as-edited to this day.
US: Cut for an R rating
There are doubts about whether the US Criterion edition is the original cinema
version. Possibly it has retained old US censor cuts.
submitted 111:09s =106:42s
UK: The original cinema version was passed AA (14)
after an additional BBFC cut for:
If These Walls Could Talk is a 1996 USA TV movie by Cher and Nancy Savoca.
Starring Demi Moore, Shirley Knight and Catherine Keener.
BBFC cuts were required for 1997 15 rated VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
A trilogy of stories set in the same house, but with different occupants and
spanning over 40 years, deals with various women and moral crisis over unexpected pregnancies and their choice of abortion. In 1952, when abortion was illegal, a nurse deals with her unexpected pregnancy and takes drastic measures to get one. In 1974 a
family housewife with four children discovers that she's pregnant and decides she can't handle another child to raise. In 1996, a pregnant college student decides on an abortion, but doesn't realize the means to go through to get one.
Iguana with the Tongue of Fire is a Italy/France/West Germany giallo by Riccardo Freda. With Luigi Pistilli, Dagmar Lassander and Anton Diffring.
Banned by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release. Uncut in the US
Summary Review: Brutal Gaillo
In Dublin, a young woman is brutally murdered in her home by a maniac that throws acid in her face and then slits her throat with a razor. The Swiss Ambassador, who was the dead woman's
lover, refuses to cooperate with the police due to his diplomatic immunity. John Norton, an ex-cop famed for his brutal working methods, is brought in to help and gets too deeply involved when he starts an affair with the Ambassador's beautiful
step-daughter, Helen. Meanwhile, the brutal killings continue.
Dragon Destiny is a Japan action animation comedy by Masashi Kudô. Starring Yűko Kaida, Masumi Asano and Satoshi Hino.
The film is uncut but the disk extras for the 2011 release were cut.
The BBFC explained:
Cuts required to DVD extras for an anime series, to remove sight of an animated naked child presented in a sexualised manner, within a sexualised context, and which has the potential to encourage a
sexual interest in children.
I'll Never Die Alone is a 2008 Argentina / Spain horror thriller by Adrián García Bogliano. Starring Gimena Blesa, Marisol Tur and Magdalena De Santo.
Exists as an Original Version and an Extended Sleaze Version. Redemption
lined up a UK release in 2013 but it was cancelled presumably for censorship reasons.
A violent thriller set in the outback of remote La Plata region, I'LL NEVER DIE ALONE (aka NO
MORIRE SOLA) is a tough and pounding story of revenge for rape, mercilessly carried out by a group of women intent on pursuing their attackers to the bitter end
Extended Sleaze Version
Austria: The Extended Sleaze Version is uncut for:
I'll Never Forget What's'isname is a 1967 UK comedy drama by Michael Winner. Starring Oliver Reed, Orson Welles and Carol White.
Cut by the BBFC for 1967 X rated cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated for
2016 DVD. A notable censorship history in the US as the refused MPAA Seal of Approval is reported to have contributed to the end of the production code in favour of a rating system.
Advertising golden boy Andrew Quint is fed up with his fabulously successful life. In very dramatic fashion, he quits his job to return to writing for a small literary magazine. He wants to leave his former life behind, going as far as saying good-bye to his wife and mistresses. He finds, however, that it's not so easy to escape the past.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong sex references, bloody images with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
From IMDb. The film was denied a MPAA seal of approval due to a scene between Oliver Reed and Carol White that implied oral sex. Universal distributed the film through a subsidiary that was not a signatory to the MPAA.
Along with a similar scene in
Charlie Bubbles (1967), this helped to bring about the end of the Production Code and its replacement with a ratings system.
submitted 98:39s =94:42s
UK: Passed X (18) after compulsory cuts for:
1967 cinema release titled I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name
From IMDb. The BBFC originally requested the complete removal of Josie's single use of the word 'fucking' for the film's cinema release. A compromise was reached between the censors and Michael Winner, and instead the word was partly obscured by the
sound of a car horn.
Ilsa , She Wolf of the SS is a 1974 US/W Germany film by Don Edmonds. With Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Knoph and Tony Mumolo.
Banned by the BBFC for 1975 and 1976 cinema release. Not submitted since. Uncut and Unrated in the US
Summary Review : Brutal
This film takes place in a
Nazi concentration camp dedicated to pseudo medical experimentation on its prisoners. Ilsa, the commandant is portrayed in ruthless fashion by the stunning Dyanne Thorne. Thorne designs and carries out the most excruciatingly painful and torturous
experiments on her helpless victims.
Thorne is the essence of cruelty for cruelty's sake. Thorne is the screen's incarnation of pure evil. I can think of no other film that is as disturbing as this one. The explicit sadism
portrayed in this film may or may not have actually occurred as depicted. But unthinkable sadism, torture, cruelty and debauchery did actually occur in Nazi camps.
This is an unbelievably difficult film to watch because
the brutality depicted is extremely graphic. After viewing this film I was shocked and I had a feeling of just how brutal the Nazis actually were.
Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks is a
1976 Canada/US women in prison film by Don Edmonds. With Dyanne Thorne, Max Thayer and Jerry Delony.
Banned by the BBFC from 1973 cinema release. Unbanned and uncut in 2013.
The US R rated version is heavily cut for violence
Summary Review : Resplendent in khaki shorts
Dyanne Thorn returns in the storming sequel to She Wolf
, and it seems to have been given a budget boost, as the setting moves to an Arabian oils sheik's kingdom in the middle of the desert, where Ilsa presides over his palace as right hand security guard and keeper of his harem of kidnapped beauties.
The film doesn't quite match the excesses of the first film in bad taste, and the camp comedy elements have all been increased, but there are still many gruesome scenes as the harem women are abused and tortured for
various reasons, including a pretty revolting sub-plot to assassinate the sheik by deploying a bomb placed inside a woman's body that will detonate during sex!
Uniform fans will be pleased to see Ilsa resplendent in her
khaki shorts and boots, but she does not have the same presence as in the previous film because she is herself punished at one point by despotic sheik, and its a shame to see that the film recycles her weakness of falling in love with a hunky American,
which once again leads to her downfall.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, nudity and scenes of sexualised
2013 Lions Gate video
The BBFC commented in the Annual Report covering 2013:
Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks was refused a certificate when it was originally submitted to the BBFC in 1977. In 2013 it was submitted on video for DVD release and passed 18 without cuts. While there are scenes in which women
are abused and experimented upon with a love machine , these now appear dated and unrealistic and do not raise credible harm concerns.
When Satin and Velvet deliver a death blow to their victim, the camera lingering over the victims' bloodied face and screams has been removed. A few minutes later a few frames have been removed when a bag of body parts are emptied out the harem
In the teeth removal scene , shots of blood dripping onto feet as the little white tootsies hit the floor have been purged.
A full sequence of 1:11s is completely cut, ie the sadistic torture sequence in which a hapless
whore's breasts are clamped in a medieval style vice.
Missing shots of ants eating into flesh
Omitted shots of a gouged eye socket
The most infamous scene of the movie (and arguably the whole ILSA series) the exploding dildo
sequence suffered numerous snips. Most notably Ilsa inciting the inevitable carnage with her demands of faster and deeper have been removed along with various shots of the victim's moans of pleasure. Obviously the brief but potent shot of
penetrated detonation itself simply skips to blood hitting for El Sharif's face.
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
1973 cinema release
Presumably there is a date error in the BBFC database as the ban is 3 years before the worldwide release
Ilsa the Wicked Warden is a 1977 US/Germany/Switzerland women in prison film by Jesus Franco. With Dyanne Thorne & Tania Busselier.
Cut by the BBFC for DVD. In the US there is an uncut Unrated Version and a
cut R rated versions
Summary Review: Sleaze Maintained
Ilsa, now a vicious warden, runs a mental-hospital for young women. A girl deliberately checks in to the
hospital to find out what has happened to her sister who stayed there.
It's not like the plot is all that important; it serves merely as the most tenuous of threads with which Franco can tie together his usual penchant for nudity,
depraved violence, and ham fisted dialogue. One thing is for certain: Ilsa, the Wicked Warden easily maintains the sleaze factor established in the first two films.
See article from sexgoremutants.co.uk . All scenes including frontal
nudity have been roughly excised, even where essential dialogue has fallen victim too. Non-nude sexual violence has been retained though.
UK: Passed 18 for very strong language, sex and violence after 2:31s of BBFC cuts for:
2004 Anchor Bay R2 DVD
The BBFC commented:
Cuts required to remove scenes of sadistic and sexualised violence
Heavy edits to an extensive scene where male guards rape some of the prisoners in the clinic supposedly in the name of prisoner therapy.
Cuts to Ilsa whipping a chained naked woman
Cut scene of a naked woman being suffocated by Ilsa
with a plastic bag.
Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia is a 1977 Canada horror by Jean LaFleur. With Dyanne Thorne, Michel-René Labelle and Gilbert Beaumont.
submitted to the BBFC until 2013 when it was passed 18 uncut
Summary Review: Cold Hearted
Siberia 1953: Ilsa is now working in a Gulag prison camp. Her mission is to retrain the minds of those
who don't agree with the communists. When Stalin dies, the camp closes down, Ilsa and the guards kill the prisoners and leave. Ilsa moves on to brothel keeping in Toronto. Her Russian past soon catches up with her.
Not as nasty as
previous instalments. There's some gore, plenty of soft core sex and silly dialogue to keep the viewer entertained.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, nudity and gory images for:
2013 Lions Gate video
The 4th film in the Ilsa series wasn't previously submitted to the BBFC. Distributors had probably given up trying after so much censorship hassle with the other Ilsa films
I'm a Porn Star is a 2013 Canada / USA gay comedy biography by Charlie David. Starring Rafael Alencar, Mark Bessenger and Laurie Betito.
I'm a Porn Star follows the lives of guys in the neighborhood who are likely a lot more famous than you - at least on the Internet. There are an estimated 370 million pornographic websites
on-line. Porn is now a thirteen BILLION dollar business. So who's doing all this moonlighting? Turns out -- probably some people you know.
UK: Passed 18 for strong sex, nudity, sex references after 2:21s of BBFC category cuts for:
2014 Tla Releasing R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 29th September 2014
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to remove a number of shots showing explicit pornography in order to achieve an 18 classification. An uncut R18 classification was available.
I watched this film because I enjoy camp movies for what they are. The problem that this movie has is, that while it tries
to be a campy, cult film (a bit too hard, judging from the title), it commits the unforgivable sin of being boring. This movie had me begging for the end to arrive. Avoid this film at all costs. It has no redeeming features of any sort. (OK, the girls
are fairly attractive; but you will quickly forget that as the pain of the film begins.)
Impostor is a 2001 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Gary Fleder. With Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe and Vincent D'Onofrio.
The Theatrical Version was cut for a US PG-13 versions. The uncut Director's Cut is R rated
Originally a 30 minute portion for an anthology film, Impostor was retooled into a full length
feature film. Based on the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name, it follows the lead character Spencer Olham's quest to regain his identity after being suspected as an alien android, in an future Earth at war with aliens that use the androids as
bombs to destroy their enemies homeworlds.