Iza Calzado's New Thriller Gets An 'X' Rating From The MTRCB

This means it might not be shown in local cinemas.
by Jacinda A. Lopez
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It was only two weeks ago when Iza Calzado made headlines after winning the Best Performer award for her film Bliss at the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan.


The Kapamilya actress' new psychological thriller was supposed to be released in the Philippines on May 10. However, it was announced on Facebook that the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) gave Bliss an X Rating—meaning, no public exhibition of the film is allowed.

Bliss is directed by Jerold Tarog and produced by TBA Productions (Heneral Luna, Sunday Beauty Queen, and I'm Drunk, I Love You).

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Interaksyon reports that Iza's manager, Noel Ferrer, "ascribed the rating to 'explicit nudity.'"

 In Bliss' one and a half minute trailer, we can conclude that it is disturbing, creepy, and definitely is not for the faint of heart. But it's X Rating—based only on its trailer—is pretty questionable.

Here's the synopsis of the film:

Bliss about an actress (Iza Calzado) who is on a verge of a career burnout. She's working on her dream film project when an accident befalls her on set and she finds herself trapped in a series of nightmares.

Interaksyon also notes that producers may still appeal the film's rating. As of publication, the producers of the film have yet to comment.

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