Iza Calzado's new psychological thriller Bliss has been subject of controversy after being given an X rating by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). Bliss, directed by Jerrold Tarog, was given the rating for it was "deemed unfit for exhibition in local theaters and TV supposedly for scenes featuring prolonged frontal nudity, excessive violence, and masturbation." [via ABS-CBN]
During a press conference yesterday, Iza, who recently won the Best Performer award for the film at the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival, questioned the MTRCB's decision by bringing up their rating of the erotic film Fifty Shades Darker:
"Why was it shown? It tackles only love and S&M. Our film, I would like to think, tackles more than that. It tackles abuse in society, not just in being an artista."
ICYDK, Fifty Shades Darker was released in February without cuts, blurs, and blacked-out parts and was classified as R-18.
Iza further spoke about the film's subject matter:
"It's suppose[d] to wake you up about the cycle of abuse people go through in their lives. So these images that we will show you, they are not intended to arouse you, they are intended to disturb you and question things, make you think."
"Have we not educated them enough?" she said about adults who are 18 years old and above.
Bliss released an official statement yesterday saying that they are appealing to MTRCB for the film's second review:
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