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The 10 Most Censored 18 Certificate Films Since The British Board of Film "Classification" Became More Relaxed

When the Ferman dictatorship came to an end in 1999 the BBFC quickly became a more open and lenient organisation. These days most of the cuts made by the BBFC are for distributors who want a lower certificate, eg. an uncut 18/15 certificate may be available but the distributor asks for cuts to enable a 15/12 certificate to be given.

However, films continue to be cut for an 18 certificate, sexual violence and material that is deemed to contravene the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937 being the most common cause of BBFC interference at this level of certification, and in some cases films are still refused classification at all, the most recent example being, The Bunny Game (2010).

The list represents the ten most BBFC censored narrative features made after 1999 (some older films have still suffered heavier cuts than these when submitted to the BBFC post Ferman, eg. Emanuelle in America (1976) was cut by 4m 31s when classified in 2011) and does not include "sex works" (porn) or OVA (Original Video Animation), some of which have been heavily cut, eg. the La Blue Girl Returns Episodes 3 & 4 DVD had a whopping 24m 25s cut for an 18 certificate when passed in 2005, leaving the DVD with a running time of 41m 11s.

Please let me know if you think I have missed a film made after 1999 that has suffered greater BBFC cuts than those listed.

All details of cuts are taken from the BBFC website.

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  • While I don't particularly agree with the BBFC, I'm definitely with you in saying they've relaxed a bit.

    Cutting a scene where a Ninja Turtle uses SAUSAGES as nunchucks is inexcusable. haha

  • @sacred_cow
    Yes, the sausage nunchuk debacle is a particularly lamentable example of BBFC policy on martial arts weaponary under Ferman.

    For the uninitiated, the BBFC had a blanket ban on most martial arts weapons at the time and would cut even the sight of nunchuks, butterfly knives, throwing stars, etc.

    Another risible example of this is when No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) was classified in '86, the BBFC ordered cuts to a scene where a POSTER of Bruce Lee holding nunchuks can be seen!

  • They sure didn't like those nunchuks. I was obsessed with them as a 12 year old.

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