Here's why Iza Calzado's psycho-thriller Bliss got X rating from MTRCB

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Bliss producers, TBA Studios, will appeal for a second review of the movie after it was given an X rating by the MTRCB.


Iza Calzado-starrer movie titled Bliss gets an “X” rating from Movie and Television Review Board.

This means that film is not allowed to be shown in public.

Iza's talent manager, Noel Ferrer, wrote in his column in Abante Tonite today, March 29, that Jerrold Tarog's psycho-thriller movie contains "explicit nudity scenes."

Based on the implementing rules and regulations of MTRCB, a film will be disapproved for public viewing because of the following reasons:

“a. The average person, applying contemporary community standards and values, would find that the dominant theme of the work, taken as a whole appeals solely to the prurient interest and satisfies only the craving for gratuitous sex and/or violence.

“b. The film depicts in a patently lewd, offensive, or demeaning manner, excretory functions and sexual conduct such as sexual intercourse, masturbation and exhibition of the genitals.

“c. The film clearly constitutes an attack against any race, creed, or religion.

“d. The film condones or encourages the use of illegal drugs and substances.

“e. The film tends to undermine the faith and confidence of the people in their government and/or duly-constituted authorities.

“f. The film glorifies criminals or condones crimes.

“g. The film is libelous or defamatory to the good name and reputation of any person, whether living or dead.

“h. The film may constitute contempt of court or of a quasi-judicial tribunal, or may pertain to matters which are subjudicial in nature.”

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sought the director's comment on MTRCB's rating for his movie. However, he has not yet replied to our message via Facebook messenger this morning.

In a statement sent to PEP, TBA STUDIOS said they will be submitting an appeal for a second review of the movie.

The statement read: “We understand and respect the decision of the MTRCB reviewing committee regarding the film Bliss. We are currently going through the process of submitting an appeal for a second review and hope for a more favorable result.”

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Iza won Best Actress at the Osaka Film Festival 2017 for this movie.

Bliss is supposed to open in local cinemas on May 10, 2017.



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