More sex films coming? Maybe not
The day few of us thought would come has arrived.
This week, a much-ballyhooed film, claimed to be the first soft-porn work shot in 3-D and part of a notoriously lurid Hong Kong franchise, will be released in Singapore cinemas.
Many will be wondering how it happened that a movie given Hong Kong’s Category III rating – a ranking synonymous with explicitly sexual or violent content – could be allowed here under Singapore’s R21 classification.
Have Singapore’s famously uptight film classification guidelines been suddenly relaxed? Could this be a replay of the early 1990s, when the newly introduced Restricted (Artistic) classification led to an inrush of soft-core titles, causing a backlash and a retightening of rules and the creation of the present R21 category?