Erotic film ‘Nymphomaniac’ passes local censors uncut

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Mar 07, 2014 - Page 4

The Danish erotic drama Nymphomaniac has passed the Ministry of Culture’s censors without a single cut, mosaic or black bar to protect viewers’ innocence.

Spread out over two volumes, the four-hour film by Danish director Lars von Tier is set to be released in Taiwan on Friday with an “R” rating, meaning no admittance for viewers under 18.

The move by the nation’s relatively conservative censors means local audiences will be the first in Asia to see the whole film in theaters.

Film critic Hsi Kuan-chieh lauded the generous treatment, praising the ministry’s respect for the director and his work.

In an article released on Tuesday, Hsi implored the government to implement Taiwan’s four-tier ratings system, instead of removing content from the film.

Under the system, anyone under 18 is barred from seeing an R-rated film, while PG films are deemed suitable for viewers aged 12 and older, P films for those aged six and up, and G-rated features seen as appropriate for all ages.

While R-rated films are not uncommon in Taiwan, censors usually use mosaics or black bars to chasten scenes they deem excessively violent or sexual, sometimes cutting them out altogether.

Nymphomaniac, which tells the story of a middle-aged woman’s sex-charged life, has received generally positive reviews since it premiered in Denmark on Dec. 25 last year.

The English-language film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard and Stacy Martin, and features Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf and Christian Slater.