Up until tonight, I hadn’t realised how difficult it was to get your movie certified for release in Malaysia. I know. Crazy, isn’t it? I’m in my thirties, you know.

According to IMDB, there are 222 films currently on their banned list. You can see the list by clicking here. Or here. Doesn’t matter which. You could even click here. But not here, though. That would be stupid.

Anyway, to save you from clicking on any of those links immediately, let me first pull out some of the stranger members of that list:

  1. Ally McBeal
  2. Family Guy
  3. Pokemon
  4. Spider-Man (but both sequels seem to be okay — perhaps a problem with goblins?)
  5. Amistad
  6. Babe (yep — the one with the pig)
  7. Babe: Pig In The City (clearly learned their lesson following the Spider-Man fiasco)
  8. I Know Who Killed Me (presumably on point of principal)
  9. Lost In Translation
  10. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (just couldn’t resist the irony)

Now, I can’t see any theme here. It’s not like every film features a talking pig that masquerades as a sheep dog. Nor is it that every film has a final line whispered in someone’s ear so you come out of the cinema frustrated and a little cheated. So any Malaysian film censors out there, I’m up for being enlightened. And then banned.