Board claims 'Gurotesuku' innappropriate for auds
The British Board of Film Classification has banned the DVD release of Japanese helmer-scribe Koji Shiraishi’s “Gurotesuku” (Grotesque) for what it called violence so extreme that it was inappropriate for audiences.
The BBFC described the straight-to-DVD horror pic, distributed in the U.K. by 4Digital Media, as an “an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism.”
It said the movie’s scenes of torture — including amputation, castration and evisceration — made it impossible to edit the film in a way that would make it acceptable for British viewers.
The decision makes it illegal to sell or distribute the film in the U.K.
The pic, produced by Japan’s Ace Deuce Entertainment, Jolly Roger and Tornado Film, was released in Japan on Jan. 17.
The BBFC rates about 10,000 films for DVD release annually and has banned two in the past four years. Last year it rejected helmer-scribe Nick Palumbo’s 2004 movie “Murder Set Pieces.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)