The film was denied a certificate by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF).
A release on Feb. 12 through United International Pictures has been cancelled.
The LPF chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said it is “more pornography than a movie.”
“The board made a decision in view of the film containing scenes that are not of natural sexual content. The content is more sadistic, featuring scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped,” Abdul Halim said.
The film features Jamie Dornan as a wealthy and intriguing businessman and Dakota Johnson as a virgin literature student who develop a relationship featuring bondage sex. The film is based on a best-selling novel by E.L. James.