Local film “Unlucky Plaza” has been set as the opening film of the revived Singapore Intl. Film Festival which kicks off in December.

To the surprise of many the crime caper was passed without cuts by the country’s strict censorship board and will play with an M18 rating for adult auds.

Director Ken Kwek’s previous anthology of shorts “Sex.Violence.FamilyValues” was initially banned, but was later reinstated on appeal.

“Unlucky Plaza” is about a Filipino diner owner who, in hopes of solving his financial woes, takes a group of citizens into an upmarket home, and sparks a global media frenzy. It premiered last month in the Discovery section of the Toronto festival.

“I’m relieved about the M18 rating, and earnestly hope the authorities will stick to their decision this time,” Kwek said.