HCM City’s cinemas ban children for the first time

October 21, 2007

HCM City’s cinemas ban children for the first time
17:24′ 19/10/2007 (GMT+7)

A scene in Ms. Muoi

VietNamNet Bridge – Today some cinemas in HCM City will introduce a US action film titled “Shoot’em up”, which is not for audiences of 16 years old and younger.

 

This is the first time cinemas in Vietnam have introduced a film that is not for children of less than 16 years old. According to the Vietnam Cinema Administration, this film has some scenes of violence that are not suitable for children.

 

However, some worry that as cinemas hang banners advertising this films with the words “Not for children of less than 16” children will be more curious to watch this film and this will also help speed up sales of illegal copies of this film.

 

This is the first test of cinemas controlling audiences based on their age.

 

If Shoot’em up is the first foreign film that is not for children of less than 16, Ms. Muoi will be the first domestic film with an age restriction.

 

Ms. Muoi will go to cinemas on December 12 and its advertising banners will also have “not for children of less than 16”.

 

The Vietnam Cinema Administration has recently introduced a draft regulation on film censorship, in which films are divided into two kinds: for audiences of over and under 16 years old.

 

The administration will collect opinions from film producers, experts, and related agencies about the draft regulation.

 

Some worry that if films are classified based on age, viewers will have to present ID cards at cinemas.

 

However, some film producers and directors support the draft regulation, and say that it is no problem to submit ID cards at cinemas and some countries do the same thing.

 

(Source: TP)

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