Movie News: The Raid 2: Berandal banned in Malaysia

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The Raid 2: Berandal is completely banned by Malaysian film censorship board (apparently)

I’m fucking disappointed, I’m sure you are too if you’re a fan of the first film. Last week, I could still see the title listed on the coming soon sections in our local cinema websites then I realised it has suddenly disappeared just a day before its supposed opening. It turns out that the film is really banned and just like the Oldboy case, the local distributor of the film Nusantara Edaran Filem (NEF) has once again failed to communicate to the media and the public about this. Hell, they don’t even bother to reply any posts on their Facebook Page. The people had to enquire GSC and TGV cinemas to confirm that the release of the film has been cancelled due to “censorship issues”.

Seriously what is the deal with our beloved film censorship board? Why only decide to ban it days before its release? Why so many other similar films with probably worse violence were able to make it to Malaysian big screens? Some of which weren’t even censored at all, complete with nudity and brutal gore! And with that being said, it’s hard not to suspect that there’s some dodgy business going around in the industry here, and NEF probably just couldn’t afford it at times. Either that or the censorship board’s just incredibly inconsistent. You see, this is why some times we have no choice but to download films from the internet.

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The Raid 2: Berandal is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Indonesian film, The Raid: Redemption. It’s an awesome action thriller packed with non-stop gritty, brutal fight sequences. The martial arts choreography in the first film is just so fucking amazing that it puts Tony Jaa’s latest films to shame.

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      Apologies, I didn't review it as by the time I watched it, it was already released elsewhere for months, and months away from being released in Malaysia. So there wasn't much of a point for me to review it.

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