Must-See Foreign Films Banned Around the World

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Must-See Foreign Films Banned Around the World
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Indian actor Saif Ali Khan at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/

Pakistan has banned Saif Ali Khan's new film "Agent Vinod." The country claims that the film puts Pakistan in a bad light and contains extreme jingoism, according to Bollywood Hungama. Khan admits that the ban confuses him because the heroine of the film, played by Kareena Kapoor, is Pakistani and not a villain.

"Agent Vinod" is one of many films banned from country to country over the years. Sometimes the ban makes sense and is reasonable. Some bans are plain silly. It all depends on the culture and that country's history. Here are some other foreign films banned from abroad.

'Death Note' Banned in China

The "Death Note" film, anime, and manga have all been banned in parts of China, according to the Anime News Network. Students were making their own "Death Note" notebooks and writing the names of teachers they didn't like.

If you don't know the plot of "Death Note," simply writing a name means death from a heart attack. Of course, none of it is real, but cities in China felt that thoughts about killing people and pretending to kill them were bad for students' psyches.

That might seem silly to you, but in Belgium body parts were found with a note attached that read, "I am Kira."

'Ichi the Killer' Banned in Norway

"Ichi the Killer" is a disturbing film based on a disturbing manga. There is no disputing that. It's still worth watching. It seems strange more countries haven't banned the film, but that could be because it isn't well known throughout the world.

Norway banned "Ichi" because of its graphic content about a man who enjoys brutally harming others physically and mentally. It seems highly possible that other countries have banned the movie. Any information? Or does the world accept "Ichi the Killer" as a close look at mental instability at its most violent?

The Russian Film 'The Komissar' Banned in Russia

Production for "The Komissar" began in 1967 in the Soviet Union. The government requested many changes to the film to make it "appropriate," including making the revolution appear more heroic, births less real, and the removal of an entire plot about a Jewish family.

It wasn't until the late 1980s that "The Komissar" received the praise it deserved. Twenty years after its troubled production, the movie received several prestigious awards for its close, accurate look at war.

'Maladolescenza' Banned the World Over

Many countries have banned "Maladolescenza," known as "Spielen wir Liebe" in Germany, because of child pornography. The movie was made back in the 1970s and depicts three kids, as young as 12, in sexual and disturbing scenes.

Some call the film art. Others admit that a naked child in itself isn't porn, but having those children have sex on film is porn. Others claim "Maladolescenza" is disgusting no matter what, and it is sick to call it art.

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