'Fifty Shades' receives R-18 rating in PH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2015 10:11 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2015 06:19 AM

MANILA - United International Pictures announced on Thursday that the much-anticipated film adaptation of best-selling novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey," will be shown in local theaters.

It received a R-18 rating from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) following rumors that it would be banned from the country.

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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson stars in the film adaptation of the best-selling book. Photo: Handout

The government agency warned moviegoers that the film may contain "scenes of nudity, strong and/or sexual language, and sexual aberrational behavior with elements of bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism."

The MTRCB also said the film will feature noticeable blurs and screen blocks introduced by the film producer.

Under the classification, minors will not be allowed to view the film, which will open in Philippine theaters on Feb. 11.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, "Fifty Shades of Grey" will star television actor Jamie Dornan as billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson as a college student named Anastasia Steele.

"In many respects, Christian and Ana's story is a love story of the most straightforward kind," said Taylor-Johnson in a statement.

"It's about two people falling in love and negotiating what they will and won’t do for each other, what they will and won’t give up and what journey they will go on," she added.

According to United Pictures Entertainment, the film's first trailer was YouTube's most-watched movie trailer in 2014.