'Bliss' producers to appeal X rating


Posted at Apr 04 2017 05:15 PM

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Jerrold Tarog and Iza Calzado speak to the crowd at the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival. Photo from Bliss' Facebook page

MANILA - The director and the producers of the psychosexual thriller "Bliss" will appeal the X rating it received from the Movie And Television Review And Classification Board (MTRCB).

The film from "Heneral Luna" director Jerrold Tarog was rated X by MTRCB. According to newly appointed MTRCB chief Rachel Arenas, two out of the three board members who reviewed the film slapped it with an X rating, while one gave it an R-18. 

Tarog said they will submit their appeal to the MTRCB on Wednesday.

"Ang sinasabi ng X rating ay walang adult sa Philippines. We're all children. Marami pa akong pwedeng sabihin about this kaso maga-appeal pa kami sa Wednesday so I'll save all of that for Wednesday," he said during the film's free screening at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman on Monday.

For Tarog, viewers should be given a choice.

"That's the most important word for tonight, actually. It's choice. You made the choice to come here and see the movie. And after you see the movie, you have the choice of liking it, hating it. You have the choice of raving about it to your friends, or walking out of here in disgust. Lahat 'yun choice niyo," he said.

"In short, you have the choice of making up your own mind about the movie. Because what an X rating does is basically it says na lahat ng Filipino from 18 years old to 118 years old, whether you are conservative or liberal, religious or not religious, lahat kayo hindi kayang panoorin 'yung 'Bliss.' At lahat kayo ay mako-corrupt ang utak niyo dahil may nakahubad na babae dito na nagma-masturbate. 'Yun ang sinasabi ng X rating," Tarog added.

Tarog, likewise, said he is not only fighting for "Bliss" but for other filmmakers who might get a similar rating for their work in the future.

"Tandaan niyo na lang na, kahit pa maraming rating diyan, actually dalawa lang naman 'yung choice. It's between the freedom to make up your own mind about the movie and complete censorship," he added.