MANILA, Philippines -- The psychological thriller "Bliss," which was originally slapped with an X rating by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), has been reclassified as R-18 and passed without cuts.
This after director Jerrold Tarog and the film's producers submitted their appeal to the MTRCB on Wednesday.
Noel Ferrer, the manager of the film's star Iza Calzado, confirmed the news in a post on Instagram.
According to Ferrer, the new MTRCB panel composed of Joey Romero, Bibeth Orteza, Gladys Reyes, Consoliza Laguardia and Atty. Ogie Jaro reversed the earlier classification and gave the film a
"unanimous" R-18 rating without cuts.
"Bliss" was originally rated X for scenes featuring prolonged frontal nudity, excessive violence, and masturbation.
Ferrer also hinted that Tarog "may be preparing an R-16 version of the film to accommodate more audiences and more theaters."
"So, we may have two versions of this very controversial film, depending on your age-level. We'll keep you posted," he wrote.
"Bliss" made its premiere early this month at the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival, where Calzado was awarded the prestigious Yakushi Pearl Award for her performance. It also stars Ian Veneracion.
"Bliss" is one of the Tarog's newest projects following the massive success of "Heneral Luna," the highest grossing Filipino historical film of all time.
With the new rating, "Bliss" will be shown in theaters starting May 10 as originally scheduled.