Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.
The trailer for Lang Tong (Cantonese for "nice soup") is one-and-a-half minutes of steamy, raunchy debauchery. Sex, sex, bak kut teh, violence, sex, sex… one would have expected the Media Development Authority (MDA) to scramble for a ban, but the film – surprise surprise! – has been given an R21 classification, no cuts necessary.
The decision came as a surprise to director Sam Loh, who in 2004 had withdrawn his previous film, Outsiders, from screening because he would have been required to make cuts to it. “To be honest, I really didn’t expect it to be passed, (so) I guess you can say that censorship here has changed a bit from 10 years ago when I made Outsiders,” he told the Business Times.
Has censorship changed?
It stands to reason thatRead More »from COMMENT: Steamy 'Lang Tong' trailer sends mixed signals about censorship in Singapore