Dated: 22 March 2004
This will be the first film to be given this classification under the new film ratings to be implemented on 29 March 2004.
In view of the religious sensitivities, the Films Consultative Panel (FCP) met to review the film. The majority of the FCP members felt that the film gave a balanced account. The film did not distort or denigrate Christianity. Neither was it anti-Semitic. The panel felt that the film portrayed the suffering and pain that Jesus went through, and that the violence depicted was relevant under the circumstances.
The BFC also consulted religious leaders from the Christian and Jewish communities here.
Taking into account views from the FCP and the feedback from the religious leaders, and considering the prolonged and intense, graphic violence depicted in the film, the BFC has given "The Passion of the Christ" a M18 rating.
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Ms Wang Chee Yann
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