‘Restricted Screening’ Ruled Unconstitutional, Korean Films to Get Racier

We can thank “Shortbus” (NSFW!) for helping the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court rule the “restricted screening” rating unconstitutional:

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the import and distribution of U.S. film “Shortbus,” ruling to annul the “restricted screening” rating imposed on the movie by the Korea Media Rating Board, on Thursday last week. Restricted screening virtually means a film cannot be screened in regular movie theaters. Thanks to the court’s ruling, “Shortbus” can be screened in cinemas. The controversial movie graphically portrays non-simulated sex scenes, such as group sex and masturbation. It has played at numerous domestic and international film festivals, and has been recognized for its artistic merits by critics.

The upside to all this?

Korean films are likely to feature more vivid depictions of sex from after the ruling. Sex scenes in Korean movies have gradually become more liberated, despite a constant struggle with the censorship system. The 1956 film “Liberated Madame” was the first to present female sexuality onscreen, and an age of erotic movies began with “Madame Aema” in 1982.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Now, one could certainly argue that “the age of erotic movies” that began with “Madame Aema” (great posters — scroll down) has royally sucked. Yet we still respect our elders here, so to celebrate, I link to a clip from the ’82 classic starting Ahn So-young that started it all.

No, they certainly don’t make films like that anymore.

Ahn, of course, was known for being pretty well endowed… at least for Korea in 1982. She’s still bangin’, in fact — in 2005, she released a nude photo series (NSFW!) in which she looks pretty damn good, especially considering that she was 46 when they were taken.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Group sex and masturbation… Let’s not forget the very graphic opening scene of autofellation (to climax).

    I can already imagine the candle light vigils outside the movie theatres that have the courage to screen that movie.

  • R. Elgin

    You know, there is one photo of Ahn So-young therein that is absolutely lovely and far better than just another nude shot.

    There is concern I have and that is that many younger Koreans seem to take much of the “Sex and the City” programming and other American films as being accurate representations of American lifestyle that are worthy of emulation and they are not, rather they are fictional works that do not portray the best, thus they are not positive influences, IMHO. There is still no substitute for having good taste and judgement.

    “Shortbus” is certainly not anyone’s best either.

  • Ladron

    “Shortbus” was a really shitty movie, and this is coming from a guy who likes his porn.

  • dry

    Even more racier? I don’t know if that’s a good thing. Korean films have this odd tendency to toss in porn scenes when it’s not necessary to the story or characters, and it’s done so awkwardly at that. At times I wonder if it’s done on purpose to get produce something close to legal porn or if it’s because the director just wants to see an actress naked while working.

  • funkoffan

    Have you seen 쌍화점/Frozen Flower yet? I think that movie gives Shortbus (where in my opinion the plot was a secondary feature, so not that great of a movie) a good ol’ run for its money.

  • r.rac

    Those Ahn photos are nice. I’m not a fan of Korean women but man she looked good at 46. Reminded me of those Vicki Lamotta photos Playboy ran in 1981 when she was like 50.

    Now to get Korean women to show some bush.

  • Acropolis7

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find it odd to be in a theatre full of complete strangers watching a good movie when low and behold a graphic sex scene pops up during parts of it, especially if the scene is really hot. It’s like the director is just being a dick because he knows that you can’t just whip it out and start fapping in a room full of strangers…

  • http://koreanamerican431.blogspot.com/ baduk

    Soon Korean churches will stop their young people from going to theaters. Only foreign movies will be watched thru DVDs in Korean homes.

    Korean movie theaters, in an effort to revive Korean movies, just signed the death certificate.

    Fools die. Or, go hungry first.

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