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FILM CENSORSHIP

The Film Censorship Ordinance (Cap. 392) was enacted in 1988. Since then, a three-tier film classification system has been introduced. Category I – suitable for all ages, Category IIA – not suitable for children, Category IIB – not suitable for young persons and children, and Category III – for persons aged 18 or above only. Categories I, IIA and IIB are advisory in nature, the age restriction for Category III films is strictly enforced.

Films intended for public exhibition must be approved by the Director of Film, Newspaper and Article Administration, who is the Film Censorship Authority under the Ordinance.

Advertising materials of films or film publications (e.g. video discs) classified as Category III and packaging of such film publications must also be approved by the Film Censorship Authority before they can be published or publicly displayed.

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