|Saturday, 15 February 2003|
Malaysia bans Hollywood film for "excessive violence"
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 (AFP) - Malaysia has banned the Hollywood film Daredevil starring Ben Affleck because it contains "excessive violence", officials said Friday.
The ban order was issued last week and the distributor 20th Century Fox has appealed to the Film Censorship Board, seeking a review, a company official told AFP.
"We are unhappy over the ban decision. It will hurt our revenue. Look, the illegal copies are already available," the official said. "We hope the movie will be allowed to screened as scheduled on February 27."
The film is an adaption of the Marvel Comics character Daredevil.
Illegal VCD copies of the film are, however, selling briskly.
The ban order said the film contained violence.
Another reason given was the vigilante acts of the comic book legend known as "Man Without Fear," a lawyer by day and "killer" by night.
Chor Chee Heung, deputy home minister said most films vetted by the censorship board were passed.
Films were banned if they contained "excessive violence and sexual material or elements which can create chaos in the community," he said.
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