Notice Concerning Establishment of an Examination and Projection Classification System for a Number of Films

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MRFT No (1989)201, 25 March 1989

In order to implement the important guidelines of Central Committee Document No. NDC (1988)14 concerning the “necessity of establishing an examination grading films, formulating clear regulations concerning film works unsuitable for viewing by primary and secondary school students”, protect the mental and bodily health of widespread primary and secondary school students, it is decided to implement a classification system for a number of films. The concrete opinions are as follows:

I, Implementing a guiding ideology for a film classification system

To establish a classification system for a number of films, does absolutely not mean a change of film examination standards. Regardless of whether a film viewed by adults or youths (16 years or lower, 16 years included, the same below) is concerned, its examination must always persist in the Centre’s guiding ideology concerning the construction of a social spiritual civilization and the “Double Hundred” policy, and must take providing a rich and healthy spiritual nourishment of the wide people masses, especially the wide youth and children as a starting point.

After the implementation of a classification system, the China Children’s’ Film Studio and other film studios engaged in children’s feature film production, must attach even more attention to incessantly raising children films’ thought and art quality, to satisfy the wide youth and children spiritual and cultural life needs both in quality and quantity.

II, Concrete rules for implementation of a film examination classification system

(1) Film Examination Organs – – Film sector management bureaus authorized by our Ministry, when examining domestic and imported films respectively according to standards, must clearly delimit the following kinds of “unsuitable for viewing by youth and children” (hereafter simply named “unsuitable for children”) films, being:

1. All films with a plot containing rape, theft, drug use, drug trafficking, prostitution, etc.

2. All films with a plot containing violence, murder and fighting that easily causes children to be frightened.

3. All films with a plot showing passion and sexual activities.

4. All films showing social deformation phenomena.

(2) For all imported and domestic films rated as “unsuitable for children” by entities and bureaux, when China Film Corporation delivers them to a factory for dubbing or developing copies of imported films, or the relevant film studio submits a standard copy, on the movie titles, the phrase “unsuitable for children” shall be printed, in order to indicate the difference of an adult film: when film sector management bureaux transmit the passing decree of a film, shall clearly indicate the phrase “unsuitable for children”.

III, Concrete rules for projection (broadcast) of films “unsuitable for children”

(1) All levels’ film distribution and projection companies and all projection work units, may not organize special projections for children, shall use multiple means, such as a film playbill, film and television propaganda advertisements, etc. to show the phrase “unsuitable for children” to the audience.

(2) All levels’ film distribution and projection companies may not rent to primary and secondary school students for viewing.

(3) All projection units implementing ticket-selling for projection, may without exception not sell tickets to children, may not allow children to enter (when selling tickets and during entering they must inspect relevant papers such as student cards or residence booklets, etc.)

(4) They may not be supplied to rural mobile film projection teams for projection.

(5) It is prohibited to provide them to television stations for broadcast.

The following Provisional Rules take effect on 1 May 1989. Simultaneously, opinions and reactions from all parts of society will be heard. After one year, suitable revision or amendment will be carried out according to the real situation, and will be officially transmitted for implementation in the form of administrative regulation.

广播电影电视部关于对部分影片实行审查、放映分级制度的通知

广发影字[1989]201号 1985-3-25

为贯彻落实中共中央中发(1988)14号文件中关于“要建立对影视片的审查定级制度,对中小学生不宜观看的影视作品作出明确规定”的重要指示,保护广大中小学生的身心健康,决定从今年五月一日开始,对部分影片实行分级制度。具体意见如下:

一、实行影片分级制度的指导思想

对部分影片实行分级制度、决不意味着对影片审查标准的改变。无论成人或少年儿童(16周岁以下,含16周岁,下同)观看的影片,其审查均要坚持中央关于社会主义精神文明建设的指导思想和“双百”方针,必须以给广大人民群众、特别是广大青少年和儿童提供丰富、健康的精神食粮为出发点。

在实行分级制度以后,中国儿童电影制片厂和其它从事少儿故事片生产的制片厂,更要高度重视和不断提高少儿影片的思想、艺术质量,以从数量和质量上满足广大少年儿童精神及文化生活的需要。

二、实行影片审查分级制度的具体办法

(一)我部授权的电影审查机构――电影事业管理局在分别按标准审查国产和进口影片时,要明确划定以下几种“少年儿童不宜观看”(以下简称“少儿不宜”)的影片它们是:

1.凡有强奸、盗窃、吸毒、贩毒、卖淫等情节的影片。

2.凡有容易引起少年儿童恐怖感的暴力、凶杀、打斗情节的影片。

3.凡表现性爱及性行为情节的影片。

4.凡表现社会畸形现象的影片。

(二)凡经部、局审定为“少儿不宜”的进口及国产影片,中影公司在送厂译制、洗印进口影片拷贝或有关制片厂在送审标准拷贝时,均应在片头加印“少儿不宜”的字样,以示与成人片的区别:电影事业管理局在下达影片通过令时,应标明“少儿不宜”字样。

三、放映(播放)“少儿不宜”影片的具体办法

(一)各级电影发行放映公司和一切放映单位,均不许组织少儿专场放映,应利用电影海报,电影和电视宣传广告等多种形式,向观众展示“少儿不宜”的字样。

(二)各级电影发行放映公司不许租供中小学校少儿观看。

(三)凡实行售票放映的放映单位,对少儿一律不售门票,不许少儿入场(售票、入场时需检验学生证或户口本等有关证件)。

(四)不提供农村流动放映队放映。

(五)不得提供电视台播放。

以上暂行办法自1989年5月1日起实施。同时,听取社会各界的意见和反映。一年后再根据实际情况进行适当修改、补充,使之更加完善,并形成行政法规正式下达执行。

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