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Ninja: Shadow of a Tear


  • BBFC 15
  • Uncut
Release: Jul 25, 2014 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB
While the BBFC has relaxed in terms of demanding to remove scenes that show the usage of Asian combat weapons or headbutts in movies, it is still very strict when it comes to enforcing its guideline regarding animal cruelty. While the most common case is the removal of scenes in mostly Asian movies that show horses falling to the ground, there are other contexts in which this rule is enforced. In Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, two brief shots of an unsimulated cockfighting had to be cut out so that the film could be distributed in the UK. Apart from that, it is completely uncensored.

Comparison between the censored British BBFC 15 DVD (by Lionsgate) and the uncensored, German Blu-ray (FSK Keine Jugendfreigabe) (by Splendid Film).

2 cuts = 3.72 seconds
0:57:18: The two roosters jump at each other and attack with their sharp claws.
1.68 sec.

0:57:25: And again while the camera pans upwards.
2.04 sec.