I was browsing HMV when I spotted this, and instantly, my film classification board nerd senses were tingling.
I didn't see Endless Poetry when it hit cinemas, but I was tempted to, only because it got a 15 from the BBFC and an 18 from Ireland:
Perhaps, given that the Irish seem to have done an 180 and down-rated it to a 15 on DVD release, it was the BBFC in the right on this one?
The BBFC seem to have a new phrase du jour: 'brief strong sex'. They've been using it in abundance recently:
I watched Miss Sloane on Sunday, by the way, and the sex scene, between Chastain's ball-busting lobbyist and a handsome gigolo, was so brief, if you blinked, you'd have missed it. In fact, the Irish decided it so inconsequential that they deemed it moderate, not even mentioning it in their comment box.
Sidebar, but what with Sonia Braga in Aquarius and now Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane shagging male escorts, 2016 marks two women paying for transactional sex in film, rather than the other way round, as it usually is. Hurrah for gender equality!
I will be spending my evening watching an anime film I have absolutely no knowledge of, purely for BBFC research purposes. Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry has, like the three films pictured previously, 'brief' and 'sex' in its short insight. But it ain't rated 15 for a sex scene, oh no:
Yup, I'm going to sit through a film I know nothing about (and sounds like the kind of goofy adventure animation that isn't usually my cup of tea) just to see if the 'brief sexual threat' is 15-worthy.
Unlike with Endless Poetry initially, the Irish are in concordance with the BBFC over this one:
'Brief strong sexual menace'. They've one-upped the BBFC in the adjectives count!
Finally, I know after Ida and Two Days, One Night-gate back in 2014, the BBFC have been more cautious with revealing spoilers in the short insight, and even gone so far as to not show the black card if it contains a spoiler (as The Neon Demon had), but on the extended info, they can afford to be a bit more wordy, given they've shown the 'details contain spoilers' tab and people have actively clicked on it...
'A man performs a sexual act on a woman'. Thanks BBFC. Really informative, that.
Their reticence in the extended information would seem prudent, if it weren't for the fact that they're casually giving away spoilers in short insights like sweets:
Unnecessary spoiler is unnecessary, BBFC. Particularly given 'moderate sexual threat' was right there!!
If you enjoyed the nerdiness of this post, there's plenty more BBFC nerdiness where that came from!