The Malaysian Censorship Board (Lembaga Penapisan Filem/LPF) has given the greenlight for Disney’s Beauty And The Beast to be shown in Malaysia.
However, the movie will get a minor edit and is now rated P13 (parental guidance for children below 13 years old).
LPF chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said to The Star Online that although the movie has been approved for general screening, LPF is not involved in getting a new release date in Malaysia.
“We have approved the film so there is no more issue with the LPF. Once a film receives approval, it means it can be screened. However, the date of screening and where the screening takes place is not under LPF’s jurisdiction. We only look at the content and give a decision on whether the movie gets approved or not,” he said.
Beauty And The Beast was initially scheduled to premiere in Malaysia on March 16, but on March 13 reports said that it had been “postponed indefinitely due to an internal review”.
The movie is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s hit 1991 animated feature of the same name, and stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou. In a media event recently, director Bill Condon revealed that LeFou was written as a gay character in the new script and that he would have a “nive exclusively gay moment” in the film.
** Stay tuned for updates on new release dates from cinema operators in Malaysia. In the meantime, check out our review of Beauty And The Beast.