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Perfect Dark: Rated M (Mature 17+)

2000
Perfect Dark: Rated M (Mature 17+)

United States

Perfect Dark was released in North America on 22 May 2000 for the Nintendo 64 console. It was the first game on a Nintendo console to receive an M (Mature 17+) rating under the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) system.
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Banned Video Games in Brazil

2001
Banned Video Games in Brazil

Brazil

Despite protections for freedom of expression, Brazil has banned numerous video games, typically through judicial decisions.
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Suicide Club

2001
Suicide Club

Japan

Suicide Club (Jisatsu Sākuru, 2001) begins with 54 teenage schoolgirls collectively counting down from three before jumping to their deaths from a Shinjuku station platform in front of a rush hour train.
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Dil Chahta Hai

2001
Dil Chahta Hai

India

A story about romantic and homosocial relationships for upper-middle-class young men at the end of college, it is notable for being set in both Mumbai and Sydney.
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Rating Role-Playing Games

2002
Rating Role-Playing Games

Brazil

Brazil is the only country examined in this project that requires compulsory age rating for role-playing games (RPGs).
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Honey Room and Obscenity

2002
Honey Room and Obscenity

Japan

Honey Room (Misshitsu) is an “eromanga” publication that was the subject of the first obscenity trial in Japan in the new millennium, and the first ever to feature a manga publication.
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Vijay Anand Resigns From the CBFC

2002
Vijay Anand Resigns From the CBFC

India

The Hindi filmmaker Vijay Anand resigned as the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Classification on 13 July 2002 after less than one year of a three-year term.
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Wang Xingdong and Dahong Rice Shop

2003
Wang Xingdong and Dahong Rice Shop

China

In 2001, screenwriter and member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Wang Xingdong, drafted a proposal to establish a film rating system in China. In February 2003 in Beijing, 64 Chinese filmmakers and critics signed a joint proposal titled “China must have its movie rating system”.
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L’amant

2004
L’amant

Japan

Based on a popular manga series, L’amant (2004) follows Chikako (played by Ando Nozomi), a 17-year-old schoolgirl, who establishes a contract with three middle-aged men.
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Final Solution: Interview with Rakesh Sharma

2004
Final Solution: Interview with Rakesh Sharma

India

I vacate the Mumbai headquarters of the Indian Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to phone filmmaker Rakesh Sharma, one of its most resolute critics. “Have you seen the news today?” Sharma asks.
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