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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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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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RapeLay and the Ethics Organisation of Computer Software

2006
RapeLay and the Ethics Organisation of Computer Software

Japan

The rape themes game,  RapeLay, generated significant controversy three years following its release in Japan, after an article in the Belfast Telegraph noted that it was available for sale in the United Kingdom via the Amazon website.
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Lust, Caution

2007
Lust, Caution

China

While Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution was exhibited unedited in both Taiwan and Hong Kong, on 1 November 2007 a version with seven minutes of footage removed was released in mainland China, where it ranked third among domestic films at the 2007 box office.
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Dil Dosti Etc

2007
Dil Dosti Etc

India

Unlike cult favourite Dil Chahta Hai (2001), which features characters in the midst of or following their university years, Dil Dosti Etc. (2007) catches its protagonists at their entry into college.
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Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na

2008
Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na

India

Jaane tu… ya jaane na (Whether you know or not, 2008) centres on two best friends, Jai (Imran Khan, nephew of Aamir Khan) and Aditi (Genelia D’Souza), who agree to search for one another’s soul mates while delaying their ultimate and inevitable romantic pairing.
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