Not everything from American pop culture gets clearance overseas


American amusements may seem like a growing export market, but when we say Buttafuoco here, you never know what they’ll think beyond our borders.

Barred Reaction to Oliver Stone’s bloody Natural Born Killers was as mixed overseas as in the U.S. Malaysia and Ireland banned it; England allowed it at a film festival, then postponed rating it until January. Other nations had no problem with its nihilist heroes, who prompted an R rating for the movie here. In Italy it could play to those over 14; in Sweden, over 15; in France, over 16.

Battered The insanely popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has enemies abroad. In August, New Zealand axed the program. Norwegian television pulled the show for six weeks after a child’s murder was mistakenly blamed on it. The violence was also too much for Canada, where edited versions have run since November.

Bothered Visa is everywhere you want to be, except maybe Todi, Italy, the setting for a Visa TV ad in which two tourists unwittingly trade their camera for a donkey. Visa temporarily shelved the commercial after town merchants threatened a boycott last February. But after flocking to Italy, company officials convinced locals the ad wasn’t derogatory.

Bamboozled A Philippine version of the infamous Lorena Bobbitt story scandalized the Manila Film Festival in June — but not for its content. The two leads won Best Actor and Actress awards — until officials discovered presenters had knowingly announced the wrong winners. Press agent Lolita Solis reportedly confessed to the charade. Still unknown: How good’s the flick?

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
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  • Bryan Spicer
  • Steve Wang