Porn Star Miyabi’s Movie Premieres In Jakarta

By webadmin on 03:44 pm May 06, 2010
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Ulma Haryanto

It had all the elements of a remarkable story — a Japanese porn star, the film industry, an allegedly outraged nation and Islamic extremists promising revenge — but in the end was a flop.

The screening of the controversial movie “Menculik Miyabi” (“Kidnapping Miyabi”) premiered on Thursday at FX Mall in South Jakarta without any protests by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), the nation’s self-appointed ‘moral guardians’ who had expressed concerns at the appearance of porn actress Maria Ozawa a.k.a. Miyabi.

Though the audience comprised mainly local celebrities, university students and reporters, members of the notorious group had been expected to attempt to infiltrate the premier.

Just a day earlier, Habib Salim, the head of the Jakarta-branch of the FPI, told the Jakarta Globe that he had urged members of the group to view the film — already passed by Indonesian censors — wearing civilian clothing.

“If we show up in FPI clothing, people might get a negative impression. Our intentions are good, but not everybody likes us.”

The extremists had planned on watching the film first before determining whether or not it constituted pornography.

The comedy, which centers around three college students who plan to kidnap the porn star to exploit her fame, began with Miyabi — who only appears in brief cameos — taking a bubble bath, though only her bare shoulders are shown. There are no other scenes that could be considered racy.

Director Ody Mulya Hidayat said he was not scared that the FPI would crash the screening.

He said he “just wanted to prove that everybody was wrong” believing the film had pornographic scenes.

He added that Miyabi was a professional actress.

A Jakarta Globe journalist who viewed the film said it appeared to be aimed at teenagers and had little positive to say about the movie.