“We offer creators the ability to reach audiences all around the world,” Netflix said in a statement. “In some cases we’ve also been forced to remove specific titles or episodes of titles in specific countries due to government takedown demands.”
The countries that have requested take downs include five titles in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and New Zealand.
In 2015, the film was deemed “objectionable” in New Zealand and was removed from Netflix in the country after a written demand from the New Zealand Film and Video Labeling Body.
Here’s a synopsis of The Bridge, which was originally released in 2006: The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure; a symbol of San Francisco, the West, freedom – and something more, something spiritual, something words cannot describe.
Director Eric Steel and his crew spent an entire year focusing on the Bridge. Running cameras for almost every daylight minute, they documented nearly two dozen suicides and a great many unrealized attempts.
In addition, the director captured nearly 100 hours of incredibly frank, deeply personal, often heart-wrenching interviews with the families and friends of the departed, as well as with several of the attempters themselves.
The film is available to stream across the Internet via other mediums.
Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero‘s iconic 1968 film Night of the Living Dead was removed from Netflix in Germany after a complaint from the German Commission for Youth Protection (KJM). This went down in 2017.
The film is banned in the country, and Netflix complied with the request to remove the popular zombie movie.
The movie tells the tale of five strangers who struggle desperately against hordes of the walking undead. The film was recently re-mastered and loaded with all-new Special Features. Night of the Living Dead remains “a bona fide classic..still very scary after all these years.”
It’s unclear why the film is officially banned in Germany, but many presume it is because of the blood and gore present in the movie.
If you’re a fan of zombie flicks, this film is still available to stream in other countries at this time.
Be sure to check out one of George’s lengthy interviews about the movie.
Full Metal Jacket
In 2017, Netflix removed Full Metal Jacket from the streaming service in Vietnam after a written demand came through from the Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI).
The 1987 war film was originally directed, co-written, and produced by Stanley Kubrick and starred Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio and Adam Baldwin.
The movie tells the story of an 18-year-old marine recruit named Private Joker – from his carnage-and-machismo boot camp to his climactic involvement in the heavy fighting in Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive.
If you’re a fan the iconic movie, you’re in luck if you live elsewhere as this film is still available to stream in other countries at this time.
The cast of Full Metal Jacket recently reunited and you can watch their interview!
“Cooking on High,” “The Legend of 420” and “Disjointed”
All three of these titles were removed by Netflix after a request from Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). This request was fulfilled by Netflix back in 2018.
All three programs focused on marijuana as the main subject matter, and Netflix quickly complied with the requests.
Cooking on High focused on cooking foods with one of the ingredients being marijuana.
The Legend of 420 is a documentary that focused on the use of marijuana and the evolution of society’s perception of the drug.
Disjointed is a comedy series that focused on one character’s advocacy for the legalization of marijuana.
Currently, possession or consumption of marijuana in Singapore can result in 10 years in prison.
The Last Temptation of Christ
The 1988 movie The Last Temptation of Christ was removed from Netflix in Singapore in 2019 after a request from the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
Powerful, passionate and thought-provoking, The Last Temptation of Christ is the extraordinary film that follows Jesus Christ’s journey as He accepts His divinity and ultimate fate. Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese directs an all-star cast of Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, and Harvey Keitel through this visually breathtaking re-imagining of faith and sacrifice, guilt and redemption, sin and atonement. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, it is a masterpiece of cinematic achievement that has endured as one of the must-see films of all time.
The Last Temptation of Christ is considered an epic at almost three hours long.
If you haven’t seen the film, it got an 80% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
One Episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
In 2019, one episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, titled “Saudi Arabia,” was removed in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission requested that Netflix take it down.
The show currently has five seasons that are streaming elsewhere around the world.
If you watch the video above, you can see a preview for that very episode. The episode dissects the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and examines the connection between American weapons and the mass starvation and destruction occurring in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
There was some confusion years ago when the episode was removed and many believed that the show was removed from platforms across the globe. However, Netflix quickly clarified that is not the case and the episode is still available at this time.
At the time of the removal in 2019, Netflix said, “We strongly support artistic freedom and removed this episode only in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request — and to comply with local law.”
The Last Hangover
In 2020, Netflix complied and removed an original special titled The Last Hangover at the request of Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
In the special, Jesus’ disciples wake up after a Last Supper party.
You can read more about Netflix’s decisions to comply with these requests and get more information from their annual report.