Myanmar’s ‘First-Ever HD Porn Film’ Sparks Immediate Government Criminal Investigation

A day after the trailer for Myanmar’s first HD porn film was uploaded on social media, the authorities in the Buddhist-majority country immediately launched an investigation.

“Myanmar police are now in the process of investigating to take action, especially the crime department,” Colonel Tun Nay Win head of the force’s Communication and Technology Department told AFP in an interview.

A four-minute trailer for the film, titled “The Violet of Myanmar”, was uploaded by production firm Art of Myanmar on its Facebook page on Monday. Promising to bring more of the erotic film’s “hardcore action” soon, the producers announced they are proud to have “launched Burma’s first-ever HD” porn.  

To access the full video, customers would be charged 5,000 kyats ($3.60). Another film, entitled “Nurse,” may be viewed for about 10,000 kyats ($7), reports the Irrawaddy.

According to the producers, they spent 400,000 kyat ($300) in total to make the entire two-hour movie. In “The Violet of Myanmar”, the actress wears a surgical mask and her face is kept blurred throughout the entire film.

Excited netizens reportedly caused the company’s Viber account to crash after accumulating over 2,000 messages in just one day of posting. The success was short-lived, however, after Art of Myanmar’s Facebook page was taken down when the police announced the investigation.

Without being specific on the laws violated by the company, Colonel Tun said simply that “the case is concerned with technology.”

In the ultra-conservative country, where it is illegal to own “obscene” materials, sex is still widely considered taboo. Article 292 of Burma’s Penal Code states that “anyone who produces or possesses any ‘obscene’ object shall be punished with a term of imprisonment of up to three months, and/or a fine.”

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