The Media Rating Board System of Kawa, or in short, MRBSK, formerly Kawa Film Rating Board, is a self-regulatory organization who assigns content ratings for films, video games, and television shows, determining which age groups they would be appropriate for, in order to protect young children from harmful and unsafe content.
Created in 1973 as a film rating system organization, as it was requested by many parents to determine whether if the film is appropriate for their children to watch. In 1992, they began rating video games, and in 1996, they began rating television shows as well, causing the organization to change their name to, Media Rating Board System of Kawa.
All films, TV shows, and video games, are required a content rating right before their release in markets. For strong/explicit content, all movie theatres and markets would have consumers over 21 to show their ID cards (via the CheckCard program). It is against the law for anyone under restricted age limits to purchase content with adult supervision, and are subjected to fines and disciplinary hearing to anyone who violates the said law, as said in the local Kawanese laws.
The board, Kawa Film Rating Board, was established in 1973, as requested by many parents and guardians to determine whether if the film is appropriate for their children to watch.
General Audiences (G)
This content is appropriate for all ages, containing no material that parents may find offensive. The following includes no swearing, little-to-no violence, and/or sexual content.
Parental Guidance (PG)
This content is suitable for people, but parental guidance from parents and guardians is required.
Parental Guidance 7+ (PG7)
This content is suitable for people over 7 years of age, containing some content that some parents may find unsuitable for younger viewers. Titles with that rating may contain mild violence (including cartoon-like violence), some suggestive themes, minor sexual content, mild profanity and/or rarely any drug references. (exclusive to TV and video games)
Parental Guidance 13+(PG13)
This content is suitable for people over 13 years of age, containing content that parent may find inappropriate for children. Titles with that may contain violence (but with minimal blood), moderate profanity, some sexual references or content (which also includes suggestive dialogue), some drug or/and alcohol use, and gambling. Parental guidance from parents and guardians is required for people under the age of 13.
Mature 16+ (M16)
This content is suitable for people over 16 years of age, containing content that parents may find somewhat offensive and inappropriate for children. Titles with that may contain violence (with moderate blood and gore), profanity, sexual references or/and content, drug or/and alcohol use, and gambling. Parental guidance from parents and guardians is strongly required for people under the age of 16.
Restricted 18+ (R18)
This content is inappropriate for people under 18 years of age, with minors under that limit are not admitted without supervision from someone over 21 and ID cards are required. The following may contain strong violence (blood and gore), disturbing images, strong profanity, sex, drug or/and alcohol use, and gambling.
Pornographic 21+ (P21)
This content is not recommended for anyone under the age of 21. Many movie theatres (including chains) has strict policies not to show any film with that rating, as well as stores not selling video games and DVDs with that rating, either. Television, however, does not carry this rating. Although stuff with the P21 rating is banned in public places, it can still be found in adult entertainment centers, and movies with this rating can only be played at "Adult Only" theatres. (exclusive to films and video games)
This content is banned from Kawa meaning this cannot be sold, advertised, or imported legally, due to controversial reasons.