Indonesia's censors have banned the Hollywood film Noah, which has Australian Russell Crowe in the lead role, over respect to Muslim values.
Australian actor Russell Crowe's portrayal of religious figure Noah won't be seen in Indonesian cinemas, with the film rejected by the censors.
The big-budget Hollywood epic, which opens in Australia on Thursday, has been blocked by censors in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates because it could offend Muslim viewers by depicting a prophet.
Indonesia followed on Monday with a unanimous decision by the Indonesian Censorship Board.
Board member Zainut Tauhid Sa'adi told news website detik that anyone who shows the film would be punished.
He said the board was responding to the values of a society "which highly respects religion and the value of unity".
"We're not following or tailing other countries," he said.
Catherine Keng, corporate secretary of Indonesia's largest cinema chain Cinema 21, said it would comply.
The move disappointed some Indonesian film critics.
Mumu Aloha, managing editor of detik's entertainment website detikHot, branded the censorship board's reasoning as "stupid".
"This great nation is being `protected' by a bunch of dwarf people sitting in an institution which has the tendency to censor anything," he wrote to his Facebook followers.
"Pity us all!"
Crowe has said the reaction of some countries was expected.
Early US reviews of Noah, made by acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky with a $130 million budget, have been mixed.
The story of Noah's ark is told in the Bible and the Koran.
In Islam, depictions of prophets are taboo to avoid worship of a person rather than God.