'Mad Max: Fury Road' Gets R-Rating And A Japanese Trailer

As if we weren't already eager enough to see Mad Max: Fury Road, there's now the assurance that, unlike so many other recent sequels to series born in the '70s and '80s, this one will be rated R. In addition, there is a new Japanese trailer for the film, with a YouTube page that features a title that translates to something terrific: Mad Max: Anger of Death Road. Now that's a movie I want to see. (Even if that is Google's translation, rather than a proper conversational one.)

Movieweb points to the MPAA rating for Anger of Death Road, er, Fury Road:

Mad Max: Fury Road is Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images.

That's good to know. The last Mad Max sequel, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, went out with a PG-13 rating, and that will now be the series' only non-R rated film.

Director George Miller recently took part in a Q&A after a screening of The Road Warrior in Austin, where he explained a bit about this film's relationship to the previous films in the series.

It's sort of a revisit. The three films exist in no real clear chronology, because they were always conceived as different films... The way we all thought about it, is next Wednesday, all the bad stuff we see in the news comes to pass, where we have economic collapse and oil wars, water wars and stuff we didn't even see it coming and we jump 45 years into the future and in a sense we go back to a dark age without rule of law.

Miller said he had finished Fury Road just two nights prior to that screening, which explains why, despite the fact that the film has been in post-production for a very long time, it hasn't been officially shown to audiences. (There have been a few test screenings.)

There is also this Japanese trailer, which primary recycles the footage we've seen in US spots for far. But really, that's OK — I don't want to see anything new at this point unless it is the entire movie. But the style of this spot is good.

The film opens May 15th, and stars Tom Hardy, Charlize TheronNicholas HoultRiley KeoughZoe Kravitz, Courtney EatonRosie Huntington-WhiteleyHugh Keays-ByrneNathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone.  Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa.  They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken.  Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.