British director Guy Ritchie has defended his new movie Revolver against claims it is too violent, insisting he cut shocking scenes to keep it realistic.

The gangland film has been accused by some critics of shameless violence, but Ritchie is unrepentant.

He says, "I like to think there's justification for the punishment inflicted. it's not gratuitous.

"I wanted one person to get their ear shot off but I had to scrap it."