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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although there's lots of violence, ultimately the movie is about overcoming violence.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are injured and killed. Intense martial arts.
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Brief strong language, but nothing too bad.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking and bar scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is an action movie with nothing but fighting and killing. There are also a couple of deaths that could be upsetting to younger kids. There is some drinking in bars and some diva-like behavior, but there are also uplifting messages about humility and honor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Only Jet Li and martial arts lovers need see this last Li action movie. That said, this one will certainly satisfy that audience. For his final martial arts outing, Li reverently tells the story of one of China's most revered martial artists, Huo Yuaniga. Since the movie takes place when China was experiencing a veritable invasion of westerners, a metaphoric showdown with foreigners becomes the centerpiece of both the plot and Huo's redemption.
Clearly there are parallels between Huo an Li, and this infuses this movie -- which Li has claimed will be his final action feature -- with emotional resonance. If the audience pays attention to something beyond the really excellent martial arts, they'll see Li's messages about the nature of violence and humility. Beautifully choreographed, the movie is plenty violent. People are killed, including some sympathetic characters.
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