A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Jung E is an incredible warrior and fighter. She's also a loving mother.
The cast is Korean and stars two women leads.
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Violence & Scariness
There's a fair amount of action and lots of gun shooting but no gore and only some blood. Most of the violence happens to (humanoid) robots and mechs (mechanical robots). Robots gets shot, ripped apart, decapitated, punched, kicked, thrown, stomped on, choked, and turned off. There are rockets, explosions, and things on fire. A humanoid robot gets her fingers blown off by gunfire, her arm cut off by a spinning circular saw, her leg shot multiple times, her head shot (white liquid pours out), and her pain levels played with via computer. A robot man has his eye shot off and then later falls to his death. Lasers burn a hole into a robot's head. A woman punches through a robot's chest. A human woman gets shot in the shoulder and bleeds. A robot woman wakes to find in horror that she's a robot and screams in pain and terror. A train gets wildly loose and goes too fast. A girl's mother dies in combat. Characters are often in peril, are sometimes chased, and also show fear.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex but one scene shows a man dancing with a naked robot woman (shown from behind, bare butt shown with thong, thin bra strap on back). He says that the woman will soon be developed as a sex robot.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A robot man occasionally puts drops of liquid in his eye, and it could be assumed that this is some kind of drug.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jung_E is a Korean science fiction movie about a future wherein humanity has built shelters in space to live on after global warming became too devastating. But soon, some of the shelter sectors begin fighting against the mainland (and other sectors) and a civil war between them begins. Cut 40 years later, and humans have now nearly perfected the technology of brain copying and transferring to synthetic bodies. One woman, a legendary fighter who nearly won the war 40 years ago, is replicated and studied in order to perfect the best combat artificial intelligence possible. Expect lots of action, guns, and fighting. While there's lots of violence, none of it's gory and most of it happens to robots (and some humanoid-looking robots). A few humans do get injured, however (a woman gets shot in the shoulder, and blood shows), and some get injured and then find out they're actually robots. A robot screams in terror when she finds out she's a robot. Others do the same. No sex except for one scene where a man is caught in his room dancing with a naked (from behind, bare buttocks shown with thong) robot woman (looks completely human). He says that the robot will soon be a sex robot. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The action and fight scenes are top-notch, choreographed beautifully, and easy to follow. But the tricky ethical problems that Jung_E explores are really what's on display and worth thinking about. Once the story moves past its initial setup, the possible ethical issues involving making robots based on human brains begin to echo upon falling on the diegetic floor. Many viewers will appreciate the lack of hand-holding, as nothing is directly spelled out or explained (like, for instance, a character in exposition stating, "well, what are the consequences of modeling robots after actual human brains? When they first wake up, they think they're still human, and then when they realize they are being duplicated in the hundreds and lose all sense of individuality..." and so on).
Some of what happens also must be figured out or deduced. For instance, some viewers might not be aware of some Korean social etiquette customs in "the workplace" that might affect how they understand particular scenes. Further, some viewers might not understand why the reactions of some characters aren't more aggressive or reactionary, this actually having to do with Korean culture and not those characters particularly. Nevertheless, some viewers might also leave feeling like they wanted more from this somewhat light dive into the murky waters of robot and artificial intelligence ethicality.
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