The violence was expected, held a knife up to the boy's throat like in any movie there is a bad guy. They threw knives, but no guns in the movie. The dragon was a beautiful Chinese dragon with fuzzy eyebrows. Not scary at all. We watched this with little brothers and sisters age 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 and me 12. No one was scared. It was about an Australian boy and a Chinese girl but they are just friends. Hilarious monk helps the kids.