Should Have Been Rated "PG-12," Not PG
The film is more violent than the original. The violence is excessive for a PG film, especially in two scenes. First, when Chozen and his friends tear apart Miyagi's property, Chozen attacks Daniel with a pitchfork, apparently intending to kill him. Second, toward the end, Chozen holds a switchblade to Kumiko's throat. He fights Daniel "to the death" in a bloody match, punching Kumiko in the process. *** Also, as stated by Donna Gustafson on the "Parent Previews" site, "... Violent depictions include belittling, bullying, taunting, death threats, car jacking, kicks to the abdomen and groin, punches, throws, choking and brandishing a weapon. These hand-to-hand conflicts lead to a woman being hit, bloody fists cut from smashing glass, and facial wounds. Property is vandalized as a form of blackmail. ... The demonstration of a defensive karate move almost results in impaling." *** The Motion Picture Association of America site says that "There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence." Although not "extreme or persistent," the violence is certainly realistic. Therefore, this movie almost should have been rated PG-13. Let's call it "PG-12." That would be consistent with Finland, Norway, West Germany, Iceland (video), South Korea, the Netherlands, and Portugal, which per IMDb all classified the movie as appropriate only for children at least 12 years old.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking