A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie centers on debate between doing things "by the book" and doing whatever it takes to stop the bad guys, even if some ethical lines are blurred.
Movie centers on intrigue among spies in China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan.
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Violence & Scariness
Action movie violence throughout. Injured people in a car crash. Fighting with guns, assault rifles. Martial arts violence. Gunfights with police. Fighting with swords. Grenade explosions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two spies from rival countries shown having an affair -- kissing. While a man and woman enter a hideout, the woman who lets them in tells them to "make sure you do it quietly because the walls are thin."
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Strong language throughout, including "f--k." Also "bulls--t," "s--t," "s--theads," "a--hole," "damn," "bastard," "hell." Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Wine, beer, champagne drinking. Drug paraphernalia on a table.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yaksha: Ruthless Operations is a South Korean spy thriller in which a prosecutor joins a black ops unit in China. Expect action movie violence throughout: fighting with assault rifles, guns, swords, punches, kicks, plus car chases, accidents, and explosions. It has profanity throughout, including "f--k," as well as cigarette smoking and wine, champagne, and beer drinking. Drug paraphernalia is visible on a table, and there's brief sexual innuendo. In Korean, Chinese, and Japanese, with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a spy thriller that takes the proverbial "web of intrigue" to new levels. Yaksha: Ruthless Operations also takes the "blurred ethical lines" so indicative of the antihero stories to incredible extremes, as operatives from South Korea, North Korea, China, and Japan all face off and quadruple-cross each other and have secret affairs and have their own reasons for doing what they're doing. Some of these reasons are likely to surprise American audiences who are, even after decades of Tony Soprano, Walter White, and The Batman-style stories, still likely to view such stories through a good-vs.-evil prism and not the battle royale framework that emerges in this movie.
Surprisingly, the chaos of the story holds together, and the two-hour-and-five-minute length doesn't tax attention spans. Sure, there's bombast straight out of the Michael Bay Film School: Functionally pointless large computer monitors count down in pointlessly large numbers as the world teeters in the balance, for instance. But instead of moments like these coming across as laziness or banality, it merely heightens the action that's already happening. Somehow, it works, and for once, the obligatory hint of a sequel during the credits is welcomed rather than scorned.
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