Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan

TV review by Martin Brown, Common Sense Media
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age 16+

Historical documentary features violence, war, sex.

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age 18+

Focuses too much on the violence

If there was a rating for over 21, I'd choose that. There is, in this series, an unhealthy obsession with showing the darkest, most graphic violence as possible. Almost every episode has multiple, long scenes of the most emotionally confronting violence: innocent people being decapitated; having their throats slit (you do see the slit throats); stabbed in the head; an innocent woman being shot in the back; a man cutting out his own eye (you see the blood and the eye), people committing seppuku (I don't think you see the bowels, but who knows anymore)... There were lots of scenes of screaming, fleeing, sometimes crawling, old men and women being stabbed in the head. It was almost as though the facts were secondary to the depiction of the violence. If your teens want to know the history of samurai, might I suggest Wikipedia/Britannica/almost *anything* else?

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 23, 2021
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: History
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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