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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The miniseries centers on a strong female Asian character who's courageous, decisive, and idealistic. Throughout the story, she wrestles with her conflicting sense of duty to her family and to herself. The miniseries thrives on suspenseful situations, and seemingly reliable characters often turn on each other. Violence is the most popular means to resolve conflict, and often the losing party is killed.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of martial arts-style fighting and samurai weaponry, usually resulting in injury. In one scene, a man is shot, and another is stabbed and killed. Beatings, attempted drownings, and use of weapons like knives and swords to intimidate and force cooperation is common.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A developing romance means plenty of longing looks and suggestive contact (a couple tumbles to the sand and almost kisses, for example), but there's no sex. Women dress and act provocatively to influence men's actions.
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Intermittent use of "bitch" and "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few rare scenes have drinking in the background.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that martial arts-style fighting and samurai weaponry are central to the plot of this miniseries, so there are lots of physical battles with many injuries and deaths. In one scene, a man is stabbed and killed; another implies (but doesn't show) a man's beheading: His killer swings a sword at him and is later shown cleaning blood from both the weapon and his red-splattered shirt. That aside, this action drama -- which is based on a series of young adult novels by Carrie Asai and Renato Alarcao -- touches on Japanese legends and customs and features a strong female lead, who must draw on her own inner strength to fulfill her destiny and challenge the evil she encounters.
Is It Any Good?
There's good reason to cheer for SAMURAI GIRL, especially if you're craving a story with a strong female heroine. Not since Alias have TV viewers seen a woman wage war on corruption and evil with such principled tenacity (not to mention look as accomplished as the talented Chung doing it). This action-packed miniseries is never short on suspense, with multi-layered secrecy, uncertainty, and betrayal lurking around every corner. Amid the physical challenges she faces, Heaven also struggles with issues that many of her female viewers will relate to, including self-confidence, sense of duty to her family, and her own impression of right and wrong.
But the fact that this story is rooted in the samurai arts means that there's a hefty amount of violence, so it's not completely age-appropriate for kids and tweens. People are stabbed, shot, and impaled by swords, and a central plot point is the existence of a group of assassins that does the murderous bidding of their power-hungry employer. All of that said, teens and adults are sure to be drawn in by the story and the heart-pounding suspense.
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