A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main character has a redemption arc but he's also extremely violent.
Positive Role Models
Set in a time of battles and war. While many of the characters band together to protect their land and family, there are no strictly positive role models. One of them forgives the soldier who was part of an attack on his family.
The series is a Korean production starring Korean and Japanese actors. Women play powerful roles, including business owners and assassins.
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Violence & Scariness
Delves into a world of intense violence, with graphic battle scenes involving soldiers, independent fighters, and bandits wielding samurai swords and guns. The show features brutal and gory battles, which depict men, women, and even some children. Innocent characters are seen being ruthlessly murdered, and there are references to men beating girls and other enslaved people. Throughout the series, viewers will encounter grim imagery, such as groups of dead bodies tied to posts and hanging from trees and scenes of dismemberment and beheadings. The show also portrays perilous sandstorms. The protagonist alludes to a lack of interest in life and there are instances of individuals taking their own lives.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance is one of the subplots but not the primary focus of the series. Characters reference "whores" and tell others to "screw" themselves.
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Insult language and profanity are used regularly, including "bastard," "s--t," "jackass," "bitch," and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People are sometimes shown depressed and drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Song of Bandits is an exceedingly violent series containing extreme amounts of blood and gore. People are routinely beaten, stabbed, strangled and dismembered. Insult language and profanity are used regularly, including "bastard," "s--t," "jackass," "bitch," and "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
A violent Korean action series that's part Robin Hood, part Tombstone, and part Inglourious Bastards. Song of Bandits shines with a captivating setting and heart-pumping action sequences, made all the more fun with its playful soundtrack. The stunning cinematography and costumes transport audiences to another time and, much like Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Lieutenant Lee Yoon is a likable figure of virtue, willing to fearlessly confront evil. The series also features several strong, intriguing female characters, adding depth to the plot. Be aware the excessively graphic violence can sometimes overshadow the compelling narrative, making it potentially challenging to fully engage with the story.
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