A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters have dark secrets. Just about everything is connected to a greater conspiracy. Few, if any, positive messages.
Positive Role Models
One appeal of the show is the setting: Hong Kong. However, Hong Kong, its people are almost universally portrayed as corrupt and amoral.
Violence & Scariness
Story revolves around violent acts, violent deaths -- a car crash, a suicide -- though it mostly leaves actual moments of violence offscreen and instead displays aftermath.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No simulated sex or overtly sexual discussion, but some implied sex and post-sex scenes.
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"S--t," "hell," "bitch," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Constant drinking, some smoking. No drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that White Dragon is a dark crime drama that takes place in a violent, lawless version of Hong Kong. The central mystery involves a British man coming to Hong Kong after his wife's death in a car accident and finding that she had been keeping secrets from him -- secrets that lead him to a large web of political corruption. White Dragon takes place in a world where everyone is connected to crime, but it keeps the on-screen violence restrained. There's some drinking, smoking, profane language, and sex.
Is It Any Good?
Stories that involve a white man experiencing culture shock when traveling to a foreign country can be tricky, and this one is no exception. And though White Dragon's visual depiction of Hong Kong can be stunning, the region is depicted as an abyss of corruption from the street level to the political one. Jonah, our British protagonist and window into this world, deals with the cultural differences by using the classic, tried-and-true communication of yelling and over-enunciating at people who don't speak English.
In other words, White Dragon falls easily into all the traps of depicting a culture that isn't often seen on TV, and because it feels stretched so thin (presumably to fit its eight-episode run), the show lives in those negative stereotypes longer than necessary.
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