The Legend of Drunken Master

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: R

Jackie Chan uses "drunken fighting" in order to prevent smugglers from stealing ancient Chinese artifacts. This martial arts style requires the practitioner to be inebriated while fighting. Also with Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Lau Ka Leung and Ti Lung. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A semi-naked man (a strip of cloth covers his crotch) is seen hanging from a post, and a man boxes without a shirt. Some talk of a pregnancy.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There are many, many fights: several are between two fighters and are mostly acrobatic in style, involving punching, kicking and shoving but no gore. Others involve various weapons including spears, swords, axes, bamboo sticks, metal rods, hooks, and chains. After several fights the participants look bruised and in some cases bloodied. Men also fall off buildings, off ladders and staircases, and sometimes onto wooden furniture (which is invariably destroyed). One man attacks several men with a flaming steel rod and sets their shirts on fire. In another fight many men attack with axes -- one man has an ax imbedded on his back, although it's not clear whether the ax has penetrated his thick clothing; there's no blood. A man attacks several men with a shredded bamboo stick; the sharp shreds cut through their clothes and bloody their chests. Several men catch on fire and one man falls into a pit full of burning coals. Nobody is burned badly, although we do see a man with a red face and no eyebrows, and a man with a red face and what may be burns on his face and hands (the scene is indistinct and the burns seem to dissipate quickly). Two men on the floor are hit and kicked repeatedly by several soldiers and prison guards; the two men get very bruised and bloody. A man repeatedly hits and slaps his cowering, crying grown-up son; the scene goes on for a while and the beating looks very intense. Eventually the son punches his father, but it looks like a reflex action rather than an attempt to hurt him. A lot of threatening and some shooting with guns: A man is shot and killed; we see him clutching his somewhat bloody chest. We see a man cutting the head off a fish and several live snakes are thrown onto panicking soldiers. A man throws up after consuming a lot of industrial strength alcohol (see Note below).

PROFANITY 3 - A few scatological and anatomical terms, a couple of religious exclamations and one religious profanity, and several mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drinking (especially binge drinking and in non-social situations), father-son relationships, antiquities, smuggling, the English, martial arts, Chinese medicine.

MESSAGE - Alcohol can help one fight better by reducing pain and loosening the body, but it's very easy to get very drunk.

(Note: Jackie Chan guzzles a lot of alcohol, very quickly, with the express purpose of getting drunk. Most of the time he binges on alcoholic drinks; during one scene he downs alcohol used for industrial purposes in a smelting plant.)

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