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The Medallion | 2003 | PG-13 | - 2.5.3

Jackie Chan stars as a Hong Kong detective who, after an incident involving a mysterious medallion, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. Now he is on the trail of a man called Snakehead (Julian Sands), who has stolen half of the medallion and hopes to become immortal himself. Also with Claire Forlani, John Rhys-Davies, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Christy Chung and Johann Myers. Directed by Gordon Chan. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman kiss several times. Two men argue and the other people misunderstand that they are having a lover's quarrel. A man and a woman appear to have a romantic history. People dance together. A man appears nude (judging from another man's reaction) and we see his bare chest and back to the hip. A woman wears a top that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and back, and a woman wears a short skirt that reveals her bare legs.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A freight container with a man and a boy in it is shoved off a ship and into water; the container sinks and fills with water, and when the container is opened on land, the boy appears fine but the man is dead (we see him tinged blue, motionless and see people grieving over him). A woman is chased by a man, he grabs her hair and throws her over a stone wall (we see her lying dead later). A man is surrounded by a serpent and a fish that swirl around him, take him up into a light, and he bursts into particles and the light disappears. A dead body lies on a table in a morgue, while a duplicate of the dead body (we are told he's a ghost) appears and moves around the room talking to another man; then the dead body on the table turns to particles and blows away. A man is shot at and hit a few times in the chest and abdomen (we see light coming out of the holes in his body). Two men with super strength fight each other; they run very fast through trees, one throws a tree limb at the other and he is knocked back, and one grabs a medallion off the other's chest and he falls unconscious. Two men fight in mid-air, spinning and kicking each other, one grabs a chain and whips it breaking up stone stairs under the other man, they each hold an end of the chain while it glows and breaks apart, and one man is impaled through the leg by an antler (we hear squishing when he pulls it out). A grenade launcher is fired into a boat that explodes, and four men are shot at as they run away and jump off a ship and into water below. One man fights another man and hits him on the head with a gun, and fights three other men with kicks and punches. Two men hold guns on each other, one shoots the other in the hand, then kicks him, and proceeds to fight two more men. People shoot into a house where a woman and child are, the woman shoots back, a man shoots a man who falls over a balcony, and a woman kicks a man. A man fights several men, he is shot at by others, he fights two more men, is shot at again, and a woman fights a man with kicks and punches. Two women fight with many kicks, punches, spins and flips, and one is thrown over a stairway. A woman fights with several men knocking them unconscious. A man crashes through a window, grabs a young boy and flies away holding onto a ladder attached to a helicopter, another man jumps trying to catch them, misses and crashes into the street below (we hear bones crunching when he gets up and stretches). A man falls from a considerable height and crashes onto a stone floor (he groans and cracks as he gets up). A man fights three men, two run away and the other is kicked repeatedly (sending him sailing into walls), he's slammed into the ceiling, the other men join the fight and there is a lot of kicking and punching, and one man is thrown back and knocked down by a glider that crashes through a window behind him. A man throws a man against a wall and he bounces off and into the other walls, and a man jumps up and crashes through a ceiling. A man slams a man against a wall, beats another man with his own gun, kicks and punches a few other men, and slams another man into a wall. A man stabs himself in the chest, another man stabs him repeatedly in the chest and then in the buttocks (we see rays of light shining through the holes and the man grimaces and moans with pain) and a woman who's watching faints. A man fights a couple of men with an IV stand, and he pokes one in the arm with an IV needle. A man tips over a candelabra which sets curtains on fire and surrounds a young boy in flames. A man holds a man with a letter opener under his chin and a bit of blood trickles onto the blade. A man is hit on the back of the head with a gun, he falls to the ground and we see him with a patch of blood on his forehead later. A man hits a man in the face with a stick, a woman hits a man in the head with a chair and then a table, a man kicks a man in the face, and a woman kicks a man in the face. A man jumps off a ship, toward a passing boat, misses and lands in the water. A man runs into a street and falls over two moving cars while being chased by another man: they run through a square, through a restaurant (jumping over tables and diners), up a gate, along a wall, one jumps from the wall onto a moving truck, one follows the other up a fence and pulls him down onto the ground where he is shoved into a garbage can and the can is kicked repeatedly. A man asks a man to hit him, and he does with a bed pan in the face. A man drinks a poison, dies, his ghost appears and his dead body disintegrates. A woman slaps a man in the face a few times (a few in outtake reel as well), and a man runs into a stone archway and hits his head. A boy holds a medallion in his hand and it emits a bright light, and a boy walks into a vortex of light. A man runs through traffic and is nearly hit by a car. A man drives a motorcycle recklessly. A man rides on a freight container up into the air as it is being loaded onto a ship. We hear a man vomit, a man grabs a bed pan and we hear a splat on the floor, and a man urinates over a ledge where a man and a woman are hiding (we see the stream). A man pretends to be dying. The outtake reel shows a man being hit in the leg by a car as he runs across a street, falling off a stone wall onto stairs below; there are a few other falls.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 not fully enunciated F-word, 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Immortality, mythology, greed, legends, Interpol, restoration of life.

MESSAGE - Good will triumph over evil if good knows kung-fu.

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