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Mongol | 2007 | R | - 6.8.4

Epic Ghengis Khan biopic, highlighting his early life. The first in a three-part series. Also with Tadanobu Asano, Khulan Chuluun, Sun Honglei, Odnyam Odsuren and Pai Ying. Directed by Sergei Bodrov. In Mongolian with English subtitles. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A husband and wife have sex: we hear her moaning and we see the shadows of their bodies; two children witness the act by seeing the shadows and hearing the moaning and one child tells the other that it's OK because it is their father and mother.
 A woman prostitutes herself for safe passage to another place.
 A man and a woman hold hands, kiss and touch. A husband and a wife lie together on the ground; they are clothed.
 A wife asks her husband to touch her. A man talks about how another man has never "tried another one," meaning had sex with another woman other than his wife. A man tells his son to pick a woman with strong legs for a wife, and says a woman with strong legs makes a man happy. A man talks about choosing two women for wives and how they can find a way to please him.
 A woman bathing in a hut is shown briefly from a distance and it is clear that she is nude, but details are not obvious.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - War scenes show men being killed with swords, clubs, sticks and arrows; we see a lot of blood, including blood spraying out of men, we also see gaping wounds and one man is speared to a tree; a man slices another man's abdomen open (blood spurts out), a man cuts off another man's leg, a man is stabbed with a sword (we see blood splatter) and a man chokes another man to death. Solders on horseback hold two swords and slice through their opponents (blood splatters and sprays and many are killed including horses), and a large number of arrows are shown striking and killing men.
 A boy uses a heavy piece of wood on which he's chained to smash the face of a man (we see blood and a brief glimpse of the man's misshaped head). A man shoots another man with an arrow and he is injured. Men beat up another man, and he moans in pain. A man is shot and killed with an arrow (there is no blood shown) and a man kills another man with an arrow. A woman slits a man's throat. Two boys cut their hands with a knife (we see blood).
 An elderly man dies of exhaustion and exposure; his body is shown being cremated and we see flames and the outline of a burned and blackened head. A man is poisoned.
 A man threatens to kill a child, and he has another man grab the child and hold a knife to him. A woman holds a knife to a man's neck.
 A woman is kidnapped, and a noose is thrown around her neck (she is unhurt). A child is kidnapped and turned into a slave.
 Dogs are set up to fight over food. A child falls through ice into a lake -- he does not drown.
 A man kicks several men to wake them up. A woman hits a man with a stick -- he is unhurt. Two men wrestle.
 A boy threatens to kill a man. A man threatens to tear a man's liver out. A man asks for his head to be cut off as punishment for a mistake. A child tells a man someone is dead. A mother tells a child he will have to kill another man someday. A man tells how he stole a wife from another village.
 A man is shown stealing horses, and a man is shown stealing from another man.
 A man is shown chopping up raw meat. Two boys urinate outside (we hear the trickle).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 scatological terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (idiot), a woman yells that a man is "full of the devil," a woman curses a man.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men are shown drinking and appear to be drunk, and a man is described as a drunk.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Arranged marriages, parent's death, pregnancy, adoption, pregnancy out of wedlock, blood brothers, family, marriage, loyalty, slavery, forgiveness, war, protecting families, establishing rules, honor.

MESSAGE - The fight for power, love and loyalty is often marked with horrific violence.

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