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Rising Sun | 1993 | R | - 8.7.7

East and West clash as two American homicide detectives (Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes) investigate a murder that is supposedly being covered up by a Japanese corporation.

SEX/NUDITY 8 - Brief scene of full female frontal nudity and some topless women. One violent, very explicit sex scene where oral sex is implied, and the woman is eventually choked; this scene is shown several times on video. A man eats sushi off a nude woman's stomach while another nude woman watches.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman is choked while having sex (see Sex/Nudity above). Two karate fights, and one sword fight (a man's throat is slashed). A man falls to his death in a cement mixer; another man shoots himself, but we only see drops of blood land on a photo. A car explodes burning the driver (nothing is shown).

LANGUAGE 7 - About 30 F-words, 10 scatological terms, and several minor profanities.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, Japan-bashing, loyalty above all else, prostitution.

MESSAGE - Do not fear other cultures, instead learn to understand them. What seems obvious may not be so.

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