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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li | 2009 | PG-13 | - 4.7.4

Martial arts film based on the Capcom video game character: A young girl watched as her father was taken away by a ruthless competitor, and as an adult she embarks on quest for justice. With Kristin Kreuk, Neal McDonough, Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, Moon Bloodgood, Edmund Chen, Josie Ho, Taboo, Cheng Pei Pei and Rick Yune. Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss, initially so they would not be recognized, but they seem to enjoy it.
 A man unfastens his wife's dress as she lies back on a stone slab (we see her cleavage, abdomen and pregnant stomach), and he caresses her throat and movies down to her stomach. A woman wears deeply cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a tank top and shorts that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and bare thighs. A woman walks out of a bathroom wearing a bra and jeans and finishes dressing while talking to a man in the room. A woman sits in a bathtub while a man repairs a wound on her arm and her bare shoulders are visible. Women in skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, backs and legs dance around poles in a club while men watch.
 A woman follows another woman into a restroom and locks the door (it is implied that she has gone to meet the woman for a sexual rendezvous). A woman watches with interest while women dance in a nightclub, and then joins one woman, and they look at each other intensely while dancing suggestively (there is the implication of sexual interest).
 A man finds handcuffs attached to a woman's bed, remark about them, and she says, "There's nothing I won't try once."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is sprayed with steam from a pipe, and then the pipe is jammed into the man's stomach and we see his face bubble and he dies. We see the severed heads of several men placed on plates at a table (there is blood at the neck and the skin is blue-tinged).
 We see a man place his hands on woman's bare, pregnant abdomen, we hear a crunch, we hear the woman scream and we understand that the man has broken through the flesh and removed a baby (we hear the baby cry).
 A man with long blades fitted to his hand jumps to the ground behind several men and attacks them: we hear the men screaming, we hear slashing and then the scene is quiet, implying that the men are all dead. A woman jumps onto the neck of a man and spins and twists his head around (we see the man lying dead with blood in his mouth and his head is completely turned around.
 A woman hanging by her hands is punched repeatedly by a man: we hear the blows and we see her hanging motionless with blood on her arms and head, and blood on the man's face and clothing (she is presumably dead). A man is stabbed through the leg by a metal rod (we see blood on the wound).
 A man breaks another man's neck with his hands (we hear a crack and the man falls to the floor). Four men in an alley attack an elderly man as he walks by and they shove him to the ground and kick him repeatedly. Many men enter a house and fight a man with punches and kicks and flips; an RPG is fired into the house, it explodes and it is implied that everyone inside has been killed.
 A woman fights a man who has blades attached to his hand: she throws a saw blade at him and his face is cut (we see the cut and a bit of blood), and then ties his ankles with a cable and hangs him over the side of a building (we are not sure if he is dead). A man fights several men: one man's arm catches fire (he flails and screams) and one man is struck hard in the head with a baseball bat (we hear the blow). A woman is tied upside down by her feet and two men are going to kill her, but she head butts one man, and then kicks the other while swinging from her tether. A man slams a gas tank into the stomach of another man, and then uses it to lift and slam the man into the ceiling. A man and a woman fight using bamboo rods; they are each struck repeatedly, and one is thrown back into bamboo scaffolding. Two men fight with punches and kicks, one man is thrown through a door (it splinters), and one man is slammed onto a table and held by the throat (we hear cracking and squishing but he is not killed). Two women fight in a public restroom, one slams the other into a stall door and then onto the sink (it is glass and it breaks), they punch and kick each other, and one bends the arm of the other and we hear it cracking. A woman slams a man's head on a desk and twists his arm. A woman fights several men with a shovel, a metal bar and a knife: all the men are rendered unconscious and one is trapped under a toppled shelving unit.
 People shoot at each other in a shipyard and a woman is shot in the arm (no blood is visible). A woman is shot in the arm (we see the bloody wound and the open flesh later). Several guards are attacked and shot (there's no visible blood). A woman is shot at in a busy marketplace, and then chased. A woman is shot at, she jumps and runs away, she falls and lands on the top of a speeding truck, she rolls off, lands on the ground and is surrounded by men with guns. Several men shoot at a woman, she strikes one, takes his gun and shoots him at close range (we see what looks like matter splatter, but there's no blood), she is shot at by other men and runs away.
 Many armored vehicles drive into a crowded slum area, armed men get out of the vehicles, shove and beat the people and announce that they are being evacuated; we later hear gunshots in the crowd (we do not see anyone being shot).
 A man is forcibly taken away by several men, he struggles, his wife tries to attack the men and she is thrown to the ground and a young girl watches from a distance. A man holds a gun to a woman's head while they are in a crowded marketplace, the woman gives him her money and the man leaves (no one is harmed). A young man holds a knife to a man's throat and steals a basket of fish.
 A man and a blindfolded woman fight as a test: the man throws metal balls at the woman and she catches them, she is knocked forward and nearly lands on a whirring saw blade, and then catches a sword blade between her hands as it comes down toward her. A man and a woman fight as a test: the woman is placed in painful positions a couple of times and we hear what sounds like bones cracking (she is not harmed). A man and a young girl (and the scenes show the girl as she grows up to be a young woman) practice WooShoo martial arts using hands and feet, then sticks and eventually swords.
 An arrow is shot through a kitchen window toward a man; it is stopped by a refrigerator door. A woman is thrown from an explosion (she's not injured). A woman lies in a bed with a bandaged head and an IV dripping medication.
 After a man gives a threatening speech to business associates, one man says, "We should kill him." A man talks about a very sick infant having been left for dead after the parents died. We see a woman grieving at the grave of her parent.


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LANGUAGE 4 - One mouthed but not enunciated F-word, 7 mild obscenities, 1 exclamation (shut-up).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks champagne and wine, four men drink alcohol in a dark alley, a bartender pours a drink at a club, people are shown drinking alcohol at a club, and a man drinks alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, criminality, conscience, Hong Kong, slums, desperation, dreams, death of a parent, injustice, anger, Irish missioners, revenge, death of loved ones, living on the streets, father/daughter relationships.

MESSAGE - Life is about the choices we make.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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