What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the film is essentially a series of brutal martial arts fights, with bones crunching and bodies slamming. In a sad scene that leads directly to action, a young man's father is shot (bloody chest) and dies in his arms. Fights show bodies thrown through walls and windows, into furniture, and in/out of vehicles. Some assaults result in bloody faces or bodies. One sequence features slow motion kicks/hits performed in standing water, with background fires burning; another a lengthy series of bones breaking (arms, legs, necks, backs) with loud sound effects. One villain throws a baby elephant through as window (reportedly, a real elephant was not used); one adult elephant appears dead/mounted as a trophy. One scene shows characters eating exotic animals (close-ups of slithery items being chewed), while another shows young women/older men in mud bath, and still another shows a young boy dying of poisoning (briefly gruesome).
- Families can talk about Kham's devotion to his elephant (Kohrn) and to the "old ways" the elephant and Kham's murdered father represent. How is Kham's relationship to the baby elephant paralleled to his devotion to his father? How does the movie compare the warrior's traditional, honorable code to the criminals' corrupt "modern" code? How is violence (in the form of skilled martial arts) celebrated, whereas mercenary, selfish violence is condemned?