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Not suitable under 14; parental guidance to 16 (themes, sexual reference, violence and language) May lack interest under 17.
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|Children under 14||Not suitable due to sexual references, violence, language and themes.|
|Children aged 14–16||Parental guidance recommended due to sexual references, violence, language and themes. Also may lack interest.|
|Children over the age of 16||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Lighting up the Stars|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, violence, coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Mo Sanmei, San, (Yilong Zhu) has always seen himself as a disappointment to his father, never able to live up to the perfect memory of an older brother he did not know. When San gets out of prison he returns to help his father run the family mortuary business, much to his displeasure. Meanwhile, though she doesn’t realise it at the time, young Xiaowen’s grandmother has just died. With her own parents presumed dead and an uncle at the mercy of his cruel wife who doesn’t want to care for a child that isn’t hers, Xiaowen (Enyou Yang) is on her own and frantic to find her grandmother, the one person who loved and cared for her. Her desperate attempts to track down her grandmother lead Xiaowen to San, who would rather do anything than look after a child. When circumstances conspire to throw them together, Xiaowen helps San develop a new appreciation for life as he learns to care for someone other than himself; whilst he also develops a new appreciation for death and how to celebrate and respect the lives of those who have passed away.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Death; Grief; The processing of loss; Cremation and the preparation of bodies; Cheating; Child abandonment and separation.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Lighting up the Stars is a Chinese (Mandarin) film with English subtitles, featuring an excellent cast with wonderful performances, especially from young Enyou Yang. The film depicts commonplace struggles and how, ultimately, everyone has to face the inevitability of death. It is a film that makes you think and reflect, and one that will stay with you long after the end credits have finished. Consequently, this is not a film aimed at children but one that is best suited to audiences over 16.
The main messages from this movie are that each star that shines in the sky represents someone who has lived and loved; and that, in life, fame and wealth are smoke and mirrors and nothing is bigger than death itself.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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