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Not recommended under 10, parental guidance to 13 (Violence, language, scary scenes, scenes of emotional distress)
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to violence, language and scary scenes|
|Children aged 10–13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, language, scary scenes and displays of emotional distress and anguish|
|Children over the age of 13||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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Ne Zha|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes, animated violence, coarse language.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Loosely based on a well-known myth from Chinese folk religion, this Chinese animated movie tells the story of Ne Zha (voice of Yanting Lü), the son of military commander Li Jing (voiced by Hao Chen) and his wife Lady Yin (voiced by Qi Lu). In order to prevent chaos from taking over the universe the King of Heaven has split the ‘Chaos Pearl’ into two parts, the ‘Spirit Pearl’, and the ‘Demon Pearl’. The guardian Taiyi (voiced by Jiaming Zhang) has been sworn to watch over the pearls. The plan is for the spirit pearl to be linked to the birth of Commander Li’s child when he is born and that the demon pearl will be guarded for three years until such time as the prophecy will be fulfilled and it will be destroyed by lightning. Unfortunately, the jealous Shen Gongbao (voiced by Wei Yang,) who was hoping for a promotion from the King of Heaven, sabotages this plan, stealing the spirit pearl and ensuring the demon pearl is connected to the child instead. Ne Zha is born as a demon child and the villagers are terrified of him. Seeing the good in him, Ne Zha’s mother begs the villagers to spare his life and his father promises to protect them from the child, keeping him locked away and journeying to the Kingdom of Heaven in the hopes of breaking the curse. Ne Zha’s mother devotes herself to trying to make his time as happy as possible but she is often called away to duty and Ne Zha is left to his own devices, which often involves escaping his home and terrifying the villagers. Meanwhile Shen Gongbao has taken the spirit pearl to the dragons that are chained in a watery prison. Here the spirit pearl is linked to a dragon egg which becomes the character Ao Bing (voiced by Mo Han) who Shen Gongbao hopes will free the dragons to rule once and for all. When Ne Zha and Ao Bing meet an unlikely friendship is formed, the outcome of which surprises them all.
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.
Good vs evil, the role of destiny, disobedience to parents, disrespect of authority, loneliness, fate and curses, demons, destruction, ostracism, emotional distress.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
It is unlikely that children over the age of thirteen will be frightened by this movie.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
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:
Ne Zha is a dazzling, fast paced, visual spectacle featuring world-class animation and a gripping soundtrack. The story is captivating and inspiring and contains valuable underlying messages and positive role models. In Mandarin with English subtitles, the movie will appeal to fans of Chinese legends and older audiences who can read fast and follow along.
The main messages from this movie are that you make your own destiny, that you shouldn’t do bad things simply for your own advancement and that misunderstandings, if left unchecked, can easily spiral out of control.
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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