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The Last Emperor
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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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A young boy is being bathed and he rushes out of the tub not wearing only clothes. He is shown from the front and the back.

A woman continues to breastfeed a boy until he is about 10 years of age. There are two brief shots of her unclothed breast.

A man, his wife, and his concubine are all shown in the same bed. There is implied sexual activity, but all three people hide under bedsheets, so nothing is shown.

A woman is shown sucking the toes of another woman.

A man attempts suicide by slitting his wrists, we hear the cuts and as he submerges his hands in a water-filled sink, we see blood cloud the water. Later, blood-soaked bandages are shown on his wrists.

We see an up-close view of a young boy's feces in a bowl, as a eunuch smells them to see if he is properly nourished. Not violent or gory, but definitely gross.

We hear fire outside a man's bedroom and see flames outside the window, the result of arson.

One man threatens another with a pistol.

A man is shot in the head from behind, and blood spurts from his head.

We hear a gunshot and see that a man has shot himself in the head; we see the bullet wound and a pool of blood form underneath.

There is archival footage of war atrocities including actual executions by gunfire as well as several close-ups of decomposed bodies. There is footage of a hand, badly burned from radiation, being treated.

A real, live mouse is thrown hard against a wall, splattering it and killing it. This is not simulated; it is a real act of animal cruelty.

The word "fuck" is said once near the end of the film.

Opium is shown being produced, sold, and used. Two of the principle characters are shown smoking opium. One is shown at several stages of her descent into addiction.

Wine is consumed at various parties throughout the film.

It is implied that a baby is killed by injection.

Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1999) / Finland:K-14 (original rating) / Finland:K-11 (re-rating) / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 / Germany:12 (director's cut) / Iceland:12 / Italy:T / Japan:PG12 (2015) / Netherlands:12 (director's cut) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:12 / Sweden:11 / UK:15 / UK:15 (director's cut) / USA:PG-13 / USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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