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MPAA Rated R on appeal for graphic and explicit sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • Seen far away from behind, a young woman walks naked in girl's dormitory.
  • They are shown naked in the bachelors room pouring water over themselves to bathe.
  • In no scene are his genitals on view. She is shown in full frontal and back nudity throughout.

Violence & Gore

  • A man beats his younger sister
  • A man hits a girl and then has rough sex with her


  • Minimal, a few curse words here and there.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several characters smoke throughout the film
  • Wine is consumed, as well as what is most likely opium.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A few heated arguments between family members.


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Sex & Nudity

  • On her second visit, he meets her at the door and immediately they grasp, begin tearing off their clothes and have sex naked immediately on the ground in front of the door. He thrusts vigorously, walking her body as he does across the floor, as they pant and moan. He then kisses her as he descends on her body, ending between her legs.
  • He lies naked half turned on the bed while she walks completely naked from the next room, waters a bonsai, then joins him on the bed. She begins kissing his face and neck, sticks her tongue between his lips, then reaches between his legs. She then slides on top as he strokes her buttocks. She sits up and rocks, moaning. He leans forward and they embrace, thrusting. There is then sequence of glimpses of various body parts and expressions of ecstasy.
  • She matter of factly tells him she has been cast off at school because of her shameful association with him, a Chinese, she being white, and their presumed Inappropriate association. She says no one speaks to her at school except her French teacher, that families have complained she's a slut and that she's been fondled by a Chinaman.
  • He tells her to say she only thought of getting money from the time they met. He whispers to her "you're a whore" but she replies that she doesn't find his language disgusting but to the contrary and she begins to reach underneath his bathrobe and begins stimulating him. He stops her, saying she's made him suffer, that he'd love to possess her but he's without strength. He says he has lost his desire for her because she doesn't love him.
  • She walks to the last visit and enters the room to find herself completely alone, bed stripped of sheets. She waits in the room for a time and then walks out alone.
  • This movie contains extended scenes of tasteful, artful explicit sexual interaction.

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