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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Twin Dragons (1992), PG-13
CAP Score: 47, CAP ID: 1.12

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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"Twin Dragons" (PG-13) -- a foreign film with English dubbed over (not subtitled), was a violent and sexual comic romp in the lives of two brothers separated at birth. At the time of separation and after a series of slapstick and Rube Goldberg style endangerments one of the pair was found by a drunk and drinking lady of the night who raised him. That brother grew up to be a street hustler. The other brother grew up to be a musical genius. After watching the violent separation of the two as babies, the script moved the clock to when the boys became middle age men. The theme relied on the speculation that siblings share some sort of mystic connection. When the maestro played the piano, the street hustler suffered uncontrollable movement of his fingers -- and other examples of sympathetic body control dotted the script. It was a really good comedy BUT as usual the comic front efficiently masked the plethora of invasive programming, giving a sense of the traditionally bad behavior being acceptable. But no matter how hidden, the invasive programming was there. Sad. It was a really good snorting comedy.

"Twin Dragons" presented a lot of footage of Jackie Chan in action - a god display of the Martial arts -- but it was still fighting to gain or to control. Karate is an art in and of itself and Jackie Chan is a master. As long as it is mastered, karate is an immeasurable defensive tool. But left unchecked it can be a tool for unfair and unwarranted advantage. And mimicked by the impressionable, it can be fatal as witnessed by the parents of a two year old girl killed by karate kicks from older boys pretending to be Power Rangers(tm). Karate can be dangerous and I know it works. So if you watch this movie with your young sons, talk to them about it okay?

And the use of firearms to control in a theme of gangster control "supported" the control by karate maneuvers. "Twin Dragons" also presented a lot of sexual material. No full nudity but much sexual innuendo, provocative dress and motions, inappropriate touch, heterosexual couple in bed (nudity was not seen but was obvious), and adult underwear. And if these were not enough, the movie presented a man in a bath towel (twice), grabbing of privates, dress to maximize the female form and leg and cleavage exposure, and implied bathtub nudity. "Twin Dragons" was a great Saturday night action-packed comedy movie made not-so-great by entertainment ignominy.

For a complete representation of our analysis, please be sure to read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Twin Dragons (1992) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • bloody injuries
  • kidnapping of a newborn
  • bullies trying to steal a boy's money
  • fighting
  • firearms (machine guns, handguns, knives, harpoon gun)
  • manhandling of a woman
  • threats to kill/control with firearms
  • strong arming to gain possession
  • attempted murder
  • reckless driving, both cars and boats
  • traffic idiocy
  • a fall
  • attempted murder by gunfire and vehicle

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 27 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • baby carriage with baby being used to transport booze
  • gangster control/rule

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • inappropriate touch
  • provocative dress/motions
  • sexual innuendo, talk, and invitation
  • camera angle to maximize cleavage exposure
  • dress to maximize female form, leg exposure, and cleavage exposure
  • adult underwear
  • man and woman in bed nude (covered)
  • adult wearing only a bath towel
  • suggested nudity (exposure of female to co-actor)
  • bathtub nudity
  • talk of cleavage
  • sensual massage with sexual invitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • alcoholic beverages
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • party beverages, ostensibly alcoholic
  • barroom scene with booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • the use of God's name in vain twice but without the four letter expletive
  • psychic connection between humans

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by firearms

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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