2007 R 1h 49m DVD


2007 R 1h 49m DVD
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Nineteenth-century French silk merchant Herve Joncour goes on a trading mission to Japan, where he's bewitched by the beautiful concubine of Baron Baldabiou. But their relationship doesn't end when he returns home to his wife.
Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Kôji Yakusho, Mark Rendall, Kenneth Welsh, Sei Ashina, Jun Kunimura, Alfred Molina, Callum Keith Rennie, Marc Fiorini, Miki Nakatani
Francois Girard
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the only thing that's likely to draw teens to this slow-moving period drama is the fact that star Keira Knightley bares her breasts in one of the film's sensual love scenes. She's not the only one; two other women are shown topless as well, and men are briefly seen naked in profile. On the plus side, there's no profanity and not much violence (though a teenage character is shown hanged, and the main character comes across some burned dead bodies in a ruined village). But the movie's subjects -- the true measure of love and the cost of infidelity -- are definitely aimed more at adults than younger viewers.

Sexual Content

Sensual love scenes include naked breasts (some seen in close-up) and simulated intercourse (one of the scenes is an adulterous encounter). Men are also briefly seen naked in profile. Other intimate interactions between characters include a scene in which a woman caresses a man while he's in the bath, and another in which a man observes a naked woman bathing in a hot spring.


A gun trader passes through a small Japanese village with his wares; Herve sees burned buildings and dead bodies after war comes to the village. A teenage boy is hanged (viewers see his dangling body) for breaking the local leader's rules. The leader threatens Herve with a gun.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

A married man is unfaithful; he trespasses into a country that forbids Westerners; he also visits a brothel (but doesn't avail himself of its services). Nevertheless, he's also devoted to his wife and helps care for a child abandoned by its father. He also risks his life to help save his village from financial ruin.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some sake-drinking and toasting; some other social drinking and smoking (accurate for the time period). Nothing excessive.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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