The Dragon Pearl

2011 PG 1h 34m DVD

The Dragon Pearl

2011 PG 1h 34m DVD
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Josh and Ling were expecting a boring vacation visiting each of their parents at an archaeological dig in China. But the new friends soon discover they're right in the middle of an adventure when they find a Chinese Golden Dragon.
Sam Neill, Li Lin Jin, Louis Cobett, Ji Wang, Robert Mammone, Jordan Chan
Mario Andreacchio
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Dragon Pearl is an exciting, live-action adventure (with a CGI dragon) that has multiple sequences in which the two young heroes are in danger. Despite these dangers, the film will be appealing and appropriate for most older tweens because the filmmakers have tried to minimize the actual violence using special effects and camera techniques. The dragon -- a heroic character -- snorts, growls, and has a ferocious face, but it is never truly a threat to the children. Set in China, the movie includes a few scenes that use simple subtitles, but the majority of the film is in English.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Several hand-to-hand battles using martial arts and various weapons: knives, spears, a broom handle. Efforts are made using special effects, slow-motion cuts, and close-ups to keep the action stylized rather than frightening, however the two kids in the midst of it are in danger in numerous scenes. The dragon is ferocious and powerful, but it is a hero from centuries past and is portrayed mostly as magical. There are falls, chases, as well as eerie suspenseful sequences in underground tombs, but no one is hurt or killed.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Promotes respect for cultural differences; values the legacy of myths and fantasy.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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