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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a story by George Lucas. It is the second film in the Indiana Jones series and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark. After arriving in North India, Indiana Jones, played by actor Harrison Ford, is asked by desperate villagers to find a mystical stone and rescue their children from a cult practicing child slavery, black magic, and ritual human sacrifice in honor of the goddess Kali.
The film was financially successful when release, but was met with mixed reviews which criticized its violence, later contributing to a PG-13 rating. The film was the subject of controversy due to its portrayal of India and Hinduism. Perhaps the most favorable part of the film was the addition of the eleven-year-old sidekick, Short Round, played by actor Jonathan Ke Quan, whose one-liners and facial expressions were popular with fans of the Indiana Jones franchise.