Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. Written by
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Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters.
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Did You Know?
The legendary Toshirô Mifune
auditioned for the role of Mister Miyagi. Although he was great in the audition (according to director John G. Avildsen
in the DVD Commentary), it was felt that his version of Miyagi was "too serious" and played much like the samurai warriors he played in the Akira Kurosawa
movies. Because of this, he was turned down. See more
When Mr Miyagi is showing Daniel that he has been learning karate the whole time, he says, "Show me paint the house." He is holding Daniel's right hand, but in the next shot Daniel drops his left hand. See more
[practicing blocks in Mr. Miyagi's boat
When am I gonna learn how to punch?
Learn how punch, after you learn how keep dry!
[rocks boat, throwing Daniel into the water
Written by Shandi and Toni Stern
Produced by Shandi
Performed by Shandi See more