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?
Former screenwriter Dennis Palumbo
has said that he was offered the screen writing job for the film but reacted to the offer by saying he'd be "willing to do it if he (the title character, Daniel Larusso) lost the fight in the end." Palumbo explained his reasoning: "You can't have Mr. Miyagi tell him, 'It doesn't matter if you win or lose,' for 90 minutes and then have to have him win." Palumbo went on to say, "But that's because I was being a moron... Now, they made four sequels to that movie, so obviously I was wrong." (Palumbo's remarks appear in Tales from the Script
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When Daniel is at school talking to Ali and Susan, he says he has a "bike". They ask him what kind of motorcycle he has, and he says a "Miyagi Turbo". He has not yet learned Miyagi's name. See more
You're the best friend I've ever had.
You... pretty okay, too.
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(BOP BOP) ON THE BEACH
Written by Mike Love
Produced by Mike Love
, Adrian Baker and Brooks Arthur
Performed by The Flirts
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