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
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands.
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Did You Know?
The song Miyagi drunkenly sings during the "celebration" of his anniversary is actually fragments of an authentic Japanese folk song that Pat Morita
often heard as a child. 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
You're the best friend I've ever had.
You... pretty okay, too.
Referenced in From Paris with Love
"THE MOMENT OF TRUTH"
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Dennis Lambert
and Peter Beckett
Produced by Ron Nevison
Performed by Survivor
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