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 <email@example.com>
Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters.
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Did You Know?
Director John G. Avildsen
had to climb to the top of the water tower in the opening shot to achieve the angle of Daniel and his mother driving away. See more
When Miyagi and Daniel are sitting in Miyagi's house and talking about his wife Miyagi gets up and pours himself another drink, the bottle he picks up still has the seal on it and it remains unopened as you hear the distinct sound of the liquor being poured into the glass. See more
[repeated line to Daniel
Look eye!, always look eye!
Referenced in Whipped
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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