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?
According to Martin Kove
in the DVD Documentary, he had gotten a call from John G. Avildsen
stating that they wanted him to audition for Kreese but was then told to wait. Kove wanted the role so much that he turned down other prospects in order to get this part. But when the "waiting" dragged out for a few weeks, Kove became annoyed as he kept turning down parts. Finally when Avildsen called Kove in to audition, Kove was so annoyed at Avildsen that he berated the director and channeled his anger into an intense audition. Ultimately, that intensity got him the role. See more
The newspapers that Miyagi saves are over 40 years old. They are not in plastic, and yet they seem bright and new. They should be yellowed, old, thin, frayed, torn, creased and have little holes in them. 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 Dave Merenda
(as David Merenda)
Produced by Dave Merenda
(as David Merenda) and Brooks Arthur
Performed by Commuter
Courtesy of Chrysalis Music Group See more