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The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

 -  Action | Drama | Family  -  30 June 1989 (USA)
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A bad guy from KK1 attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the aid of an old army buddy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
Jonathan Avildsen ...
Dennis (as Christopher Paul Ford)
Pat E. Johnson ...
Mrs. Milo
Joseph V. Perry ...
Uncle Louie
Jan Tríska ...
Diana Webster ...


Kreese, his life in tatters after his karate school was defeated by Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, visits Terry, a friend from Vietnam. Terry is a ruthless business man and a martial arts expert, and he vows to help Kreese take revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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karate | revenge | tournament | dojo | vacation | See more »


First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it's man to man.


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30 June 1989 (USA)  »

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Karate Kid 3  »

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$38,956,288 (USA)

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When Mr. Miyagi fights Terry Silver and the gang at the Cobra Kai dojo, he throws Barnes into the wall and temporarily knocks him out. Barnes falls face down with his head pointing away from the front door. In the next shot, they show Barnes lying on his back on the mat and his head is pointing toward the door. See more »


Mike Barnes: Come on, get up! Get on that line! Get on that line, LaRusso! You're worthless! Your slope teacher's nothing! Get up, man! You're no champion! Get up! You suck, LaRusso! You suck, man! And your teacher's karate shit! You hear me! It's shit!
[Daniel looks over at Silver and Kreese]
Mike Barnes: You're a joke, LaRusso! Your karate's a joke and your teacher isn't worth shit! He's nothing! He's nothing! And you're nothing! I own you! I own you, LaRusso! Where's your little Jap teacher now, huh! He's a phony, man...
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For my money the best of the series...
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This time Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) goes up against Karate's bad boy Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) to defend his title and prove that karate is not to be used aggressively and repair what damage he did to Mr. Myiagi(Pat Morita) who refused to train Daniel due to the antics led by John Kreese (Martin Kove) and Terry Silver(Thomas Ian Griffith) Will Daniel regain his title or will Barnes clean the floor with him. People of taste in movies are often surprised as I label this as the best Karate Kid movie. "But it had banzai trees!" said my cousins in 1989 when I walked out of theaters and said "Finally a good movie!" Most people in the theaters as well as everyone in general were shocked that I could stand alone and praise this as the best of the series but for my money this is the best entry. Why? Because it is the greatest camp-fest of 1989.(Seriously Cyborg and Road House made more sense.) For starters we have Ralph Macchio looking in his late 20s playing a "kid" we have bad guys who for some reason throw their head back and laugh for no reason. I also want to acknowledge that Thomas Ian Griffith is great in this movie. His laughing at in which he gets the not too bright Daniel LaRusso to kick two by fours as well as punching solid wooden boards is ultimately great to watch. I also loved how Pat Morita refused to train Macchio for no reason, as if Daniel was supposed to drown rather than except the challenge posed by "Karate's Bad Boy" I also love how Macchio never seems to get the girl. (Come on even Sasha Mitchell finally had a wife in Kickboxer 4!) So the sheer homoeroticism between Morita and Macchio make this far more interesting than the hideously boring predecessor. (#2) After all the bickering between the two is non-stop. The Karate Kid III in all seriousness actually takes it's formula and provides more action and pumps up the villains to full effect and really it is this reason why I balk at the notion that this isn't the best movie of the series. In fact I think it makes required viewing for camp addicts, action fans and anyone else game for some fun cheese. Also watch for the final fight sequence which could quite possibly be the most one sided battle ever. Also it is worth watching just for the scene in which Daniel asks "What do we do if they come back?" to which a not even phased Myiagi says "Sing happy song!"

* * * out of 4-(Good)

P.S:Seriously check it out. It is made with enough craftsmanship that you can respect it but so blissfully stupid you just love it.

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