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The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

 -  Action | Drama | Family  -  15 April 1989 (USA)
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Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietman War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.



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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 ...


John Kreese, his life in tatters after his karate school was defeated by Daniel and Miyagi, visits Terry Silver, a Vietnam War comrade. Terry is a ruthless businessman and martial arts expert, and he vows to help Kreese gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, and reestablish Cobra Kai. Upon returning from Okinawa, Daniel and Miyagi discover that their apartment building has been demolished, which brings Miyagi out of work. Going against Miyagi's wishes, Daniel uses his college funds to realize Miyagi's dream of opening a bonsai tree shop, and becomes a partner in the bonsai business. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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


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15 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Terry Silver: All right, all right, I've heard enough. I've made up my mind. This slope, what's his name - Miyagi - and that punk kid - I'm gonna get them for what they did to you. They made you suffer, so I'm gonna make them suffer... and suffer and suffer and when I think they've suffered enough, then I start with the pain.
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Final episode of the enjoyable trilogy with the lovely duo taking on violent bad guys
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This third installment in the Karate Kid series begins moments after the conclusion of the second movie . This is an entertaining and heartwarming martial arts movie in which appears the intimate Ralph Macchio but the show belongs to Noriyuki , Pat Morita . First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it's man to man. The story deals with the troublesome young boy named Daniel , after vanquishing the Cobra Kais, and Miyagi humiliating their Sensei , Kreese (Martin Kove) and then all his pupils desert him . Kreese decides to close the Dojo , he then tells to his partner , Terry (Thomas Ian Griffith) , who is also the Dojo's proprietary , to turn in the keys , and announces that he is leaving city . Terry decides to send him on holiday , and while he's away , he'll get his particular vendetta on Daniel ( Ralph Macchio) and Miyagi (Pat Morita) . As the bad guy from KK1 attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the aid of an old army buddy . Part of his scheme is to recruit a violent karate fighter named Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) , to contend Daniel in the championship but Miyagi thinks that it's not a priority . Again Daniel aware that Kung Fu is his salvation, as he fights an evil nemesis , facing down a deadly contender trained by an expert Karate man . Meanwhile , Daniel makes a new enemy and a new love , the latter named Jessica (is quite well performed by newcomer Robyn Lively). Then Mike terrorizes Daniel and his girlfriend and he faces an old rival .

This enjoyable third entry , a sort of junior version of 'Rocky', develops one more time a sincere and deep friendship among two protagonists , the rockie young boy and the wise old man . Using more than his fists , Daniel/Ralph Macchio learns about himself and the sense of life . As Miyagi/Morita , the great master of martial arts , teaches him that Kung Fu is not about punches and parries , but maturity and calm . Agreeable and likable acting by two main actors, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita , accompanied by newcomer Robyn Lively along with the ordinary plethora of nasties this time played by Thomas Ian Griffith , Martin Kove , Sean Kanan , among others . The picture contains adequate cinematography by Yaconelli and long-standing score by Bill Conti , including usual leitmotif . This feel-good message picture is professionally directed by John G. Avildsen .

The two previous films, all produced by Jerry Weintraub , written by Robert Kamen and directed by John G Avildsen , are the following : original Karate Kid I (1984) in which are presented the classic characters and including Elizabeth Shue , Karate Kid II(1986) where the protagonists travel to Okinawa with Tamlyn Tomita , and subsequently ¨The new Karate Kid¨ by Christopher Cain with Hilary Swank and again Pat Morita . And recent version ¨Kung Fu kid¨ (2010) by Harald Zwart , it results to be a good remake starred by Jackie Chan , Jaden Smith and Taraji P Henson . Rating Karate Kid III : Acceptable and passable following , worthwhile seeing . This heartwarming and sure-fire crowd pleaser picture will appeal to Karate Kid trilogy fans.

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