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The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

PG | | Action, Drama, Family | 30 June 1989 (USA)
Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam 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
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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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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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Release Date:

30 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karate Kid 3  »

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$38,956,288 (USA)

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At the time of his casting, Sean Kanan was a green belt in karate. See more »


During the final match, that rest period just before "sudden death" overtime should be 1 minute; it's actually just 30 seconds. See more »


Terry Silver: Now the real pain begins, Danny-boy.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Old vs. New: The Karate Kid (2011) See more »


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Written by Alan Roy Scott, Richard Hahn and Steve Greenberg
Performed by Glenn Medeiros
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A bit vacuous
8 August 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

While this film went back to the more casual appeal of the first film, it proved to be a bit of a rehashing of the first. The only difference, we see Daniel take on the `dark side' (a.k.a. not Mr. Myagi's way) of fighting. Sure, this had to be a little different, but Daniel trying to be a tough guy seemed a little off in a way. Sure, this film was entertaining, but it proved the series was running on empty. However, Mr. Myagi proved he could still kick plenty of butt, making the ending all worth it.

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