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The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

PG  |   |  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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Release Date:

15 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karate Kid 3  »

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$38,956,288 (USA)

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Sean Kanan had been a fan of the franchise for years before being cast, having seen The Karate Kid (1984) and The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) ten times each before learning of the plans for a second sequel. See more »


When Miyagi sends Barnes flying through the Cobra-Kai door into the dojo, if you look closely, you can see some sort of table (with a blue tinge to it) that Barnes used to jump off of and into the door from. See more »


Terry Silver: [to Mike Barnes before the match] Remember the game plan. First you win a point, then you lose a point. Keep the score at zero-zero. Pulverize him for the full three minutes. Then in sudden death you get the point, we win. I want him to experience pain. First he suffers.
John Kreese: Then he suffers some more.
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Horrible, terrible conclusion to the trilogy.
30 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ya just gotta ask, "What were they thinking?" The first movie was a classic

  • a genuine piece of pop culture, and a great "underdog" movie. While the

second wasn't as good, it was still a decent movie which expanded on the story of Daniel & Mr. Miyagi. But this one stunk up the joint... first off the new bad guy Terry Silver (the millionaire mogul/karate expert) is laughable as a villain - his performance is *so* over the top it's ridiculous. It's obvious they got someone who knew his karate, but didn't know jack about acting. It's also ironic that he's actually younger than Ralph Macchio

Robyn Lively - she's attractive enough, but belongs in sitcoms. Also, what's with Daniel *never* getting the girl in the long term???

As for Macchio - I don't know... he seemed to be *way* too enthusiastic. Was he this much of a motormouth in the first two movies? It's almost as if he was trying too hard to compensate for the fact that he is five years older, trying to portray a character that is only one year older.

The pacing of this movie is all wrong. They spend way too much time on trivialities such as the Macchio/Lively relationship. What was the point of that anyway? There was hardly any time spent on the training and actual fight (and as any fan of the Rocky movies could tell you, that's the most important part!)

As for the karate itself, it's L A M E. The Karate Kid series has always been more about the philosophy behind martial arts rather than the physical aspect. All of Mr. Miyagi's wise platitudes are dead-on, but the "crane technique" would be easily countered by any half-competent black belt. Even so, it worked in the first two flicks. But in this one, it's just ridiculous. The final fight, the "bad boy of karate" is whipping Daniel like a government mule, then in sudden death Daniel decides to break into his "Secret Miyagi family kata", which causes both his opponent and his partners to suddenly back away in fear! This is so absolutely ridiculous it's pathetic. Once again, any competent karate student would simply look at Daniel with a bit of confusion, then continue on with the business of kicking his butt. It just seemed all too anti-climactic.

I'm really surprised they made a fourth movie after this stinker, but at least it gave us our first look at Hillary Swank. Yum :)

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