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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Mark Kamen (characters)
Robert Mark Kamen (written by)
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Release Date:
30 June 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it's man to man.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 nominations See more »
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Unintentionally hilarious – does it deserve a 1, or a 10? See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ralph Macchio ... Daniel

Pat Morita ... Mr. Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)

Robyn Lively ... Jessica

Thomas Ian Griffith ... Terry

Martin Kove ... Kreese

Sean Kanan ... Mike Barnes
Jonathan Avildsen ... Snake

Randee Heller ... Lucille

William Christopher Ford ... Dennis (as Christopher Paul Ford)
Pat E. Johnson ... Referee

Rick Hurst ... Announcer

Frances Bay ... Mrs. Milo
Joseph V. Perry ... Uncle Louie
Jan Tríska ... Milos
Diana Webster ... Margaret
Patrick R. Posada ... Man #1
C. Darnell Rose ... Delivery Man
Glenn Medeiros ... Himself

Gabriel Jarret ... Rudy (as Gabe Jarret)
Doc Duhame ... Security Guard
Randell Dennis Widner ... Sparring Partner #1
Raymond S. Sua ... Sparring Partner #2
Garth Johnson ... Spectator #1
E. David Tetro ... Spectator #2
Helen Lin ... Tahitian Girl #1
Meilani Figalan ... Tahitian Girl #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rob Garrison ... Tommy (archive footage)

Chad McQueen ... Dutch (archive footage)

Tony O'Dell ... Jimmy (archive footage)

William Zabka ... Johnny (archive footage)
John Timothy Botka ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jeremy Edberg ... Uniformed Audience Member (uncredited)
Sandy Shimoda ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ron Thomas ... Bobby (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Avildsen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Mark Kamen (characters)

Robert Mark Kamen (written by)

Produced by
Karen Trudy Rosenfelt .... co-producer
Sheldon Schrager .... executive producer
Doug Seelig .... associate producer (as Douglas Seelig)
Jerry Weintraub .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
 
Cinematography by
Steve Yaconelli (director of photography) (as Stephen Yaconelli)
 
Film Editing by
John G. Avildsen 
John Carter 
 
Casting by
Caro Jones 
 
Production Design by
William F. Matthews 
 
Art Direction by
Christopher Burian-Mohr 
 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Mann 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... key makeup artist
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist
Shanon Ely .... hair stylist
Cheri Ruff .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lester Wm. Berke .... unit production manager
Linda Landry-Nelson .... production manager: Introvision
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clifford C. Coleman .... first assistant director
Hope R. Goodwin .... second assistant director
David N. Schrager .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Elijah Bryant .... swing gang
Richard Evans .... property assistant
Joseph C. Fama .... construction foreman
Sam Gordon .... property master
Dick Lasley .... illustrator
Richard Leon .... property assistant
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Terry Shugrue .... swing gang
Carl J. Stensel .... set designer
Jerry Wax .... lead man
Ronnie Sue Wexler .... swing gang
Robert Wittenberg .... construction painter
 
Sound Department
Eddie Becker .... foley editor
William C. Carruth .... adr editor
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Jack Dronsky .... adr assistant
Susan Dudeck .... foley editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bobby Mackston .... dialogue editor (as Robert Mackston)
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Kay Rose .... adr editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising adr editor
Clem Sheaffer .... cable person
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
Joel Valentine .... sound effects editor
Forest Williams .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Dennis Dion .... special effects foreman
Walter Dion .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
John Coats .... producer: visual effects (as John Coates)
Gene Dobrzyn .... production coordinator: visual effects
Tim Donahue .... art director: visual effects
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman
William Mesa .... director of visual effects (as Bill Mesa)
Andrew Naud .... producer: visual effects
David Stump .... camera: visual effects
Marcus Tate .... producer: visual effects
Chris Dawson .... model maker (uncredited)
Stephen Lebed .... model maker (uncredited)
Warren E. Riggs .... prop sculptor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Clarke Coleman .... stunt double
Fumio Demura .... stunt double
Thomas Dewier .... stunt double (as Thomas De Wier)
Pat E. Johnson .... stunts choreographer
Carol Neilson .... stunt double
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunt double
Tony Snegoff .... stunt double
William Morts .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer (as Ronald Batzdorff)
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Jeffrey R. Clark .... first assistant camera
Gary J. Dodd .... best boy
Gary R. Dodd .... grip
Jim Dunford .... best boy
Jim Dunford .... grip
Scott Fieldsteel .... best boy
Jack N. Green .... aerial camera operator
Frank Keever .... key grip
William Kenney .... dolly grip
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer
Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator
Edward Morey III .... camera operator
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Jeffrey Norvet .... first assistant camera
Joe A. Ponticelle .... second assistant camera
David St. Onge .... best boy
Elizabeth Ziegler .... Steadicam operator
William McLachlan .... automated lighting programmer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Chavez .... key costumer
Thomas E. Johnson .... costume supervisor: men (as Tom Johnson)
 
Editorial Department
Douglas Brumer .... assistant film editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Phil Hetos .... color timer
David Holden .... additional editor
Jere Huggins .... additional editor
David Jansen .... apprentice film editor
Thomas G. Jingles .... apprentice film editor
Trevor Jolly .... first assistant editor
Frederika Kesten .... apprentice film editor
Kevin Lindstrom .... assistant film editor
Russell Paris .... post-production coordinator
Mark Sadusky .... assistant film editor
Rex Stewart .... assistant film editor
Merry Tigar .... apprentice film editor
Rick Tuber .... assistant film editor
Stanley Wohlberg .... assistant film editor (as Stan Wohlberg)
 
Music Department
Brooks Arthur .... music supervisor
Jack Eskew .... orchestrator
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4 (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Celia Weiner .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Belyeu .... transportation captain (as Richard C. Belyeu)
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
David Bandler .... assistant: John G. Avildsen
James Barrett .... advisor: bonsai plants
Howard Brandy .... unit publicist
James Crabe .... the Karate Kid family will miss our dear friend (as Jimmy Crabe)
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager
Patricia L. DeShields .... production accountant
Thomas Dewier .... rappelling advisor (as Thomas De Wier)
Joyce Wilson Fetherolf .... assistant: John G. Avildsen
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor
Craig Hosking .... helicopter pilot
Pat E. Johnson .... martial arts choreographer
Kathryn J. McDermott .... assistant: Shel Schrager
Roy Nagatoshi .... advisor: bonsai plants
Karyn Saffro .... production associate
Joyce Warren .... production coordinator (as Joyce M. Warren)
Jamie Weintraub .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Jody Weintraub .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Julie Weintraub .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Sarah Weintraub .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Anne Marie Yantos .... production associate
Lynette Katselas .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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112 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
While a struggling actor sean kanan once was a bouncer at a bar, called The Stadium in Dorchester Massachusetts.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Kreese and Silver bow and say "Party time!" to each other before the fight with Miyagi in the Cobra Kai Dojo, the shadow of the person holding the boom mic can be seen in the mirror behind them.See more »
Quotes:
Terry Silver:[in steam filled bathroom talking to John Kreese on phone] I'm telling you, we will be up and running.
John Kreese:[getting back massaged] What about the winners?
Terry Silver:Those two jerk offs are taking up all my time. But you just relax. For the boy he will compete. I'm telling you too, that he is going to be begging me to be his teacher. And what he's going to learn from me is pain in every part of his body. And fear in every part of his mind. But here's the kicker he's going to thank me for it later. Then I'm going to think he's invincible. But then when he steps out into the ring of the tournament, he's really going to find out what pain's all about.
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Movie Connections:
Features The Karate Kid (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bed O'NailsSee more »

FAQ

Why is Daniel living with Mr Miyagi? Where is his mother?
How do John Kreese and Terry Silver know each other?
Do Yukie and Kumiko come back from Japan with Daniel and Mr Miyagi?
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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Unintentionally hilarious – does it deserve a 1, or a 10?, 27 July 2012
Author: bayou_hannibal from United States

I don't know how many stars to give this movie, because a 1 tells you not to see it, and a 10 tells you that it is an excellent movie. Truth be told, this is one of the worst movies ever made, and that is why you absolutely must see it. It is more unintentionally funny than most actual comedies, and it provides as much entertainment value by accident as lots of movies do on purpose. It is like a train wreck, but with this wreck, the passengers are all slipping on banana peels as they exit the train.

Here is what I think happened – the producers decided that they wanted to cash in on the franchise one more time, so they decided to bring back Mr. Miyagi and Daniel for one last hurrah. The script writers cooked up another story about Daniel fighting the Cobra Kais, getting beaten up, competing in the karate tournament once again, and then winning in the end. Then Ralph Macchio showed up for day 1 pudgy and out of shape, and panic erupted. Quickly, the script was rewritten with all of Daniel's fight scenes taken out, and the tournament rules changed so that all Daniel had to do to defend his title was show up for the last fight. I find it next to impossible that anyone associated with this movie honestly expected the audience to buy this, but they were far enough into the project that they had no choice but to finish it.

So what do we get? We get an hour and a half of poor Danny getting abused over and over again. He's chubby. He's pushing 30, but he is still 17 in the movie and he sounds like he is about 13. He gets punched. He gets taunted. He gets kicked in the balls. His, uh, "girlfriend" gets harassed and almost assaulted as some bullies trash Mr. Miyagi's shop, but Mr. Miyagi does absolutely nothing but push the bullies out the door. At no point, does it cross anyone's mind to call the cops. At some point, we start sympathizing more with the bullies than Daniel. He is such a wimp with no defensive instincts, and at this point, Mr. Miyagi seems like an insensitive dope because he makes Daniel get beaten to a pulp multiple times before he will finally agree to train him.

You can tell that just about everybody acting in this movie knows that it's a stinker, so why bother trying? Ralph Macchio totally phones in his performance, and so does Pat Morita (Miyagi). The minor actors in the movie, like Thomas Ian Griffith (the evil pony tail guy) and Martin Kove (the big evil trainer from the first movie) seem to get the joke here. They play over the top, exaggerated cartoon villains, whose only function is to be pointlessly mean. They are grown men, but their lives revolve around torturing a 17 year old boy as revenge for winning a karate tournament. At the end, Daniel finally faces down the big bully. Only this time, he doesn't try to throw any punches or block anything. He just stands there like a doughboy punching bag, yelping out in pain with his girly voice. I have always thought that the greatest achievement of the first two movies was that they made Daniel's triumphs believable and convincing. Since Mr. Miyagi focused on defense and maintaining a positive attitude, Daniel could survive a fight against a privileged bully and a brutal Okinawan street fighter who did not have this kind of positive influence. But in this one, it's just a massive beating. It is just so hard to take seriously that you get a sadistic pleasure out of it, kind of like watching somebody get hammered with a 2X4 in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Maybe the worst thing about this movie is that deep down, somewhere buried underneath the terrible acting and the awful script, there were some good ideas here. A Vietnam vet befriending Daniel and teaching him the darker side of martial arts – sounds like a story with a lot of potential. Maybe the world isn't inherently a good place. Maybe life has predators and prey, and maybe a Vietnam vet is an appropriate guy to teach that to Daniel, who up to this point is still pretty naïve. Maybe a movie that questioned the idealism of the first two and dug into some gray areas could have been really good. But, nope! We just got a tired rehash of the lessons from the first two movies, but they don't even seem to make sense here. Our Vietnam vet is actually just a villain – so cartoony that he even goes around a corner for a sneaky evil laugh while he listens to Daniel punch a piece of wood. Ouch! This one shows up on cable somewhere every once in a while, and if you can catch it, I highly recommend it. Invite some friends over, have a few beers, and have a few laughs at the expense of this tire fire.

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