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39 out of 48 people found the following review useful:

wow

10/10
Author: hyperbolian from United States
6 January 2007

A dog suspended from the ceiling by a cable attached to a harness. Pat Morita pretending to be Chinese. A dog coaching a human on what to say to his dinner date through an earpiece from the bushes. A police detective who owns a million dollar house on the San Francisco bay. A Dalmatian that plays the cello. A fat kid with an earring. A terrier djing the party and scratching on the turntables. A woman who never closes her mouth. A movie named KARATE dog where everyone is supposed to be doing Chinese martial arts. A bumbling, overzealous dog catcher who keeps all the animals in a Guantanamo bay styled facility where they scrawl "woof" and other graffiti on the wall.

Sound great already? It only gets better: A dog takes on 5 human assassins who just defeated his human master and beats them into submission using the martial prowess he achieved spending much of his life as his masters top student. In a flurry of punches and kicks he renders all of them unconscious and/or sets their butt on fire. He bites the leader on the wrist (who is wearing a mask) and spends the rest of the movie trying to solve the mystery of the bitten leader by looking for visual clues such as a band-aids on the wrist etc. Apparently, the greatest canine martial artist to ever live made some sort of Faustian deal where he traded in his canine sense of smell for the ability to roundhouse kick people who are over 6 feet tall.

An all dog band called "the puppies". A repairman disguise kit for infiltrating hi-tech corporate headquarters that says "barker industries" on the back. A Trojan'd compact disc that literally blows up every computer within a 50 foot radius and cuts the building's power when you stick it in a CD drive on a PC.

This movie is great.

Underlying it all is a malicious thread of species-ism in the form of dog-cat hatred. At every opportunity defamatory and slanderous anti-feline sentiments are expressed, implied, and presented in a manner that reveals the deep seated prejudice of the screen writer. The only human minorities in the movie are two moron policemen who constantly make lowbrow, lewd innuendos at every given opportunity, referencing bestiality. Their ethnicity? Surprise! LATINO.

If this wasn't already some of the most exciting cinema of the new millennium, add to that the physics defying martial choreography, featuring mouth-breathing blonde bombshells doing two legged back kicks after running up the wall and septuagenarian sport board breaking.

It concerns me deeply that English speaking children are shown mindless drivel like this without consideration of the lasting emotional and spiritual injury that could be incurred.

The only disappointment? On the cover of the DVD it shows the dog wearing a headband. The dog NEVER wears a headband ONCE in the whole movie.

In summation: the greatest film ever made.

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22 out of 39 people found the following review useful:

a big, steaming pile of dog crap!!!

1/10
Author: Knewsense78 from Mass
29 May 2006

Where to begin with THE KARATE DOG, a terrible movie from beginning to end. What could of been a funny movie ends up being a snoozer. Or, is that a woofer? Anyway, everyone is wasted in this movie. Now, I know Simon Rex is no, well, he's not much of anything but he has been in better movies than this crap fest. Jaime Pressly, his love interest, must of graduated from C.A.C., CRAP ACTRESS COLLEGE, cause if she does have any acting talent of any kind she damn sure doesn't display it here. Watching her act is like pooping razor blades, pretty damn painful. No, I've never pooped razor blades but you know it would be painful. Hell, it would probably kill you. And what's up with Jon Voight? His performance as the bad guy is so over-the-top it is pathetic. I will admit, Cho-Cho is quite unique but even the Karate Dog can't hold this movie together. I did laugh in this movie. It wasn't at anything that was said or done though. It was at the damn CGI, so crappy it made my eyes sore. They say not to lay down with sleeping dogs cause you'll wake up with fleas and I'll never lay down to watch this movie again. Damn, something's biting me!!!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Cute dog

6/10
Author: sirnanners from United States
3 June 2006

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To the person asking in another comment:the dog looks like a Briard. I love the dog. The dog is the reason to watch the movie. Who can resist watching his fuzzy ears wiggle, and the real dog tricks! The karate stuff with the computer generated dog was pretty fake looking and hokey. I thought Jon Voight, Chevy Chase, and the guy who played Fowler did good jobs. Some parts are worth watching more than once, such as when Fowler trips the dog catcher, and when the dog is lowered in the harness. It's nice to see a movie that doesn't have foul language,gore, or nudity in it. Just a nice family movie without a lot of blowing things up. Too bad this site doesn't list the real name of the dog, since he is the star of the movie.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Kids will enjoy this one and adults will have an few good laughs with this silly comedy.

6/10
Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada
6 September 2007

SFPD Computer Expert Peter Flower (Simon Rex) investigates the murder of an man (The late Pat Morita), what seems to be a murder/robbery case. But Peter discover that the man, who recently murder has an dog named Cho Cho (Voiced by Chevy Chase). Which Cho Cho could actually talk to Humans and he's the only witness to the crime. Cho Cho feels that his master was up to something and Peter tries to help Cho Cho to solve it. So Cho Cho could avenged his master's murderer. But Cho Cho and Peter finds themselves an strange case that involves Dogs on the race track and an millionaire (Jon Voight), who thinks who found the fountain of young by using Drugs and Dog DNA!

Directed by the late Bob Clark (Black Christmas, A Christmas Story, Porky's) made an silly comedy that aimed at Kids. Although the low-budget of the film is hurt by most of the CGI effects on the film. An bigger budgeted was certainly needed in this film as well. But it's Chase as the voice of "Cho Cho" makes it bearable. Chase certainly gives most of the laughs in this one. Rex is likable enough in the movie and he has an hilarious sequence with Jaime Pressly in the restaurant scene. Only Voight seems to be embarrassed with his film and he gets goofier by the minute with his bizarre performance. Which Voight must paid well to be in this movie and he got to work with Clark again on the "Baby Geniuses 2"!

The Canadian DVD has an fine Pan & Scan (1.33:1) transfer and an decent Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. The movie works best during the first half and This is certainly not the best work of Clark's or his worst. But it's decent enough and it is certainly better than "Baby Geniuses". Voight reunited with his co-star Ron Lester from "Varsity Blues" Voight even executive produced this oddball movie. (** ½/*****).

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Silly, Reminds me of that Kibbles and Bits Commercial

2/10
Author: BigWhiskers from United States
26 September 2006

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Remember that dog food commercial that had dogs magically doing hip hop dance steps because they were so excited about Kibbles and Bits. Cute for a commercial but stretched into a movie not so cute. The plot about a murdered man,Pat Morita(Arnold of Happy Days fame) and his kung fu fighting dog is just plain silly. I laughed as I watched every time the dog did a kung fu stance ,it was just like the dog food commercial. And how about Jon Voight ??? An academy award winner in this movie. What was he thinking ,hamming it up for the cameras no doubt. How far has he fallen. Much too old to do action stunts most of his martial arts scenes are unconvincing stunt doubles. Only redeeming value is younger kids might find it amusing until the next pet food commercial comes out.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Mildly entertaining, this movie is more of a family film

5/10
Author: daltimus1 from United States
8 June 2006

This movie is a great family film. Looking for something clean, fun and entertaining for the whole family, this movie will serve the purpose. It is by no means a riveting drama or a hilarious comedy. However, it will be fun for the kids and mildly entertaining for adults. Just by the tittle you should get the idea that the movie is not a serious one. The dog in this movie who talks and does karate is bent on helping a cop find the killer of his previous owner. The cop gets himself into all kinds of trouble as he struggles to produce evidence. Of course a minor plot is his relationship with a female cop who he infatuated with. The dog of course tries to help him with this as well. I guess you will have to watch to see how everything turns out.

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Karate Dog

7/10
Author: mdbaby7997 from United States
21 August 2006

I for one really liked Karate Dog it had a good plot and story line... The acting wasn't top notch, it had somewhat known actors like Simon Rex(think Scary Movie) and Ron Lester( BillyBob -Varsity Blues)along side popular actors like Chevy Chase, Pat Morita, Jon Voight, Jaime Presley, & Lori Petti, remember Colar the computer with a voice? Yep that was her! (also known as Kit Keller in A League of Their Own). But it was still a very good family movie. Kids will surely love it, along with their moms and dads.

The whole Matrix movie thing is a little warn out though, especially the whole part with the dog bending over backwards & slow motion with flying specs, it is used way too much in movies now, along with John Voight standing on top of the Cage sign on top of the building yelling he's on top of the world with outstretched arms like he is in the Titanic movie, which is also used way too much in movies, but still as far as the entire film goes it was very funny, it cheered me up unlike most of today's movies. I for one didn't think it was total crap. Just maybe it lacked in some parts...

Thanks for reading my comment.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

This movie is Danton bad

1/10
Author: Taco Inine
31 August 2008

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This movie is so bad. You can easily tell when they use the CGI for the dog and it looks terrible anyways. The fight scenes with the dog looked awkward and bad. The voice of the dog was so annoying that every time he talked I died a little on the inside. This movie is so low budget, and its worse than other low budget movies like "Snakes on a Train", and "Ninja Cheerleaders". The continuity in the movie is terrabad. The "trained assassins" (according to the movie) were people in generic thug costumes and had no weapons, they also got beat up by a CGI dog that was movie faster than a dog physically could. The main villain is a guy wearing a white mask who can't talk unless he is holding his neck. This movie deserves a rating of -10/100 but I rated it a 1 because I had to. You know, by 2004 I thought that there would be some standards when making movies but, I guess I was horribly mistaken. In the part of the movie where the dog puts the disk in the computer that makes every other computer in the building explode with sparks that is just unreal, you can tell that the dogs paw is no connected to its body and is just a sock puppet. This movie is bad. It's Danton bad.

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Karate chop this movie in half!

1/10
Author: tamimarie228 from Iowa
30 May 2006

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This movie is all wrapped up in about the first hour and half. A dog that talks karate chops a gang that has killed his master. After that, he goes around and makes terrible jokes then sniffs other dogs butts. Oh, he also chases cats. No surprises and even my dog wouldn't watch this stupid movie.

I understand that Chevy Chase could waste time in another stupid movie, but Jon Voight? I had a lot of respect for his acting career until I saw this chop suey pile of trash. In this movie he plays some southern Asian guy with a really bad dress on. I am not not sure what is going on and his hair is funny too.

It is more painful to watch than a dog bite.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Dogs (or at least their voice actors) are talented, most humans aren't

Author: vchimpanzee from NC
1 July 2013

Chin Li works for Hamilton Cage, who runs a track where greyhounds are raced. Cage also has big plans, as an illegal drug shows great promise for improving the quality of life of people. But apparently Chin Li stood in the way of this, as a masked assassin kills him in front of his dog Cho Cho.

Of the cops investigating the case, only Peter Fowler, a computer geek who has developed COLAR (sort of like Siri), appears likely to be headed in the right direction. Chin Li has advised Cho Cho to talk only to those who seek truth, so Cho Cho opens up to Fowler.

Fowler thinks it's some kind of trick, but he eventually believes Cho Cho is really talking. But he can't convince anyone else: the same thing happens to him that happened to that construction worker who found Michigan J. Frog.

No matter: Fowler can pursue the case on his own. And he has help from the pretty Ashley, a cop who wants to be a detective like her father, her grandfather, her great-grandfather ...

Meanwhile, Fowler is interested in Ashley romantically. This leads to a hilarious Cyrano de Bergerac scene in a restaurant.

Southern Beauty, one of the greyhounds, is really good. Too good. The truth eventually comes out, but this means potential danger for our heroes.

The Cage children seem more ambitious than their father. Could they be the killers? Or does the father know everything? Or is someone else involved?

The actors doing the voices for the dogs--especially Chevy Chase--seem to be the most talented here. Also Nicollette Sheridan as a white cat who provides valuable help getting things done. And Lori Petty is quite good as Fowler's version of Siri.

The dogs, and the cat, are also talented musicians. Or appear to be.

The animals can't be that talented, but CGI helps. It's realistic only in the sense that if dogs could move like this, they would look this way.

The movie's title is misleading in that karate is rarely used, but it is used. Cho Cho and Cage also breakdance. You KNOW that's not Jon Voight doing most of it.

And what about Jon Voight? Isn't he a respected actor? What is he doing here? He's not that good, although you could blame the drugs. Still, it is possible for an actor to show talent as someone going senile, even comically. I'm just not sure that's what's happening here.

Jaime Pressly hadn't won any of her Emmys yet, but she does show promise here. Ashley is sweet and intelligent, and of course beautiful.

It's a kid's fantasy, though a little on the violent side for young kids. But I can't see this appealing to that many adults.

Still, it made me relatively happy.

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