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The Karate Kid (2010)

PG | | Action, Drama, Family | 11 June 2010 (USA)
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Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zhensu Wu ...
Zhiheng Wang ...
Jared Minns ...
Dre's Detroit Friend
Shijia Lü ...
Yi Zhao ...
Bo Zhang ...
Luke Carberry ...
Cameron Hillman ...
Ghye Samuel Brown ...


12-year-old Dre Parker has moved to China, and finds himself like a fish out of water. He befriends a fellow classmate, Mei Ying, only to make a rival, Cheng, who starts to bully and attack Dre. Soon, Mr Han, the maintenance man of Dre's apartment, fends off Cheng and his friends when they are attacking Dre and signs Dre up to fight in the Kung Fu tournament in return for the bullies laying off of Dre. Dre realizes Mr. Han is much more than a maintenance man, when he's revealed as a master of Kung Fu and Dre soon learns that Kung Fu is about self defense and peace, instead of violence and bloodshed. Written by Kennedy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Challenge He Never Imagined. A Teacher He Never Expected.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Kid  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,665,805, 13 June 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$176,591,618, 19 September 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$359,126,022, 23 September 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The martial arts-schools mentioned at the climactic "Open Kung-Fu Tournament of Champions" are:

1. The Fighting Dragon School 2. The Thousand-Hand Team 3. The Wu-Dao School 4.. The Crane Wu-Shu School 5. The Twin-Dragon Wu-Shu School 6. The Seven-Stars School (omitted from final draft of screenplay) 7. The Dancing Lion School (omitted from final draft of screenplay) See more »


In the music competition scene, the boy playing Flight of the Bumblebee is heard playing high notes near the end of the music but is at the left (low) end of the keyboard with both hands. See more »


[first lines]
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Crazy Credits

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 23 July 2010 (2010) See more »


Back in Black
Written by Brian Johnson, Angus Young and Malcolm Young
Performed by AC/DC
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See it, or Flee it?
13 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Currently, with a 5.1/10 rating, this is a very underrated film. I don't understand why Jaden Smith is getting so much hate, whether it is because he was "pushed in" to the movie business or if it's because he's playing a black person who moves to China, where in the original, the main character is white. I can tell that a large amount of people that voted haven't even seen this before. This film contains beautiful cinematography, great fighting scenes, and fun music for the audience to listen to.

Let's forget that the main character is black, and is moving to China, for a second. Do you think this movie would still have gotten 5.1/10? I truly recommend this film to everyone. Children and even adults will like this movie. Before you go to the movie, don't base it on the IMDb rating, because most likely, you'll go into the film thinking it's bad, then going with the crowd. First, check the IMDb message boards, or check a website with real critics like Rotten Tomatoes, or AOL movies.

This is one of the my favourite films (though not the best) of 2010, and should not be missed by anybody. So should you ask the question "See it, or flee it?" I will, and as will many others respond with a "see it". 7/10.

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