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The Karate Kid -- Young Dre Parker (Smith) moves to China with his mother (Henson), where cultural differences make it hard for the once-popular kid to adjust to his new life. Falling for a schoolmate makes him an enemy of the class bully, Cheng, a kung fu disciple. Dre, who knows a little karate but no kung fu, is aided by his building's handyman, Mr. Han (Chan), who teaches the youngster the kung fu's principles.
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The Karate Kid -- Young Dre Parker (Smith) moves to China with his mother (Henson), where cultural differences make it hard for the once-popular kid to adjust to his new life. Falling for a schoolmate makes him an enemy of the class bully, Cheng, a kung fu disciple. Dre, who knows a little karate but no kung fu, is aided by his building's handyman, Mr. Han (Chan), who teaches the youngster the kung fu's principles.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Christopher Murphey (screenplay)
Robert Mark Kamen (story)
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Release Date:
11 June 2010 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Challenge He Never Imagined. A Teacher He Never Expected.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A very below average movie (Review may contain spoilers!!!!!) See more (400 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jaden Smith ... Dre Parker

Jackie Chan ... Mr. Han

Taraji P. Henson ... Sherry Parker

Wenwen Han ... Meiying

Rongguang Yu ... Master Li
Zhensu Wu ... Meiying's Dad
Zhiheng Wang ... Meiying's Mom

Zhenwei Wang ... Cheng
Jared Minns ... Dre's Detroit Friend
Shijia Lü ... Liang
Yi Zhao ... Zhuang
Bo Zhang ... Song
Luke Carberry ... Harry
Cameron Hillman ... Mark
Ghye Samuel Brown ... Oz
Rocky Shi ... Ur Dang
Ji Wang ... Mrs. Po

Harry Van Gorkum ... Music Instructor

Tess Du Cray ... History Teacher (as Tess Liu)
Xinhua Guo ... Tournament Doctor
Jijun Zhai ... Mat 4 Referee
Shun Li ... Mat 5 Referee
Yanyan Wu ... Mrs. Xie
Tao Ji ... Announcer
Chen Jing ... Man on Plane Speaking Chinese
Wentai Liu ... Dude from Detroit
Geliang Liang ... Ping Pong Man
Xu Ming ... Bao
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adrienne Banfield-Jones ... Woman from Detroit (uncredited)
Bill Mackie ... Seamus (uncredited)

Directed by
Harald Zwart 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Christopher Murphey (screenplay)

Robert Mark Kamen (story)

Produced by
Susan Ekins .... executive producer
Sanping Han .... executive producer (as Han San Ping)
Xiaoli Han .... executive producer: China Film Group
Tao Jiang .... executive producer: China Film Group
James Lassiter .... producer
Chiu Wah Lee .... line producer: China
Er-Dong Liu .... line producer: China
Mingyu Peng .... co-associate producer: China Film Group
Jada Pinkett Smith .... producer
Dongming Shi .... associate producer: China Film Group
Will Smith .... producer
Solon So .... co-producer
Ken Stovitz .... producer
Jerry Weintraub .... producer
Dany Wolf .... executive producer
Hai Cheng Zhao .... co-producer: China Film Group (as Haicheng Zhao)
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt 
 
Film Editing by
Joel Negron 
 
Casting by
PoPing AuYeung 
Zoe Thompson 
 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
 
Art Direction by
Second Chan 
 
Costume Design by
Han Feng 
 
Makeup Department
Jinping Chen .... makeup artist
Camille Friend .... hair stylist: Jaden Smith
Changming Gao .... hair stylist
Mark Garbarino .... special makeup effects designer
Jingjing Ma .... hair stylist
Judy Murdock .... makeup artist: Jaden Smith
Jiang Tang .... key makeup artist
Renee J. Vaca .... hair stylist: Jaden Smith
Samuel Wong .... key hair stylist
Jiajun Xu .... makeup artist
Ting Xu .... assistant hair stylist: Jackie Chan
Ting Xu .... assistant makeup artist: Jackie Chan
Xiaohai Yang .... hair stylist: Jackie Chan
Xiaohai Yang .... makeup artist: Jackie Chan
Pj Zeng .... assistant hair stylist
Pj Zeng .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Christie Lee .... associate production manager
Barrett J. Leigh .... production supervisor: second unit
Adam Moos .... Physical Production Executive
Dany Wolf .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doug Coleman .... second unit director
Bin Liao .... third assistant director
Lemon Liu .... second assistant director
Sylvia Liu .... first assistant director: second unit
Mao Mao .... third assistant director: second unit
Han Niu .... second second assistant director
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director
Fei Wong .... second assistant director
Bing Yao .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Christian Cordella .... storyboard artist
Nick Wong Voon Leong .... stand-by props
Christina Trbovich .... art department coordinator
 
Sound Department
Michael J. Benavente .... dialogue editor
Susan Dudeck .... adr editor
Susan Dudeck .... dialogue editor
Alison Fisher .... adr supervisor
Howell Gibbens .... foley editor
Matthew P. Hanson .... assistant sound editor (as Matthew Paul Hanson)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Tateum Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Tricia Linklater .... sound assistant
Howard London .... adr mixer
Martin Lopez .... sound designer (as Martin Jacob Lopez)
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Daniel Pagan .... sound effects editor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Greg ten Bosch .... sound effects editor
Steven Ticknor .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Ticknor .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Shing Chan .... special effects foreman
Luo San Claire .... special effects
Xiang Hong .... special effects foreman
Wai Kit Lau .... special effects supervisor (as Wai-Kit Lau)
Ming Hei Leung .... special effects foreman (as Ming-Hei Leung)
Wai Keung Lo .... special effects foreman (as Wai-Keung Lo)
 
Visual Effects by
Dave Isaac Santos Abuel .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios (as Dave Abuel)
Jon Anastasiades .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration artist
Kenneth Au .... visual effects coordinator: Menfond
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (as Raoul Yorke Bolognini)
Joey Bonander .... visual effects coordinator
Steve Bowen .... digital intermediate colorist
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Aaron Brown .... compositing supervisor
Anthony Bussiere .... visual effects artist
Beau Cameron .... visual effects supervisor
Christian Cordella .... storyboard artist: Menfond
Syd Dutton .... matte painting supervisor: Zoic Studios
Ryan Epp .... digital compositor
Ristra Fajarwaty .... digital compositor
Canossa Fong .... visual effects coordinator: Menfond
Safeer Ghaznavi .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios (as Neil Ghaznavi)
Perry M. Kimura .... film scanning and recording
Cristian A. Kong .... compositor
Slander Kwong .... animator: Menfond
Charles Lai .... digital compositor
Garrett Lam .... visual effects supervisor: Menfond
Matthew Lane .... compositor: Zoic Studios (as Matt Lane)
David Langtry .... visual effects co-producer: Zoic Studios
David Langtry .... visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
Siu Fu Ma .... animator: Menfond (as Siu-Fu Ma)
Darren MacKay .... digital compositor
Fumi Mashimo .... lead matte painter: Zoic Studios (as Fumi Maschimo)
Stu McRae .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist
Meghan L. Noble .... visual effects editor
Thomas Nugent .... digital compositor
Edward Pak .... compositor
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Paxson .... motion control technician
Vasho Pekar .... digital compositor
Greg Rodin .... imaging technician: Colorworks
Cat Rowe .... digital colorist assist
Harrison Rutherford .... digital compositor
David Sliviak .... compositor
Nik Slotiuk .... 3D artist: Zoic Studios
Nik Slotiuk .... cg artist
Kevin Struckman .... cg artist
Kevin Struckman .... lead 3D artist: Zoic Studios
Patrick Thompson .... digital compositor
Elena Topouzoglou .... compositor
Guy Trevers .... scanning and recording
Angel Tsui .... graphic designer: Menfond
Haze Tsui .... graphic designer: Menfond
Victor Wong .... visual effects producer: Menfond
Jiashan Wu .... visual effects coordinator: Menfond
Pak Sheun Yuen .... animator: Menfond (as Pak-Sheun Yuen)
Tong Zhou .... 3D artist: Zoic Studios
Maxx Burman .... matte painter (uncredited)
Scott Stokdyk .... visual effects consultant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chuanyong Cheng .... stunts
Xiubin Du .... stunts
Jun He .... assistant stunt coordinator
Han Guan Hua .... stunts (as Guanhua Han)
Alan Ng .... stunts
Liu Ruoxian .... stunts (as Ruoxian Liu)
Ke Wang .... stunts
Gang Wu .... stunt coordinator
Jian Yang .... stunts
Weixing Yao .... stunts
Maoming Yin .... stunts
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Baker .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jasin Boland .... still photographer
Stephen Early .... second assistant camera: second unit
Michael Fitzgerald .... epk photographer
Tyler Fletcher .... video assist operator
Louis Jong .... key grip
Jeffrey Lulewicz .... video assist assistant
Man-Ching Ng .... camera operator
Fiona Qi .... best boy lighting
Rick Tullis .... second unit: B camera operator
 
Casting Department
Lori Eastside .... additional casting
Angela Gao .... casting assistant
Benjamin G. Malbrough .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Tung .... costume supervisor
Wenqiang Wang .... costumer: Jaden Smith
Kar Yan Yip .... key costumer
Nicole Yuen .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Steve Bowen .... digital colorist
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Harry Muller .... color timer
Meghan L. Noble .... visual effects editor
Nathaniel Park .... editor: main title sequence
Morning Star Schott .... digital intermediate producer (as Morning Star)
Robert Stambler .... post-production assistant
Kevin Stermer .... assistant editor
Rebecca Weigold .... associate editor
Ji Zhao .... post-production assistant
Farnaz .... avid assistant coordinator (uncredited)
Benjamin Sutor .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael K. Bauer .... music editor (as Michael Bauer)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (as DeCrescent and Rotter)
George Doering .... musician
John Finklea .... music editor
Simon Franglen .... synthesizer programmer
Kevin Globerman .... digital score recordist
Jim Henrikson .... supervising music editor
James Horner .... conductor
James Horner .... orchestrator
Kier Lehman .... music department
Skye Lewin .... music editor
Pilar McCurry .... music supervisor
Dean Menta .... assistant music editor
J.A.C. Redford .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... score recordist
Simon Rhodes .... scoring mixer
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor (as DeCrescent and Rotter)
Patrick Spain .... assistant score mixer
Ian Underwood .... synthesizer programmer
Dave Wells .... music librarian
Sylvia Wells .... music scoring coordinator
 
Other crew
Tarrance Alfred .... location manager: second unit
Lark Bernini .... production coordinator
Unjoo Lee Byars .... main title producer
Alexandre Chen .... adr voice group
Yi Song 'Scarlet' Chen .... second unit script supervisor
Ewan Chung .... adr loop group
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Kyle Cooper .... title sequence: creative director
Celeste Den .... adr voice group
Shay Ensley .... assistant: Jada Pinkett Smith
Joe Everett .... unit publicist
Dustin Felder .... acting coach: Jaden Smith
Ruben Ferguson .... first assistant accountant
Shakira Vanise Gamble .... executive assistant to Will Smith
Gary Glushon .... development executive
Victoria Hamilton .... assistant: Will Smith
Victoria Hamilton .... translator: Jaden Smith
Cyrano Hardy .... production assistant
Eric Jensen .... assistant: Mr. Wolf
Lin Jing .... production coordinator
Fiona Landreth .... production accountant
Fiona Landreth .... production controller
Christie Lee .... production assistant
Jianlan Li .... assistant: Mr. Wolf
Xiaoyuan Li .... assistant: Will Smith
Yun Li .... assistant: Mr. Wolf
Michelle Lo .... assistant production coordinator
Eva Perry .... assistant: Mr. Lassiter
Alexis Seton .... assistant: Jada Pinkett Smith
Wei Shen .... production assistant
Cira Sims .... associate: Mr. Lassiter
Keleigh Slaight .... production coordinator
Andrew C. Smith .... key production assistant: Second Unit
Wendy Wang Wei .... production assistant
Adam Wang .... adr loop artist
Bill Wang .... production accountant
Molly Donna Ware .... assistant: Mr. Zwart
Diana C. Weng .... dialect coach: Jackie Chan
Kika Wei Wenxi .... production secretary
Kim Wiethorn .... assistant: Mr. Stovitz
WenQian Yu .... production assistant
Cindy Zhang .... assistant: Mr. Chan
Xianting Zhang .... assistant: Mr. Stovitz
Benjamin Benedetti .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Henry Hobson .... main title design director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jana Babatunde-Bey .... special thanks
William Kong .... special thanks (as Bill Kong)
Peter Loehr .... special thanks
Tracey Nyberg .... special thanks
Gareth Wigan .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Kung Fu Kid" - International (English title) (bootleg title)
"Best Kid" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language
Runtime:
140 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M (original rating) | Australia:PG (re-rating on appeal) | Brazil:10 | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Germany:6 | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | Malaysia:PG-13 | Netherlands:6 | Norway:11 | Peru:PT | Philippines:G (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #45416)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
After Dre and Mr. Han climb the mountain, when they enter the temple, we see people in white clothes moving slowly and methodically, as if dancing. The martial art they are practicing is Tai Chi Chuan (literal translation "Supreme Ultimate Fist").See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Though the plot of the movie revolves around kung fu rather than karate, the title "The Karate Kid" is a direct reference to the bullies calling him the "Karate Kid" when he takes up a stance at the beginning of the fight.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sherry Parker:Dre, you ready?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Nocturne for Piano No. 20 in C Sharp MinorSee more »

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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A very below average movie (Review may contain spoilers!!!!!), 21 August 2010
Author: graeme-kissock from United Kingdom

Perhaps it is a strong sense of nostalgia that invokes a real sense of happiness when i hear the name "The Karate Kid", it is a film from my youth that i will cherish fond memories of forever. However after sitting through the abomination that is the 2010 version of this movie i am extremely irked. The film that taught so many of us about a culture and martial art that was relatively unknown at the time has been sullied and urinated on from a great height.

To call a film the "Karate" kid, when it has absolutely nothing to do about karate is just, in my opinion, a vein attempt to invoke a connection to the original. The film, now set in China (yes, the original was set in America but the premise was an elderly Japanese man teaching a youth about his culture, martial art and becoming the father figure he needed), and focusing on the martial art of Kung Fu, is so far removed from the original they may have well just given it a new name and made it into a new film, although i suppose "The Kung Fu Kid" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

The film is 2 hours and 20 minutes of feeling a little ashamed at yourself for wishing harm to children, which is pretty much all it is for that ridiculously long run time, kids beating up kids. It takes all of about 15 minutes before Jaden Smith gets his arse handed to him by a Chinese kid, but of course Chinese kids beating up an African-American child is so much more P.C than white kids picking on a white kid, right? Oh and we do get the rip off of it being a Kung Fu tourament now, wouldn't want to make it a original at all would we America?

They didn't even attempt to make this its own movie other than changing the scenery and lowering the age limit for getting a whoopin', it even starts the same, Mom gets a transfer so our young protagonist must uproot himself and move to a new city and make new friends and find his new love interest, even though the kids are far too young for love interests we are given the sickeningly sweet moment where young Jaden Smith gets his first kiss, aww... yuck!

The ONLY saving grace to this movie is Jackie Chan, who, although does not give off his usual performance, still gives off his usual charm that we all know and love... but unless you are a DIE HARD Jackie Chan fan, just avoid this movie. Forget it exists, because i wish i could erase the last two and a half hours of my life. My Vote, this gets a below average score of 3/10. The film actually could have been good if they did things a little different. I know they wanted to make it its own movie, which is why it is so far removed from its far superior original, But in doing so they have just made it even more obvious that it is something it will never be... A time tested classic gem from our generation.

Do yourself a favor, go out, buy yourself the re-released digitally remastered box set, get some popcorn on the go and have yourself a good old fashioned good night in with one of the greatest movies of my generation.

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