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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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Writers (WGA):
Christopher Murphey (screenplay)
Robert Mark Kamen (story)
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Release Date:
11 June 2010 (USA) See more »
A Challenge He Never Imagined. A Teacher He Never Expected.
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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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
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)
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)
David U. Lee .... consultant (uncredited)
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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Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language
140 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)
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Did You Know?

Jaden Smith spent three months in training for the film.See more »
Continuity: When Dre's jacket is on the ground before Mr. Han tells him to pick it up, the jacket is seen in many different places before the final shot.See more »
[first lines]
Sherry Parker:Dre, you ready?
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Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix)See more »


Is"The Karate Kid" based on a book?
Where were the scenes of the Taoist priests shot?
What is the song that plays when Mr. Han decides to teach Dre kung fu?
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57 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
Bad scripts & Poor acting, 12 February 2011
Author: nsanefire from United States

After renting the movie, I was definitely not impressed with the script, nor with the acting. Being a fan of the original that came out when i was a kid, I'm a little biased but looking at it apart from the original series, it still REALLY SUCKED. Of course, one of the biggest fouls is they're labeling it the "Karate" Kid, the Japanese martial art, when in the movie Jaden Smith's character learns Kung Fu, the Chinese martial art. Even for franchising purposes, it's still pretty stupid. For me, the movie painted several very unrealistic scenarios. The biggest one was the casting of Taraji P. Henson to play the role of Sherry. The whole movie, she presents her character as a complete idiot who knows almost nothing about the world or her son and has somehow miraculously survived layoffs & firings to be transferred to the same job in Beijing. She portrays her character so poorly it makes the plot extremely unbelievable in that no one would ever move someone this dumb to what would presumably be a somewhat important position, or any position for that matter, half way across the world. Somehow they must be short of workers in China and need ours for some reason or another. Another unrealistic scenario was the portrayal of the Chinese students portraying than a group of Americanized thugs completely removed from their parents & their culture. I've been many places in the world but there's no other place on earth where respect & honor are held in such high regard and the extent of their actions are far beyond what you would even see here in the U.S., . Not only that but the script makes it seem like everyone in Beijing looks the other way when this kid is getting the crap beat out of him. It's really an insult to the Chinese culture on many levels. And are to believe that Jaden Smith's Character learned several months, if not a years, worth of Kung Fu & strength training in the matter of days, only by hanging up a jacket on a mere peg? NO, NO WAY!!! It's about as stupid as thinking you will learn a martial art from Diamond Dave, "The Redneck Ninja". I get they're trying to recycle the "Wax on, Wax off" example from the Karate Kid 1 but this is just ridiculous. As for the acting of Jaden Smith, his interaction with every cast member is flaky at best and so was his acting overall, especially with his Chinese love interest which seemed more like two 10 year olds trying to carry out a teenage relationship. As a whole, the script is downright terrible and the acting was extremely weak if not dreadful. Although it was entertaining enough and it's definitely not the worst movie I've ever seen, you should save you money & look for something else.

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