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Sony PIctures has released a sneak peak at their upcoming slate of 2010 releases. The films include Legion, Dear John, The Bounty Hunter, Death At A Funeral, Takers, The Karate Kid, Grown Ups, Salt, The Other Guys, Eat Pray Love, Priest, Born To Be A Star, The Roomate, The Social Network, Burlesque, and The Green Hornet.Legion - January 22nd In the supernatural action thriller Legion, an out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).Dear John - February 5th Directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, Dear John tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, »
Columbia Pictures recently released this high quality movie trailer for the upcoming remake “The Karate Kid” aka Kung Fu Kid by director Harald Zwart (The Pink Panther 2) and starring Jackie Chan (Rush Hour 3, Chinese Zodiac) and Jaden Smith (The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Pursuit of Happyness). Synopsis: Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith stars in this updated version of the 1980’s film that starred Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. While the new film will be set in Beijing, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor. Jaden Smith’s character moves to Beijing with [...] »
- Brian Corder
By Wrap Staff
In this version, American kid Dre Parker (Smith) moves to China with his mom and must learn to defend himself when cultures clash. Enter the dragon... er, Jackie Chan, to help him out. (Scroll down.) »
- Lisa Horowitz
I defy you to find an 80’s child who doesn’t recognize it when someone poses for the “Crane Kick.” The move was made legendary when it was used to win the “All Valley Karate Championship” at the end of 1984’s The Karate Kid. The film was the beginning of a franchise that became an institution for tons of teens during that decade, and now they’ve gone and remade it.
The reboot stars Jackie Chan as “Mr. Han” and Jaden Smith (The Day the Earth Stood Still and Will Smith’s son), as “Dre Parker.” It’s an updated story that takes the setting from Southern California to Beijing. Mr. Han will be teaching Dre karate (or maybe it will be kung-fu – most American audiences don’t know the difference) and putting him through workouts that might strain Jean Claude van Damme.
The movie also features Taraji P. Henson »
- John Muth
First 'Karate Kid' remake movie trailer hits the net & shows great action. Columbia Pictures has just released the first new "Karate Kid" remake movie trailer yesterday,and I must say that it looks better than I thought it would. It appears to have a lot of action in it,and good fight scenes. The movie stars: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, and Taraji P. Henson. "The Karate Kid" remake revolves around characters, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) and Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). It's set in an exotic Asian locale,and borrows elements from the original "Karate Kid" movie where young Dre Parker learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor, Mr. Han. »
Director: Beeban Kidron
Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.
Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.
Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »
- Garth Franklin
Will Smith's son Jaden takes over the title role from Ralph Macchio as a scrawny kid who is taken under the wing of an unlikely mentor, Jackie Chan in place of Pat Morita. The film looks to mix plot elements from the first and second Karate Kid films as Jaden's character learns Karate after having traveled to China and fancied a girl a young local karate fighter already has eyes on.
The trailer is surprisingly familiar with many nods to the original films and far less "lame" than some feared the remake would be. If anything, it will be a vehicle for young Jaden Smith to kick start his acting career and follow in his father's footsteps.
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Okay, there is absolutely no acceptable reason for this film to be called The Karate Kid when they are very clearly Not Using Karate and the sort of cultural insensitivity that says all Asian cultures and all martial arts are the same is more than a little bit maddening. This is true and must be acknowledged. But what also must be acknowledged is that the Jackie Chan / Jaden (son of Will) Smith starring Karate Kid remake has just dropped its first trailer and much crow must be eaten because this looks shockingly good. As in quite possibly the best English language performance of Chan's career good. As in star making for Smith good. As in significantly better than the original good. Yeah, it's just a trailer and may not represent the finished product but my skepticism just disappeared in a puff of smoke. Check it below.
What a confused beast the remake of The Karate Kid looks to be. On the one hand, its producers are clearly keen on channelling the 1984 original's enduring cool by clinging on to that iconic title. On the other, they've decided to set the thing in China, perhaps because this allows them to shoot scenes on the Great Wall and harness the box office potential of a nation of over a billion people.
Yet karate is a Japanese martial art, originally emerging on the Ryukyu Islands, not a Chinese one. The new movie, which stars Jaden Smith in the bullied kid role made famous by Ralph Macchio and Jackie Chan as the mentor who teaches him to fight, rightly ought to have been called the Kung Fu Kid. In fact, the last time I heard, it was.
Yet there it is, emblazoned in glorious white on red on the first trailer proper for the film, »
- Ben Child
Jaden Smith is Dre Parker in "The Karate Kid" and a look into his portrayal of the character are made available through the film's first trailer. Put out by Yahoo! Movies, the promo video gives out the scenes in which he is bullied by his peers, as well as his kung fu training with Jackie Chan's Mr. Han.
Opened with a scene where Dre has to leave all of his friends in Detroit, the sneak peek continues to show his new home in China. With no friends in a strange land, he faces a new challenge when he becomes a victim of bully at school. But, maintenance man Mr. Han comes along and teaches him how to stand up for himself.
Columbia Pictures just released this first official movie trailer for the upcoming remake “The Karate Kid” aka Kung Fu Kid by director Harald Zwart (The Pink Panther 2) and starring Jackie Chan (Rush Hour 3, Chinese Zodiac) and Jaden Smith (The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Pursuit of Happyness). Synopsis: Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith stars in this updated version of the 1980’s film that starred Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. While the new film will be set in Beijing, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor. Jaden Smith’s character moves to Beijing with [...] »
- Brian Corder
When it was announced that The Karate Kid was going to be remade there were quite a few people over the age of 30 who weren’t keen on the idea. I haven’t seen the original film(s) in years so I didn’t really have a feeling one way or the other. Will Smith was one of [...] »
The first trailer for the upcoming remake of “The Karate Kid” is online and you can watch it using the media player below
“The Karate Kid” Plot: 12-year-old Dre Parker could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
- Allan Ford
Ok, so here is the moment we’ve all been dreading! Sony have released the new trailer for the remake of the 80s classic, The Karate Kid which stars Jaden Smith (as Dre) and Jackie Chan (as Mr. Han) and is released 16th July.
The trailer still scares me but it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be! There’s quite a few homages to the orginal including the catching of the fly (with a twist!) and if you look closely in the silhouette on the wall, I’m sure he’s doing the ‘crane’.
What do you think? Tell us in the comments below. Check it out below or head over to the official Karate Kid website.
- David Sztypuljak
Just in time for Christmas, the first trailer for the remake of The Karate Kid has arrived online, and (I assume) will also be attached to some of the movies debuting in theatres this weekend. I have a feeling this trailer is going to cause a minor uproar wherever it plays, simply because it's such a classic film and a lot of people probably don't even know it's being remade as of yet. But yes, here it is, and they've officially opted to maintain the original title, even though the setting has been moved to China. I have to admit I'm a little torn on this, because although so many parts of this trailer just feel awkward and wrong, the actual storyline of a kid fighting back against his bullies is still compelling. They're clearly trying hard to make this appear hip and urban, even using the same hip-hop song »
Well I’ll be. A remake of The Karate Kid starring Will Smith’s son and directed by the guy who delivered us The Pink Panther 2 looks … good. Or at least, not as much of an abomination as many expected.
Watch the trailer below and see for yourself. Obviously, this is the wrong setting for karate, but it’s good to see Jackie Chan in a role that might actually have him doing something.
The Karate Kid hits theaters on June 11, 2010.
From the official press release:
“In Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, »
- John Cooper
Photo: Columbia Pictures Well folks, as if Marmaduke wasn't enough, Hollywood is ready to bring you The Karate Kid remake starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson and Yahoo has just debuted the first trailer for your viewing pleasure.
The official synopsis tells us the film, scripted by Michael Soccio and directed by Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks), centers on 12-year-old Dre Parker (Smith). He could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Chan »
- Brad Brevet
Following some first official images, Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for The Karate Kid (formerly titled The Kung Fu Kid), the remake of the classic ’80s movie. The film stars Jaden Smith (son of megastar, Will Smith) as Dre Parker who, because of work pressure for his single mother, moves to China and soon thereafter comes up against a bully. His misfortune catches the eye of Mr. Han (read: this new version’s Mr. Myagi), played by Jackie Chan. Mr. Han then teaches young Dre karate, presumably in order to defend himself.
There’s been much negative fan reaction to this Karate Kid remake, some people citing Jaden Smith playing the lead role as their problem, others just generally hating the idea of remaking such a classic movie that a lot of people hold dearly from their childhoods (myself included). This trailer starts out alright, but the further it gets into it, »
- Ross Miller
There’s no use in being exasperated or bemoaning Hollywood’s lack of creativity so I’ll just say that today Columbia Pictures released the first trailer for the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. You already know the plot: Kid moves to new city, tries to fit in, meets cute girl, gets beat up by dickish martial arts student, learns karate from wise, unassuming instructor, and goes on to be the best, forever, and no one’s ever gonna bring him down. I’ve included the trailer for the remake and the original after the jump so you can enjoy the comparison. Sadly, neither trailer features the immortal line, “Sweep the leg.”
The Karate Kid hits theaters on June 11, 2010.
2010 Remake Trailer:
1984 Original Trailer:
- Matt Goldberg
Consider me shocked that The Karate Kid remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan actually looks like it may be a fun film. We've covered the film over the past year with increasing trepidation --- especially when the studio decided to stick with the Karate Kid title instead of The Kung Fu Kid. But now we have the first trailer for the film, and somehow my first response isn't to burn it at the stake. The trailer begins with Smith's character, Dre, reluctantly moving to China with his mother, played by Taraji P. Henson. Dre meets a girl, there's a schoolyard tussle, and then Jackie Chan comes in to save the day. You pretty much know the rest of the plot already --- Chan trains Dre in martial arts, who must eventually face his bully in a tournament. There's a lot going against this film. Jaden Smith is not that »
- Devindra Hardawar
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