The Karate Kid (2010) Poster


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As noted on a featurette, Jackie Chan was the one who came up with the "jacket" routine as a means of teaching Dre Kung-Fu moves.
The American title for this film was kept as "The Karate Kid", to maintain the connection to the earlier films it is loosely based on, even though this movie takes place in China and the martial arts used are forms of kung fu. The difference is referenced in the film when Dre's mother describes a team as practicing karate, and Dre quickly corrects her.
Jaden Smith spent three months in training for the film.
Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) and Mr. Li (Rongguang Yu) stare off with each other more than once, but never get into a physical entanglement. The two actors fought each other, in the film "Shanghai Noon."
The director (Zwart) is true to his city's football team. He hides the logo of the soccer team: Fredrikstad Fotballklubb (FFK) in every movie he makes. In this movie you can find it on the champion ship doctor's jacket as a small pin.
Several scenes were cut and trimmed for the mainland Chinese release, including the curtailing of scenes with bullies and the removal of a kissing scene.
For The Great Wall sequences, all the camera equipment had to be hand-carried as helicopters were not allowed. The helicopter shots were finally achieved before sunset. The wait was due to military exercises in the area.
The first film to shoot in The Forbidden City since Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987).
The style of Kung Fu that the woman standing on the dragon's head is practicing (at the temple, before the dragon well) is Crane Style Kung Fu. Practitioners of this style are very adept at balancing on one foot, as a crane does. It is interesting to note that she is controlling a cobra (likely in the same style as a snake charmer). This could possibly be a nod to the original The Karate Kid (1984) in which Daniel defeated a member of the Cobra Kai dojo by using the "Crane technique".
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").
The final tournament was shot at the Feng Tai Sports Arena in Beijing over a period of 8 days with over 800 extras.
Sony considered changing the film's title to "The Kung Fu Kid" but this idea was nixed by producer Jerry Weintraub.
Despite the title, there is no karate in the film. Instead it features kung fu, a martial art more relevant to the film's location of China.
At the very beginning of the movie, one of the markings on Dre's wall says 7/8/07-9th birthday. This is the actual 9th birthday of Jaden Smith, who plays Dre.
Filming began around July 2009 and ended on October 16, 2009.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Before the tournament, Han (Jackie Chan) gives Dre (Jaden Smith) a shirt to compete in. Dre comments that the shirt is just like one that Bruce Lee wore. One of Jackie Chan's early breaks in movies was to be a stunt coordinator in Lee's films; Chan also had small parts in The Chinese Connection (1972) (aka "Fist of Fury") and Enter the Dragon (1973).

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