The Karate Kid (1984) Poster

Ralph Macchio: Daniel

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  • Daniel : Hey, what kind of belt do you have?

    Miyagi : Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. You like?

    Daniel : [laughs]  No, I meant...

    Miyagi : In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants.

    [laughs; then, seriously] 

    Miyagi : Daniel-san...

    [taps his head] 

    Miyagi : Karate here.

    [taps his heart] 

    Miyagi : Karate here.

    [points to his belt] 

    Miyagi : Karate never here. Understand?

  • Daniel : Hey - you ever get into fights when you were a kid?

    Miyagi : Huh - plenty.

    Daniel : Yeah, but it wasn't like the problem I have, right?

    Miyagi : Why? Fighting fighting. Same same.

    Daniel : Yeah, but you knew karate.

    Miyagi : Someone always know more.

    Daniel : You mean there were times when you were scared to fight?

    Miyagi : Always scare. Miyagi hate fighting.

    Daniel : Yeah, but you like karate.

    Miyagi : So?

    Daniel : So, karate's fighting. You train to fight.

    Miyagi : That what you think?

    Daniel : [pondering]  No.

    Miyagi : Then why train?

    Daniel : [thinks]  So I won't have to fight.

    Miyagi : [laughs]  Miyagi have hope for you.

  • Miyagi : First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...

    Daniel : Hey, why do I have to...?

    Miyagi : Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!

    Daniel : Yeah, but...

    Miyagi : Hai!

    [makes circular gestures with each hand] 

    Miyagi : Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important.

    [walks away, still making circular motions with hands] 

    Miyagi : Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.

  • Miyagi : Karate come from China, sixteenth century, called te, "hand." Hundred year later, Miyagi ancestor bring to Okinawa, call *kara*-te, "empty hand."

    Daniel : I thought it came from Buddhist temples and stuff like that.

    Miyagi : You too much TV.

  • Miyagi : Now, ready?

    Daniel : Yeah, I guess so.

    Miyagi : [sighs]  Daniel-san, must talk.

    [they both kneel] 

    Miyagi : Walk on road, hm? Walk right side, safe. Walk left side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later

    [makes squish gesture] 

    Miyagi : get the squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no." You karate do "guess so,"

    [makes squish gesture] 

    Miyagi : just like grape. Understand?

    Daniel : Yeah, I understand.

    Miyagi : Now, ready?

    Daniel : Yeah, I'm ready.

  • [Daniel, Miyagi and Ali are trying to get onto the tournament floor together] 

    Official : Hold it!

    Official : [to Ali]  Sorry, teachers and students only.

    Daniel : Oh, well, uh... he doesn't speak English and, uh, I can't understand his instructions without her. She's his, uh, translator.

    Miyagi : [says something in Japanese] 

    Official : What did he say?

    Ali : He says that, uh, you remind him of an uncle he has back in Tokyo.

    Official : [smiles]  I guess it's okay.

    Miyagi : [says something in Japanese] 

    Official : What?

    Ali : He says you're very kind.

    Official : Thank you.

    Miyagi : Welcome.

  • [Miyagi karate-chops the tops off three beer bottles] 

    Daniel : How did you do that? How did you do that?

    Miyagi : Don't know. First time.

  • Miyagi : Your friend, all karate student, eh?

    Daniel : Friend? Oh, yeah, those guys.

    Miyagi : Problem: attitude.

    Daniel : No the problem is, I'm getting my ass kicked every other day, that's the problem.

    Miyagi : Hai, because boys have bad attitude. Karate for defense only.

    Daniel : That's not what these guys are taught.

    Miyagi : Hai - can see. No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.

    Daniel : Oh, great, that solves everything for me. I'll just go down to the school and straighten it out with the teacher, no problem.

    Miyagi : Now use head for something other than target.

  • Miyagi : Go, find balance.

    [chuckles] 

    Daniel : [starts to drive away] 

    Miyagi : Banzai, Daniel-san.

    Daniel : Hey, banzai!

    Miyagi : [beat; then, louder]  Banzai!

    Daniel : [louder]  Banzai!

    Miyagi : [shouts]  Banzai!

    Daniel : [shouts back]  Banzai!

  • [Daniel is about to have his first match in the tournament] 

    Daniel : All right, so what are the rules here?

    Miyagi : Don't know. First time you, first time me.

    Daniel : Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I'm dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.

    Miyagi : For life, not for points.

  • Daniel : You're the best friend I've ever had.

    Miyagi : You... pretty okay, too.

  • Daniel : Wouldn't a fly swatter be easier?

    Miyagi : Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.

    Daniel : Ever catch one?

    Miyagi : Not yet.

  • Daniel : [after seeing Miyagi practice the crane technique]  Could you teach me?

    Miyagi : First learn stand, then learn fly. Nature rule, Daniel-san, not mine.

    Daniel : Where'd you learn it from?

    Miyagi : Father teach.

    Daniel : You musta had some father, man.

    Miyagi : Oh yes.

  • Miyagi : [Daniel has just gotten his driver's license and Miyagi has given him a car for his birthday]  Just remember, license never replace eye, ear, and brain.

    [notices Daniel has suddenly gotten quiet] 

    Miyagi : What matter?

    Daniel : I'm just scared. The tournament and everything.

    Miyagi : You remember lesson about balance?

    Daniel : Yeah.

    Miyagi : Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?

  • Daniel : When do I learn how to punch?

    Miyagi : Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?

  • Miyagi : [Miyagi returns from fishing as Daniel is painting the house]  Oh, miss spot.

    Daniel : What spot? Hey, how come you didn't tell me you were goin' fishing?

    Miyagi : You not here when I go.

    Daniel : Well, maybe I wanted to go, you ever think of that?

    Miyagi : You karate training.

    Daniel : I'm *what*? I'm bein' your goddamn *slave* is what I'm bein' here man, now c'mon we made a deal here!

    Miyagi : So?

    Daniel : So? So, you're supposed to teach and I'm supposed to learn! For 4 days I've been bustin' my ass, and haven't learned a goddamn thing!

    Miyagi : You learn plenty.

    Daniel : I learn plenty, yeah, I learned how to sand your decks maybe. I washed your car, paint your house, paint your fence. I learn plenty!

    Miyagi : Ah, not everything is as seems...

    Daniel : Oh, bullshit! I'm goin' home, man!

    [Daniel turns to walk away] 

    Miyagi : Daniel-san! Daniel-san!

    Daniel : What?

    Miyagi : Come here.

  • Daniel : I don't know if I know enough karate.

    Miyagi : Feeling correct.

    Daniel : You sure know how to make a guy feel confident.

    Miyagi : You trust the quality of what you know, not quantity.

  • Daniel : I can't believe this. I cannot believe this.

    Miyagi : What?

    Daniel : What you just got me into in there.

    Miyagi : Huh?

    Daniel : You said you were going to make things better for me.

    Miyagi : But I did.

    Daniel : How?

    Miyagi : How? Just saved you two months beating.

    Daniel : Oh great now I really have something to look forward to.

  • Daniel : Hey, where did these old cars come from?

    Miyagi : Detroit.

  • Daniel : [throwing his bicycle into a dumpster after being beaten up]  This damn bike! I hate this bike. I hate this frickin' bike! Stupid bike.

    Lucille Larusso : Daniel! What's the matter? Why did you throw your bike away?

    Daniel : Because I felt like it.

    Lucille Larusso : Please look at me when I'm talking to you.

    [sees Daniel's bruised face] 

    Lucille Larusso : Oh my god!

    Daniel : Mom.

    Lucille Larusso : Can you tell me what's going on and don't tell me about another bike accident?

    Daniel : What do you want to hear mom?

    Lucille Larusso : I want to hear the truth!

    Daniel : No you don't want to hear the truth. All you want to hear about is how great it is. Well it may be great for you but it SUCKS for me! I hate this place! I HATE IT! I just want to go home. Why can't we just go home?

    Lucille Larusso : Listen to me. I cannot help you unless you talk to me

    Daniel : I gotta take karate. That's it.

    Lucille Larusso : You took karate!

    Daniel : No, not at the Y. At a good school.

    Lucille Larusso : But fighting doesn't solve anything Daniel.

    Daniel : Yeah well neither does palm trees mom.

    Lucille Larusso : That's not fair!

    Daniel : Like it was fair coming over here without asking me how I felt about it. Right, that was real fair.

    Lucille Larusso : You're right. I should've asked.

    Daniel : Well I just want to go home. That's it. I don't understand the rules here and I just want to go home.

    Lucille Larusso : Let's clean you up and maybe we can figure the rules out together. What about your bike?

    Daniel : It's safer taking a bus.

  • Miyagi : [drunk]  Banzai!

    Daniel : [totally confused]  To baby trees.

    Miyagi : Not bonsai, BANZAI!

  • Daniel : [practicing blocks in Mr. Miyagi's boat]  When am I gonna learn how to punch?

    Miyagi : Learn how punch, after you learn how keep dry!

    [rocks boat, throwing Daniel into the water] 

  • Daniel : I'm not by myself. I'm with you.

    Miyagi : To make honey, young bee need young flower, not old prune.

  • Daniel : This school sucks, man. Sucks.

  • Daniel : Hey, you got a name?

    Ali : Ali... with an I. Hey, what's your name?

    Daniel : Daniel... with an L.

  • Miyagi : [teaching Daniel to punch, wearing a catcher's mask and pads]  Daniel-san. Secret to punch, make the power of whole body fit inside one inch, here.

    [points to Daniel's closed fist] 

    Miyagi : Power, whole body, one inch, here. Now, punch. Hard.

    [Daniel punches Miyagi in the chest, weakly] 

    Miyagi : What'sa matter, you some kind of girl or something?

    [makes punching gesture] 

    Miyagi : Punch! Drive a punch! Not just arm, whole body! Hip, leg, drive a punch! Make "kiai." Kiai! Kiai! Give you power. Now, try punch.

    [Miyagi prompts, Daniel punches Miyagi harder] 

    Miyagi , Daniel : Kiai!

    Miyagi : Once more.

    Miyagi , Daniel : [Miyagi prompts again, Daniel punches again, even harder]  Kiai!

    Miyagi : Once more.

    Miyagi , Daniel : [prompt, punches again, harder]  Kiai!

    Miyagi , Daniel : [prompt, punch again]  Kiai!

    Miyagi : Very good, Daniel-san!

    Miyagi , Daniel : [repeated action]  Kiai! Kiai!

    Daniel : [starts hopping]  Hey, pretty good, huh? Kiai!

    Daniel : [spinning arm, fancy footwork]  Hey, look at this, Miyagi. Kiai!

    Miyagi : Matte- mat-matte.

    Daniel : [punching becoming less effective]  Kiai! Kiai!

    Miyagi : Wait-wait, Daniel-san.

    Daniel : [mockingly punches Miyagi while continuing to bunny-hop]  Kiai! Kiai!

    Miyagi : [trying to get him to stop]  Ch-ch-ch-chotto

    Daniel : [dancing around very quickly and still playfully punching Miyagi]  Hey, what do you think, Mr. Miyagi, huh?

    Miyagi : [takes Daniel down by hooking his legs with his, then giving him a chop]  I tell you what Miyagi think! I think you *dance around* too much! I think you *talk* too much! I think you not concentrate enough! Lots of work to be done! Tournament just around the corner! Come. Stand up! Now, ready. Concentrate. Focus power.

  • Daniel : What's the matter? The truth hurt?

    Ali Mills : So you really think that's it?

    Daniel : I know it is.

    Ali Mills : Yeah well, you're wrong.

    Daniel : Oh, you bet I'm wrong.

    Ali Mills : You know Daniel, I didn't go out with you because of a car or where you live.

    Daniel : Okay, since we're on the subject, why did you?

    [silence] 

    Daniel : Huh? Why did you?

    Ali Mills : I thought maybe you and me we're different.

    Daniel : Oh yeah, I'm from Reseda, you're from the hills, that's how we're different.

    Ali Mills : Oh, shut up.

    Daniel : Admit that you just can't handle the situation the way it is.

    Ali Mills : You know I can handle it fine. But you can't.

    [exits] 

    Susan : What makes you so sensitive? She's never been anything but nice to you.

    Daniel : Yeah she even used to me to make what's-his-name jealous.

    Susan : She doesn't even like what's-his-name!

    Daniel : Yeah I couldn't really tell, by the way their faces we're stuck together at that country club.

    Susan : Oh, that's right. You didn't stick around for the um... exciting conclusion.

    Daniel : Oh what was that? His hand on her ass?

    Susan : Her right hook, you think she sprained her wrists doing her nails?

    Daniel : She hit him?

    Susan : An understatement.

    Daniel : I don't get it, why didn't she say something?

    Susan : She shouldn't have to? Should she?

    [walks away] 

  • Ring Announcer : [Daniel has just scored the winning point with a kick to Johnny's chin, thus winning the championship... ring announcer prepares to present trophy]  THE NEW CHAMPION...

    Johnny Lawrence : [in tears and with a bloodied face taking trophy from ring announcer and presenting it himself to Daniel]  You're all right, LaRusso!

    Ring Announcer : ...DANIEL LARUSSO!

    Johnny Lawrence : Good match!

    Daniel : [to Johnny, as Daniel's being carried off the ring by the enthusiastic crowd]  Thanks a lot!

  • Lucille Larusso : Look at those palm trees. Damn! You know what that means?

    Daniel : Yeah. Watch out for falling coconuts.

  • Miyagi : Wax on... wax off. Wax on... wax off.

    Daniel : Is that all...?

    [DELETED LINE, partly to himself and partly to Miyagi] 

    Daniel : Never had karate training like this before; sure wish I knew how it worked.

    Miyagi : [DELETED LINE]  You find out, Daniel-san; just give time. And no forget breathe! In through nose, out through mouth; very important.

    Daniel : [DELETED LINE]  At least I got something to look forward to.

    Miyagi : [DELETED LINE]  Always *much* look forward to. Come; less chit-chat, more wax, more breathe...! Very good, Daniel-san.

  • Lucille Larusso : [singing]  California, here we come. California... oh, what's the matter, Daniel? Don't you like my singing?

    Daniel : I don't like the song, Ma.

  • Miyagi : [on Daniel's birthday, after having already given him a present]  Go outside. Something show you.

    Daniel : What?

    Miyagi : Number two present.

    [leads Daniel outside] 

    Daniel : [walking and talking]  Number two present? You don't have to give me anything. You've given me enough already.

    [Miyagi keeps walking, silently] 

    Daniel : No really, I'm serious.

    Miyagi : [stops and points to his fleet of antique cars]  Choose.

    Daniel : [surprised and hesitant]  Oh, no...

    Miyagi : Hai! Hurt old man feeling.

    [points again] 

    Miyagi : Choose.

  • [they arrive at their new home] 

    Lucille Larusso : This is it. This is the end of the line.

    Daniel : You're telling me.

  • Daniel : Oh, great, that solves everything for me. I'll just go down to the school and straighten it out with the teacher, no problem.

    Miyagi : Now use head for something other than target.

    Daniel : Hey, I was just kidding about that.

    Miyagi : Why kidding?

    Daniel : Because I'd get killed if I go down there.

    Miyagi : Get killed anyway.

  • Daniel : Why didn't you tell me?

    Miyagi : Tell what?

    Daniel : That you knew karate.

    Miyagi : You not ask.

    Daniel : Well, where'd you learn it?

    Miyagi : Father.

    Daniel : But I thought he was a fisherman.

    Miyagi : In Okinawa, all Miyagi know two things: fish and karate.

  • Daniel : Where am I, this ring over here?

    Miyagi : Hai. Number three.

    Daniel : What's that guy kneeling like that for?

    Miyagi : Don't know.

    Daniel : Don't you know anything you can tell me?

    Miyagi : Hai. No get hit.

  • Daniel : [seeing the giant water slide at the amusement area]  Whoa, look at that slide.

    Ali : Oh yeah, we'll do that next time.

    Daniel : Why next time?

    Ali : Because we didn't bring a bathing suit!

  • Daniel : No offense, Mr. Miyaji, but I don't think you understand my problem...

    Miyagi : [interrupting]  Mi... ya... *gi* understand problem perfect.

  • Daniel : [as his mom walks away, Daniel still keeps talking to himself about Ali]  ... She's pretty cute... I think she's pretty cute...

  • Johnny Lawrence : [DELETED SCENE: Johnny accosts Daniel at school, gives him a piece of paper]  ... Got something for you. All-Valley Tournament application. You fill that out and send it in, so they'll know where to claim the body. Next-of-kin stuff, ya know?

    Daniel : Let me ask you something: We both know you can stomp me, anytime and anywhere, for any reason. So why bother rubbing it in?

    Johnny Lawrence : [shrugs]  Maybe I like rubbing it in.

    Daniel : Don't you ever think that he

    [obviously referring to Kreese] 

    Daniel : might be wrong - at least, about some things?

    [Johnny backs off while doing a slow burn] 

  • Lucille Larusso : [DELETED SCENE: At their apartment, Daniel's mom is reading the fine print on the All-Valley Tournament application]  ... This says I won't hold anybody responsible if you're injured. Are you NUTS?

    Daniel : Mom, I've gotta do this.

    Lucille Larusso : Do WHAT? Get KILLED?

    Daniel : Nobody gets hurt, Ma.

    Lucille Larusso : Then why do I have to sign anything?

    [She crumples the application and throws it away] 

    Lucille Larusso : Good night, Daniel.

    [after she retires, Daniel rescues the application and un-crumples it. Then he signs his mother's name to it] 

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