The Karate Kid (1984) Poster

Pat Morita: Miyagi



  • 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.

  • [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 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 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 : 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.

  • 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 : [Daniel is practicing karate moves while balancing on a fishing boat as Miyagi fishes]  Make block. Left, right. Up, down. Side, side. Breathe in, breathe out. And no scare fish.

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

    Miyagi : You... pretty okay, too.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Miyagi : Go, find balance.


    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!

  • 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.

  • 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 : Wouldn't a fly swatter be easier?

    Miyagi : Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.

    Daniel : Ever catch one?

    Miyagi : Not yet.

  • [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.

  • Kreese : [at the Cobra Kai dojo]  Class, we have visitors. Fall in behind me. Hai!

    [approaches Daniel and Miyagi, then speaks to Miyagi] 

    Kreese : I hear you jumped some of my students last night.

    Miyagi : Afraid facts mixed up.

    Kreese : You calling Mr. Lawrence a liar?

    Miyagi : No call no one nothing.

    Kreese : What are you here for, old man?

    Miyagi : Come ask leave boy alone.

    Kreese : What's the matter, the boy can't take care of his own problems?

    Miyagi : One to one problem, yes. FIVE to one problem, too much ask anyone.

    Kreese : Is that what's bothering you? The odds? Well, we can fix that. Feel like matching, Mr. Lawrence?

    Johnny Lawrence : Yes, sensei!

    Miyagi : No more fighting.

    Kreese : This is a karate dojo, not a knitting class. You don't come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.

    Miyagi : Too much advantage. Your dojo.

    Kreese : Name a place.

    Miyagi : Tournament.

    Kreese : [laughs]  You've got real nerve, old man. Real nerve. But I think we can accomodate you. Can't we, Mr. Lawrence?

    Johnny Lawrence : Yes, sensei.

    Kreese : Fall in.

    [Johnny turns and leaves] 

    Miyagi : Ask one more small request.

    Kreese : Make it fast.

    Miyagi : Ask leave boy alone to train.

    Kreese : You're a pushy little bastard, ain't ya? But I like that. I like that! All right. No one touches the prima donna until the tournament. Is that understood?

    [class responds with "YES SENSEI!"] 

    Kreese : But if you don't show, it's open season on him... and you.

    [they nod at each other] 

  • 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 : [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 : 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?

  • 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] 

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Miyagi : [drunk]  Banzai!

    Daniel : [totally confused]  To baby trees.

    Miyagi : Not bonsai, BANZAI!

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

    Miyagi : Detroit.

  • Miyagi : We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions.

  • 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.

  • Miyagi : Oh, Daniel-san! You all wet behind ear!

  • Daniel : [catches fly with chopsticks]  Hey! Hey, Mr. Miyagi, look!

    [holds up the chopsticks with the captured fly] 

    Miyagi : Hmph! You beginner luck.

  • [Miyagi shows Daniel an old photo of his pregnant wife] 

    Miyagi : Daniel-san. Huh? Look, look. Hai, hai. Heh heh heh. First American-born Miyagi waiting to be born.

    [Miyagi laughs proudly at the accomplishment as he pours more alcohol from a new bottle into his glass] 

    Miyagi : [claps Daniel on the shoulder]  Drink, drink!

    [Miyagi stands up, staggers, faces away from Daniel as if speaking to someone else] 

    Miyagi : [as commanding officer]  "Sergeant Miyagi!"

    Miyagi : [as self]  Yes, sir! Sergeant Miyagi report to kill many jerry Germans, sir!

    [Miyagi laughs, staggers toward the bed, and picks up an old telegram] 

    Miyagi : Sergeant Miyagi.

    Miyagi : Yes, sir."

    Miyagi : Regret to inform... wife have...

    Miyagi : [starts crying]  Complications at birth, sir. Complications. But no doctor come.

    Miyagi : [groan of immense sorrow]  Land of Free, Home of Brave.

    Miyagi : [sobbing]  No doctor come. No doctor come.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • [some drunks were drinking and setting their beer bottles on Mr. Miyagi's truck] 

    Miyagi : Excuse me, please. Boy cold. Must leave. Kindly remove bottles.

    Yahoo at Beach : Kindly do it yourself, Mr. Moto.

  • 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.

  • Miyagi : [repeated line to Daniel]  Look eye!, always look eye!

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

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

  • Miyagi : [Daniel walks into Mr.Myagi's house and sits right next to Mr.Myagi, who is actually drunk]  Ah, Daniel-san, come inside! Come inside!

  • Miyagi : Banzai, Daniel-San!

    Daniel : Hey, bonsai.

    Miyagi : Banzai!

    Daniel : Bonsai!

    Miyagi : Banzai!

    Daniel : Bonsai!

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