Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.

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John G. Avildsen

Writers:

Robert Mark Kamen (characters), Robert Mark Kamen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Daniel
Pat Morita ... Mr. Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
Robyn Lively ... Jessica Andrews
Thomas Ian Griffith ... Terry Silver
Martin Kove ... Kreese
Sean Kanan ... Mike Barnes
Jonathan Avildsen Jonathan Avildsen ... Snake
William Christopher Ford ... Dennis (as Christopher Paul Ford)
Randee Heller ... Lucille
Pat E. Johnson ... Referee
Rick Hurst ... Announcer
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Milo
Joseph V. Perry ... Uncle Louie
Jan Tríska ... Milos
Diana Webster ... Margaret
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Storyline

John Kreese, his life in tatters after his karate school was defeated by Daniel and Miyagi, visits Terry Silver, a Vietnam War comrade. Terry is a ruthless businessman and martial arts expert, and he vows to help Kreese gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, and reestablish Cobra Kai. Upon returning from Okinawa, Daniel and Miyagi discover that their apartment building has been demolished, which brings Miyagi out of work. Going against Miyagi's wishes, Daniel uses his college funds to realize Miyagi's dream of opening a bonsai tree shop, and becomes a partner in the bonsai business. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it's man to man. See more »

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Action | Drama | Family | Sport

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REPEATED LINE: Daniel says "Forget about it" five times throughout the movie. At the end of the movie, Daniel actually said "Forget bowing" which doesn't count as a sixth time. See more »

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If the final match were being played to a three-point win, as in KK1, no time limit or sudden-death/overtime should be necessary. Sudden death and time limits would be employed only if there was no set number of points required to win the match. See more »

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Terry Silver: All right, all right, I've heard enough. I've made up my mind. This slope, what's his name - Miyagi - and that punk kid - I'm gonna get them for what they did to you. They made you suffer, so I'm gonna make them suffer... and suffer and suffer, and when I think they've suffered enough, then I start with the pain.
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Follows The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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Written by Sverre Wiik and Harald Wiik
Performed by Money Talks
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It's kinda like the first two movies, just without the heart and decent characters
23 September 2014 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I've gotta say, I was surprised by the ending to THE KARATE KID PART III. Daniel was physically outmatched (yeah, I know, he always is), but it was just nice to see something good come out of all of this. And seeing him outsmart the other guy was kinda nice. But there's a dour tone to this entire movie, and it all seems a bit silly.

Alright, so Kreese has bottomed out, and he's looking to rise from the muck and destroy Daniel LaRusso. That's kinda by-the-numbers for a second sequel, but I can see how they'd go with this for the hook. But the plan is to put the kid through psychological torment and macho head games to finally break his spirit and put the hurt on him. And it's all at the behest of the always-leering Terry Silver. They're just such one-dimensional bad guys. Pitting Daniel against Miyagi didn't make much sense because it could've all been handled with some rational explaining (but Daniel this time around is more hotheaded than ever).

Pat Morita makes this all sorta worthwhile because he well wears the weariness of a character that loses so much in the story. But I was surprised at how unsympathetic LaRusso was in this movie, and it's not very well-written. I've gotta wonder how this movie is different from Kamen's original script because it all feels very off. It's not a bad movie, just . . . silly.

5/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Karate Kid Part III See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,364,544, 2 July 1989

Gross USA:

$38,956,288

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,956,288
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1.85 : 1
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