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The Next Karate Kid (1994)

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Mr. Miyagi is back and he takes a new pupil under his wing; a troubled adolescent girl.


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Robert Mark Kamen (characters), Mark Lee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Morita ... Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
Hilary Swank ... Julie Pierce
Michael Ironside ... Dugan
Constance Towers ... Louisa
Chris Conrad ... Eric
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ... Abbot Monk (as Arsenio Trinidad)
Michael Cavalieri ... Ned
Walton Goggins ... Charlie (as Walt Goggins)
Jim Ishida ... Tall Monk
Rodney Kageyama ... Monk
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Buddhist Monk
Eugene Boles Eugene Boles ... Mr. Wilkes
Keena Keel Keena Keel ... School Clerk
Tom O'Brien ... Gabe
Thomas Downey ... Morgan (as Tom Downey)


During a commemoration for Japanese soldiers fighting in the US Army during World War II, Mr. Miyagi meets the widow of his commanding officer. He gets to know her granddaughter Julie, an angry teenager who is still feeling the pain of losing both her parents in an accident and is having problems with her grandmother and her fellow pupils. Mr. Miyagi decides to teach her karate to get her through her pain and issues and back on the right path. Written by Matthias Scheler <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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Rated PG for violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Karate Kid Part IV See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Unnessercary Sequel
28 October 2003 | by towelie2002See all my reviews

Karate Kid 1, 2 and 3 are good films, even by today's standards. But they really shouldn't have made The Next Karate Kid. This really was one big disapointment. Well the hell did they make this? Obviously, they only made it because they knew it'd make good money. Pat Morita should be ashamed of himself for making this horrible sequel. Surely he must've known that this ruined the original trilogy, which is why he probably has no career now (or at least a good one). And Hilary Swank is no match for Ralph Macchio. I figure if they were going to make a 4th Karate Kid, they should've made it about Daniel and Miyagi, not the annoying Julie! Oh well. At least I still have the fond memories of the originals and try to forget this horrible sequel.

The story is that at a commemoration for Japanese soldiers fighting in the US Army during World War II, Miyagi (Pat Morita) meets the widow of his commanding officer. He gets to know her granddaugther Julie (HIlary Swank), an angry teenager who doesn't get along with anyone and is still upset about the death of her parents from an accident. Miyagi decides to teach her karate and help her out, both in school and life. And there's another karate gang that bully Julie and eventually they take it too far, so Julie and Miyagi have to do battle with them.

The performances are fine, but this movie wasn't nessercary at all. It's a shame that this didn't continue the story of Daniel and Miyagi, but I guess that story didn't really have anywhere to go since Daniel was grown up by then (even if they did, he'd be more like a "Karate Man" and that'd probably be crap too), so they changed it to focus on Julie instead. Miyagi and Julie sort of mix together, but not in the way that Daniel and Miyagi did. I wouldn't say this is one of the worst movies ever (films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999) would be in that department), but it's far from being the best either.

Rating: 2/5

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