Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.
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
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The Kata Hilary Swank performs in the monk's hall and under the waterfall appears to be a portion of the first kata (form), "Naihanchi Shodan". This kata, historically of Chinese origin, is common in Okinawan and Japanese karate as well as Tang Soo Do, (a Korean art) practiced by the film's martial arts choreographer, Pat E. Johnson. Miyagi-San identifies his style only as "Okinawan Karate", but that could be any of the Okinawan styles that share this form. Since in The Karate Kid Part II (1986) Miyagi's nemesis runs a school in Naha with the Goju Ryu fist as a logo and his students wear the Goju Ryu fist on their uniforms, then Miyagi is possibly teaching Goju Ryu (one of the five main styles of Okinawan karate), since Miyagi's father taught both him and Sato. See more »
Once a ball is in the gutter, even if it comes out to strike a pin or pins, it is still scored as a zero. If it is the 1st ball, the pins that have fallen are reset in their positions. See more »
The Film That Introduced Hilary Swank to the Mainstream Audience
"The Next Karate Kid" is not a very impressive film. However, it introduces a young actress named Hilary Swank to the mainstream audience. Amazingly, just five short years after this film Swank would be holding the Oscar for her gender-bending role in "Boys Don't Cry". In this film she takes Macchio's role and does an admirable job even though the material is just not there. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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