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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.


Christopher Cain


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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It's ancient wisdom against teenage spunk. 1,000 years of karate tradition is about to get a kick in the pants. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Early titles were "Young Americans" and "Kids in America". See more »


Miyagi is an Okinawan Goju-master (Naha-te based system) the form/kata Julie is practicing is based on the Naihanchi (or Tekki forms) from Shuri based karate systems . She would not practice these as her grandfather learned Goju from Miyagi and these forms do not exist in that system. Most Naha-te practitioners actually showed resentment towards the Shuri system as it represented the 'wealthy' and 'nobility' of Japan, while Naha system was for the working class man. See more »


Sergeant Kesuke Miyagi: The sun is warm, the grass is green.
Julie Pierce: What?
Sergeant Kesuke Miyagi: If today Julie-san get angry, just you repeat those words.
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Give Me a Break
12 June 2011 | by jana_obrienSee all my reviews

I cant believe that some people gave this such high marks! First off, I have a hard time believing that this group of thugs would be allowed to go around tormenting students, and sexually harassing girls. The principal OVERHEARS the head thug bullying Julie into meeting him "at the docks...most girls have to BEG me for an invitation, and you're turning Me down?!?!" Yet, even though he OVERHEARS this and SEES the girl trying to pull herself away from this dork, the Principal STILL sends HER to the office?!? Yea, right. You cant tell me she is the FIRST girl he has tormented, and you cant tell me that no girls went home and told their parents.

It appears that the football coach (?) has his own private gang/ army and he allows them, encourages even, to torture others. He says "If a student throws a piece of paper on the floor, you make them eat it" Yea, RIGHT! This gang walks the halls together, dressed like a bunch of 1950 throw-back thugs, in their tight jeans and tight, matching black t-shirts, and black leather belts. GET REAL! And apparently, they also have the right to wander the halls of the school in the middle of the night. No parent would put up with this crap going on in their child's school. If MY kid came home, told me this crap was going on, you can bet Id be on the phone with state superintendent.

The coach (?) beats up his students outside, on the field, in broad daylight. This is okay? My FAVORITE, though, was the coach telling his "gang" to blow up that dudes car.This whole thing was a joke. The thug busts out the guys windows on prom night and says "MEET ME AT THE DOCKS" OK, see, Id go inside Julies house, pick up the phone, call the cops and SAY" Some crazy dude in a jeep just busted out my windows and told me to meet him at the docks if I was brave enough" Then, let the cops go to the docks and find his jeep, and arrest his butt. This movie was just lame.

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