The Next Karate Kid (1994) Poster

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  • While in Boston to accept a special unit citation for the Japanese-American soldiers who fought in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, Mr Miyagi (Pat Morita) stays at the house of the wife of an old war buddy where he meets her granddaughter, 16-year-old Julie Pierce (Hilary Swank) who is angry at the world following the death of her parents in a car accident. He winds up staying at the Pierce house to take care of Julie while her grandmother vacations at Miyagi's house in California. After a rough start, Miyagi and Julie find they have something in common ...karate.

  • The Next Karate Kid is the fourth movie in the Karate Kid series, preceded by The Karate Kid (1984) (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) (1986), and (1989), all of which were based on scripts by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. Mark Lee wrote the script for The Next Karate Kid based on the characters created by Kamen. The Karate Kid movies have no relation to the DC Comics superhero also known as "Karate Kid".

  • No. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) has presumably gone away to college. Mr Miyagi does mention him, however, when he tells Julie, after walking in on her while she's changing clothes, that he "used to live with boy...Daniel-san." Thereafter, he only alludes to Daniel when he comments, "Boy easier [than girl]."

  • Macchio was 33 years old at the time The Next Karate Kid was filming. He has stated publicly that he was "not interested in becoming the Sylvester Stallone of Karate Kid movies."

  • No particular time frame is given. Daniel is out of the picture, and Miyagi's only reference to him is in the past. In real time, the span between Karate Kid III (1989) and the Next Karate Kid (1994) is five years, a span that sounds reasonable.

  • That phrase is uttered by Julie when she doubts that Miyagi can teach her anything. Morita was actually an American citizen, born in California of Japanese parents. To play the role of Mr Miyagi, he had to adopt a Japanese accent, since he spoke perfect English.

  • Most likely not. Hawks of all kinds are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it unlawful for anyone to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell birds on the protected list. Anyone possessing a bird on the list, whether live or dead, must turn it over to someone who has a federal permit to handle such birds.

  • After Ned (Michael Cavalieri) and his friends make their daring bungee jump from the gym rafters over the dance floor, Julie and Eric (Chris Conrad) decide to leave the prom, unaware that Ned is following. They park in front of Julie's house, and Ned bends forward to kiss her. Suddenly, Ned begins smashing in the car windows with a baseball bat. He challenges Eric to met him at the docks and then drives away. Eric follows. When Eric gets to the docks, he finds himself surrounded by Ned's friends. Colonel Dugan (Michael Ironside) taunts him about not paying attention to the bullring challenge, but Eric replies, "I got a piece of you, didn't I?" Dugan gives the order to blow up Eric's car. A fight ensues, and Eric ends up on the ground. "Finish him," Dugan orders, but the boys are reluctant to further beat on Eric now that he's down. Suddenly, Julie and Miyaga drive up. In order to prove herself respectable, Julie uses her karate against Ned, who tries to fight dirty by tossing dirt in her face, but Julie focuses and ends up putting Ned on the ground. Dugan continues to goad the boys into fighting, but they back away. Miyagi finally stands against Dugan, easily overpowering him. Disgusted at the man they once thought had all the answers, the boys turn their backs on Dugan. When Julie compliments Miyagi on "kicking some butt," Miyagi simply replies, "Fighting not good, but if must fight...win." In the final scene, Angel the hawk is shown flying free.

  • Among many "pearls", these are probably his best: • Ambition without knowledge is like boat on dry land. • Answer only important when ask the right question. • Sun is warm, grass is green. • Fighting not good but if must fight...win. • Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.

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