Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

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Harald Zwart

Writers:

Christopher Murphey (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaden Smith ... Dre Parker
Jackie Chan ... Mr. Han
Taraji P. Henson ... Sherry Parker
Wenwen Han ... Meiying
Rongguang Yu ... Master Li
Zhensu Wu Zhensu Wu ... Meiying's Dad
Zhiheng Wang Zhiheng Wang ... Meiying's Mom
Zhenwei Wang ... Cheng
Jared Minns Jared Minns ... Dre's Detroit Friend
Shijia Lü Shijia Lü ... Liang
Yi Zhao Yi Zhao ... Zhuang
Bo Zhang Bo Zhang ... Song
Luke Carberry ... Harry
Cameron Hillman Cameron Hillman ... Mark
Ghye Samuel Brown Ghye Samuel Brown ... Oz
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Storyline

12-year-old Dre Parker has moved to China, and finds himself like a fish out of water. He befriends a fellow classmate, Mei Ying, only to make a rival, Cheng, who starts to bully and attack Dre. Soon, Mr Han, the maintenance man of Dre's apartment, fends off Cheng and his friends when they are attacking Dre and signs Dre up to fight in the Kung Fu tournament in return for the bullies laying off of Dre. Dre realizes Mr. Han is much more than a maintenance man, when he's revealed as a master of Kung Fu and Dre soon learns that Kung Fu is about self defense and peace, instead of violence and bloodshed. Written by Kennedy

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Taglines:

A Challenge He Never Imagined. A Teacher He Never Expected.

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Action | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The final tournament was shot at the Feng Tai Sports Arena in Beijing over a period of eight days with over eight hundred extras. See more »

Goofs

When Dre gets beat up at the park Meiying and Cheng alternate positions between the camera being focused on Dre and focused on the two. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sherry Parker: Dre, you ready?
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Crazy Credits

Stills from the production of the film are shown alongside the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Chinese version was re-edited to make Dre seem like the bad guy, and makes it seem like he started all the fights. See more »


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Nocturne for Piano No. 20 in C Sharp Minor
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Craig Leon
Performed by Alyssa Park
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Kung Fu kid doesn't match up to its more humble predecessor
20 September 2019 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

For a certain generation like mines, there's just no way you can get around comparison to the original which is an undoubted classic of that era. Many would like to criticise the need for a remake, but it's par the course for films nowadays across many genres, so there's no point restarting that arguement.

I won't rehash the premise of the film as it's so well known, but one things for certain: if you really want to understand what was so special about the original then maybe watching this remake will clearly show you why! Despite having the greater budget, the legendary Jackie Chan and a ready set fan base, this film fails to capture at all what was so great about the original.

With all due respect to Jackie Chan, who is an adept actor, he is possily too well known to have been able to capture the mystery of a Mr Miyagi (Pat Morita in the original didn't even know any martial arts). He does a fair job, but what made Mr Miyagi so humbling just doesn't come across here.

Granted the dialogue & script didn't help in the film for anyone, but there was also little chemistry between the key leads. The girl/boy and teacher/pupil relationship just didn't engross as in the original. Part of the problem was also that these were kids as against olders teenagers on the verge of adulthood in the original . That all played a part in the success of the script of the original.

No denying the martial arts in this film is on a different far higher level than the original, but again that's an issue. The original was a counterweight to the high flying 100mph martial arts movies of the time. The Karate Kid was about simplicity and down to earth action, not impressing with roundhouses & flying kicks. This film's directors failed to understand that.

It's a shame to have to be negative on this film, but even standalone I wasn't convinced. I struggled to empathise enough with any of the characters in this film to truly care.

Disappointing, and I maybe was just hoping that as much as it was too much to ask it to match the original, then at least in its own way it could have at least tried to pay due honour to it. I'm not convinced at all that it even successfully did that.


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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

11 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Karate Kid Remake See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,665,805, 13 June 2010

Gross USA:

$176,591,618

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$359,126,022
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2.39 : 1
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