A boy and his mother move to California for a new job. He struggles to fit in, as a group of karate students starts to bully him for dating a rich girl from their clique. It's up to the Japanese landlord, Miyagi, to teach him karate.
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.
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
As noted on a featurette, Jackie Chan was the one who came up with the "jacket" routine as a means of teaching Dre Kung Fu moves. See more »
After Dre gets beaten up at the playground, you see him in the bathroom putting on his mom's foundation over his black eye. He puts the foundation on almost an inch under his eye, only covering about an inch in height on his cheek. Yet if you look closely in the next scene when he is walking to school with his mom, the foundation is now directly under his eye and covers most of his cheek. See more »
Before watching this movie, I read the reviews online and there has been a harsh division between 1 and 10 rating.
Honestly, this movie does not deserve a 1 or a 10, whether it is: Acting, Cinematography, Music, or Story.
Objectively, I think this movie is worth watching. Definitely not the worst, but not the best. Its content is interesting and is a visible step above the original Karate Kid, even though this movie does not feel like a remake (so stop comparing >0).
The movie entertained and left me with a satisfied reminiscence of the experience.
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