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
Sony considered changing the title to "The Kung Fu Kid", but this idea was nixed by Producer Jerry Weintraub. See more »
During the back street fight, Mr. Han knocks two of the bullies into a couple of short posts with large concrete bases. When the boys fell on them, the concrete block on the way is knocked over and is clearly a foam or cardboard prop. See more »
'The Karate Kid' is entertainment. A remake of the 1984 martial arts film of the same name, comes a film that provides some kick-ass stuff in a running time over 130-minutes. Harald Zwart's direction is perfect, he makes a good remake, though one expected it to be a poor cousin.
'The Karate Kid' has smart-ass Jaden Smith at his best. A complete star, doing stuff that sometimes even elders falter in. Plus, one gets to see the legendary Jackie Chan in a first-ever serious role. And boy, Chan excels from start to end. The Actor in the legend has finally been awaken. He is the soul of the film! Taraji P. Henson also puts up a superb act as Jaden's loving mommy.
The stunts are spectacular. The climax, which is almost 30 minutes long, is the highpoint of the film. It's fantastic and jaw-droopingly picturized.
'The Karate Kid' is entertainment... which definitely deserves a watch. Also, it gives birth to 2 new talents, Jaden Smith and the Actor Jackie Chan.
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