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The Karate Kid (2010)

PG | | Action, Drama, Family | 11 June 2010 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Harald Zwart

Writers:

Christopher Murphey (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (story)
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Cast

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 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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kung fu | bully | china | 2010s | detroit | See All (156) »

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,665,805, 13 June 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$176,591,618, 19 September 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$359,126,022, 23 September 2010
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sony considered changing the title to "The Kung Fu Kid", but this idea was nixed by Producer Jerry Weintraub. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Old vs. New: The Karate Kid (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Bang Bang
Written by Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars and K'Naan (as Keinan Warsame)
Performed by K'Naan featuring Adam Levine
Courtesy of A&M/Octone Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertainment....
12 June 2010 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

'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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