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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.

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

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Action | Drama | Family | Sport

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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

Gross USA:

$176,591,618

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$359,126,022
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Macchio, the star of the original Karate Kid film declined the offer of a cameo in this film. See more »

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During the celebration of winning the first rounds of the tournament, a photographer is seen taking pictures from very close range; under one meter. His camera is sporting a telephoto lens, which usually have a minimal macro distance of 1.2 to 1.4 meters. There is no way the photographer could have been taking clear pictures. See more »

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[first lines]
Sherry Parker: Dre, you ready?
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Failure once again.............
28 June 2010 | by CAT21See all my reviews

I hate the new phenomenon occurring in Hollywood where every old film and song is getting remade. Why the losers in Hollywood can't come up with anything new, fresh and original is beyond me considering there extremely overpaid for the unimportant things they do and you'd figure guys making millions per film could at least come up with something original. Just goes to show anyone can be a Hollywood film producer these days.

Anyway, The Karate Kid remake is basically a remix of the original first Karate Kid film. While we can all remember the classic clearly from our childhoods if you're old enough of course, this film is not as memorable. In my opinion, when you remake a film it loses something that I can't describe. How many remakes were better than the original? Can't answer? That's because it's never been done!!!

Anyway, I'm sure Will Smith is happy to have launched his son's career and I'm also sure Jaden will be richer than most of us by the time he's 18, regardless of abilities or acting skill because he's Will Smith's kid. In the film, he did an OK job to keep things amusing, but I just couldn't wrap my head around some of the subtle changes they made and that the originality factor is lost: -The new "John Kreese" replacement didn't seem as mean or hateful and accepted his defeat in the tournament too well. Remember Kreese in KK2 choking Johnny for failing and punching his student in the face when he asked Kreese to let Johnny go. In comparison, the new master only slapped that kid in the face when he didn't finish his attack. -The students bowing to Jackie Chan was unbelievable, whereas Johnny and his crew seemed meaner and more convincing and never would have bowed to Mr. Miyagi. -These kids were deadly killers skill-wise next to Johnny and his friends. When Shen kicked Dre in his chest before Jackie showed up, that kick, along with the beating he took should have landed him in the hospital. Daniel in the original film was bigger than Dre and yet Daniel had a black eye and believable injuries whereas Dre took a savage beating in comparison without a scratch. -They should have kept things in the US. Going to China made no sense.

Overall, this movie should be retitled "Karate Kid Lite".


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