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The Karate Kid (2010)

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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

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

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USA | China

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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

11 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Kid 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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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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When Dre watches the woman charming a cobra on the mountain, he first watches from behind a window with its bars all in place and parallel. Then he walks farther up the hall and peers out a second window that has one bar bent out of place, allowing him to peek his head farther out for a better view. He has his head out this second window when Han calls him, but in the next shot he's behind the first window again as he responds to the call. See more »

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Sherry Parker: Dre, you ready?
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No wax-on wax-off but this Karate Kid would make Mr. Miyagi proud
13 June 2010 | by cliffgold-1See all my reviews

Over the years, I have taken a lot of grief from friends for making The Karate Kid, the 1984 movie directed by Rocky Oscar winner John G. Avildsen, one of my five favorite movies of all time. So it was with apprehension and low expectations that I went to see the remake.

Wow, what a magnificent job of re-creating the first film while modernizing it, setting it in China, and bringing all the tension, man-love, and depth back to the big screen. This time, Dutch director Harald Zwart added wonderful scenic views of China and lost a bit of the sometimes-cheesy dialog. But to his credit, he kept a great deal of the original plot intact. Mom is transferred to Beijing and takes her son with her without much worrying about his feelings. Dre immediately finds trouble as the American outsider who befriends the beautiful Chinese girl. There is the evil sensei of the trained-to-maim thugs who rule the school that our hero, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith), has been thrown into. The bad kids target him, and he gets the heck beat out of him.

To the rescue comes the maintenance guy in the apartment building in which he lives. Played by Jackie Chan, Mr. Han isn't quite as sage as Mr. Miyagi but he uses almost the same technique (not exactly wax-on-wax-off, paint-the-fence, and sand-the-floor but close). His personal secret remains essentially intact, too, which when discovered by Dre, motivates him to work harder. The role of Dre's mom, played here by Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), is beefed up from the part that Randee Heller played in the original. The young girl, Meiying (Wanwan Han in her first role), looks vaguely like Tamlyn Tomita, who played the love interest in The Karate Kid: Part 2. The rest of the film plays close to the original as well but I won't tell you if he wins (as Daniel LaRusso did in the original) or loses (as Rocky did).

Jaden Smith proves that he may be a force in the business for a long time. His parents, of course, are Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and they have created a natural. That was evident in The Pursuit of Happiness. Hand it to the kid: he worked really hard to learn kung fu (it's not karate). And while I preferred Ralph Macchio because he was so raw and not talented as an actor, Jaden Smith knows the camera is always there, which I think he will grow out of over time. Jackie Chan is really quite good here, shedding the recent tongue-in-cheek comedy roles. This part fits him perfectly and Morita would have been proud had he lived to see it.

After my disappointments with so many other remakes, I was pleasantly surprised. The director and cast clearly found the balance.


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