Monday, 9 June 2014

The Karate Kid Review (Updated)








The Karate Kid


Release Date: 27th September 1984 - Australia


Production Companies
Columbia Pictures

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 122 minutes


Budget: $8,000,000

Box Office Gross: $90,815,558 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Daniel, a teenager who 
is plagued by attacks 
and cruel jokes by a 
gang of vengeful kids 
takes karate lessons 
from a wise Japanese 
sensei in the hope that 
it will make him strong. 
In the end he learns the 
more important lesson, 
that fighting is the last 
answer to a problem, 
not the first. 


Cast
Ralph Macchio - Daniel LaRusso
Pat Morita - Mr. Miyagi
Elisabeth Shue - Ali Mills
William Zabka - John "Johnny" 
Lawrence 
Randee Haller - Lucille LaRusso
Martin Kove - John Kreese
Chad Queen - Dutch

Crew
Film Editor/Director - John G. Avildsen
Writer - Robert Mark Kamen
Producer - Jenny Weintraub
Martial Arts Choreographer -
Pat E. Johnson
Director of Photography - 
James Crabe
Film Editors - Walt Mulconery 
and Bud S. Smith
Music - Bill Conti


Awards

1985 Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Pat Morita (Nominated)


Review
In 2012 when before I got into the original THE KARATE KID, I only watched the 2010 remake with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in the lead roles. It doesn't go out as planned that the recent film only shows kung-fu not karate and it's a waste of time in my opinion. People should think of the movie as THE KUNG-FU KID and not this name it carries, that's a dishonourable marketing trend for the 1984 version. Life is so much better after having watched the original version. It was the way I feel that it's more of a chosen and respectful picture you can enjoy. The old actors are more well-remembered than the new, Ralph Macchio is, was an will always be the superior karate kid. He pairs up with Pat Morita for a bond of chemistry like never before in the original. I was surprised to see Elisabeth Shue from the future instalments of BACK TO THE FUTURE to portray the love interest for Dan.

Who needs the new movie anyway, the 1984 classic of THE KARATE KID is great and warranted to people who have or have not recalled in the 80s cinema. It's baffles me as to why they would even consider remaking a masterpiece epic such as this one. Also unless you have not heard, they are actually in pre-production for a second instalment.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie


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