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The Karate Kid, Part II [Blu-ray] (1986)

Ralph Macchio , Pat Morita , John G. Avildsen  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038M2RL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Karate Kid, Part II [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The price of honor. The power of friendship. The Karate Kid, Part II. Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita re-create the roles that brought them international acclaim in The Karate Kid. Karate student, Daniel Larusso (Macchio), accompanies his wise and whimsical teacher, Mr. Miyagi (Morita), to his ancestral home in Okinawa. For the boy, it's a journey to an exotic new world offering new clues to his mentor's secret past. For Miyagi, it's an opportunity to see his father one last time and to rekindle a romance with his childhood sweetheart (Nobu McCarthy). But Miyagi's return also re-ignites a bitter feud with long-time enemy, Sato (Danny Kamekona) - a feud that involves young Daniel in a brilliant collision of cultures and combat. Now, far away from the tournaments, the cheering crowds and the safety of home, Daniel will face his greatest challenge ever when teacher becomes student and the price of honor is life itself.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting real... August 26, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The first Karate Kid literally spoke to any kid who felt out of place and picked on. Strongly enough, it was a concept played out over and over again. But the evenhanded direction of Avildsen made it a triumph. So what do you do for a sequel? You get real. Not that the first one wasn't real. The threat to Daniels safety in the first movie was always there and fully realized. But take this student and mentor pair and send them to Okinawa, and you have a whole different ball game. The story centers more on Miagi and his journey home to see his dying father, and facing demons he left as a young man. Asian culture takes certain things much more seriously. Honor in this movie is a subject brought up constantly, and we see it from Daniels perspective; as an American who does not understand why these people do things they way they do in the name of honor. As Daniel comes to grips with this life code in the small village of Miagi's youth, he realizes that the bully who has targeted him this time does not hold back. He's ready to kill Daniel. He has no qualms about it either and feels it's justified. As Daniel swoons a beautiful Asian girl and finds he's getting in deeper with the affairs of Miagi's past, he holds his ground, and his good upbringing helps to hold his own honor in place. In the end, the climatic fight scene is what really makes the movie. The whole story builds up to that moment. The idea is that this fight is real, there is no competition, no points. This is not a tournament, this is not a spectacle. Daniel is fighting to stay alive. And it is more brutal then the rules laden tournament of the first movie. Morita and Maccio play off each other so well it's obvious these two have great chemistry. Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One step above the Crane technique... (Pt. 2 of 3) December 15, 2005
Format:DVD
You could tell from the ending of the first `Karate Kid' that this was only the beginning of the story. The continuing journey of Daniel LaRusso bursts wide open in 'The Karate Kid Part II' Mr. Miyagi must return to his home land of Okinawa to see his dying father, but he is also well aware that the scars of his past are still there waiting for him after all this time. Daniel learns of Mr. Miyagi's best friend Sato and how Miyagi broke the village tradition to ask for the hand of his best friend's betrothed wife. Daniel learns through his trip that karate is more than tournaments and trophies. He learns that it is about honor and pride. He soon understands that there are people who take honor very seriously that they will stop at nothing seek out the purity of honor if it has been disgraced. That means anything is possible, even a fight to the death. Only through the sacred rules and techniques of the Miyagi family karate can Daniel overcome the tremendous obstacles he will face at this step in his journey.

This movie is one of the fabled sequels that live up to its predecessor. The story is darker and Pat Morita's performance is his best by far. I am surprised that he didn't get nominated a second time for an academy award. The villains are just as evil as the Cobra Kais (who actually make a brief appearance in the film) and the final fight shows that karate is not about fancy moves and glory. The message learned from `Part II' is that when it comes to fighting the most powerful technique is the one that your opponent doesn't see.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an oversight by the editors... January 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Karate Kid II is not only the best of the series, it is a premier movie of the eighties. In the beginning it was only made to build upon the successful sequel theory, but this film was part of a greater movement; Kid II was instrumental in the popular acceptance of "Eastern" culture. For Asian-American children, it provided a springboard into popular white society and created a mystique and awe about anything Asian. For some, respect grew from the disciplined culture that was eloquently protrayed throughout Kid II. For many others, Asians were again equivocated with martial arts and respected for an element of the eyes. No matter what the initial reasonings for acceptance or respect, it did lead to a general perception that Asian culture was something to be admired and that if cross-bred with American culture, there could be a tremendously successful result. Karate Kid II plays on all the emotions of American capacity and is both sad and inspiring. If an editor chooses to dismiss any piece as only "for kids," then unfortunately his narrow sightedness will never allow him to write an article worth reading. Buy it. Watch it. Take it to heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Miyagi's Personal Journey aka Karate Kid II November 17, 2005
Format:DVD
Karate Kid II.

Such division in the views on this movie. Chalk me up as one who loved this one. I'll go as far to give it a notch up on Karate Kid I.

Several reasons for my views on this. One - Additional depth of the characters. I love that Mr. Miyagi is the center of the story. The movie gave him a back story and explained him much more. It humanized him. Second - It isn't all about Laruso. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the first film and its themes. It was brillance on the part of the writers make Laruso a secondary character to Miyagi in this one. Third - the themes are intact and expanded upon (honor, loyality, love etc) others have mentioned it. I whole heartidly agree.

On the sappy front I love Daniel's relationship with Kumiko. It was touching and felt much more honest and real opposed to Daniel's love intrest in I. Too bad Kumiko didn't return for III. Could've been some nice development there.

In regards to the acting - Its very good contary to some others opinons expressed here. The only exception being Miyagi's father's death scene. I thought the "death" was the only weak acting point. The scene is good, just the actor who played Miyagi's father I think overplayed the death. Other actors peform well.

Overall, this film avoids the cliches and trappings of sequels. It develops the characters and shows you new sides to them. It also keeps the themes intact of the original.

This film still holds up well. Its a bit different in that it doesn't play the bullying card the way the first movie does. It isn't just about Daniel and winning respect. This one is about support and love to a friend and mentor in his time of need.

A wonderful sequel that has earned its spot next to I.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars about the movie
i enjoyed the movie, it has been awhile since I have seen it but it was good. The movie had good actors and actresses.
Published 22 days ago by party
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Im glad that it was as good as I remembered it as an older kid I absolutely loved it as I did then.
Published 2 months ago by patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I am not one much for sequels, but as sequels go this one is okay, i would watch it again
Published 2 months ago by Robocop2609
5.0 out of 5 stars Karate Kid II DVD
Karate Kid 1 and 2 are my all-time favorite movies, and I'm happy to have both for my DVD collection!
Published 6 months ago by Doogie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...
There's nobody better than Pat Morita! Much more storyline depth than part 1. Great values learned from Mr. Miyagi for teens and young adults.
Published 7 months ago by South Pasadena
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, not great...
Grandchildren said ok but no interest in ever seeing again. Too many words, not enough action according to the 10 year old.
Published 8 months ago by Eleanor Sorenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the "New" version
bought this and the first one for my kids as I think these versions are much better than the "New and Improved" versions...
Published 8 months ago by George L. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, fast shipping
One of the only sequels as good as the first. While KK3 didn't quite make the cut, KK1 and KK2 are fan favorites with all members of this household.
Published 9 months ago by Disappointed
5.0 out of 5 stars kickin it old school
My Daughter And I Love This Movie. While There Is Mild Violence It Is Not Gruesome. I Feel Comfortable With My 7 Year old Watching it.
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
I love The Karate Kid movies! This is one of my favorite Karate Kid movies. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 9 months ago by Laura K.
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Agree, the third film was a joke, Macchio & Morita should have laughed the executives out of the room with that script, Daniel just defeated a japanese hard a**, no way he would have been afraid of this guy in the third film, not to mention the fact that it totally ripped off the first film,... Read more
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