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Two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Actress, Boys Don’t Cry, 1999; Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby, 2004) Hilary Swank shines in her first starring role as THE NEXT KARATE KID, co-starring Oscar®-nominee (Best Supporting Actor, The Karate Kid, 1984) Noriyuki “Pat” Morita. When her parents are killed in a car accident, 17-year-old Julie Pierce (Swank) falls under the wise and patient guidance of Mr. Miyagi (Morita), who teaches the sullen teen to dispel her anger through the healing powers of the martial arts. So when she becomes the newest target of the Alpha Elite - a sadistic gang of high-school bullies - it’s up to Julie to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget.


A vast improvement over its immediate predecessor, The Karate Kid III, this appealingly understated 1994 drama features a compelling performance by Hilary Swank, who would later win a Best Actress Oscar® for her work in Boys Don't Cry. Swank plays 17-year-old Julie Pierce, the recently orphaned and troubled granddaughter of an old war buddy of Miyagi Yakuga (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, the lone holdover from the previous Karate Kid films). Harassed at school by adolescent boys under the sway of an evil coach (Michael Ironside), Julie reluctantly finds refuge in the calm teachings of Mr. Miyagi. While the film's violence is as contrived and silly as that of the other KK features, the script provides exotic compensations via a subplot set in a peaceful Buddhist monastery. Still, it's Morita's crafty professionalism and Swank's emotional authenticity that makes this film more watchable than anyone might have expected. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Pat Morita, Hilary Swank, Michael Ironside, Constance Towers, Chris Conrad (II)
  • Directors: Christopher Cain
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Portuguese (Unknown), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LK96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lee Neville on March 26, 2003
Format: DVD
"The Next Karate Kid" is the fourth and as it stands final Karate Kid movie. Released in 1994, a few years after "The Karate Kid Part III", this movie no longer focuses on the Karate Kid Daniel and his relationship with his Karate teacher Mr Miyagi. It is unexplained but suffice it to say the original karate kid has grown up. In "The Next Karate Kid" we follow Mr Miyagi's relationship with a teenage girl named Julie and watch as she becomes the next karate kid.
Julie (played by Hilary Swank who went on to win an Oscar for "Boys Don't Cry") is being bullied by boys at school who are following the violent teachings of their coach. Mr Miyagi (played by Pat Morita from the original Karate Kid movies) comes into her life and helps Julie learn courage and self respect through the use of karate and belief in oneself.
In comparison to the other three Karate Kid movies, "The Next Karate Kid" is a lot less violent. The Karate Kid has been increasing the violence with each movie, but has gone the other way with this one, and is all the better for it. There is a lot less of the karate and a lot more of the kid! No longer does the karate kid become about the next fight scene or the major karate move taught by Mr Miyagi. In "The Karate Kid" Danny learnt the crane, in "The Karate Kid Part II" Danny learnt the driver punch and in "The Karate Kid Part III" Danny learnt the Miyagi family kata. These special moves were used at the end of each movie. In contrast, with "The Next Karate Kid" Mr Miyagi teaches Julie the tiger kick, but she doesn't need to use it in the final fight. In fact in this movie Mr Miyagi has the final fight.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on November 16, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
The Next Karate Kid

Miyagi Yakuga (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) is called on for help, by the widow of an old war buddy.
She doesn't know what to do with her pretty but rebellious teenage granddaughter, after the recently orphaned girl was put in her care.
Meanwhile the girl, Julie, has her own troubles with a gang of local thugs at her school, led by a sadistic sports coach, while keeping her pet, a lame hawk hidden in the school grounds.
Her own love interest, a boy named Eric, is involved in the same battle with the gang called the Alpha elite.
Mr Miyagi knows just what to do, and the first thing is to teach Judy some self-discipline and inner calm.
The best line in the movie comes from Mr Miyagi, and isn't it the truth?

`Fighting no good, but if must fight, win!'
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Though this film isn't as good as the first two KARATE KID movies, it is just as good if not better than KARATE KID III. In this film, Mr. Miyagi takes a trip out East to receive a special commendation from the President for his unit's extraordinay achievements during WWII. He stays over at the home of the widow of his former best friend. The woman is having a difficult time raising her granddaughter, Julie, who was orphaned after her parents were killed in a car accident. Mr. Miyagi suggests she take a trip to California and stay at his place on a vacation while he stays and takes care of her home and her granddaughter. Other than being fiercely angry at life, Julie is also having problems at school and is being harassed by the school's administratively supported bullies, the Alph Elite. Through the tutoring of Mr. Miyagi, Julie is able to control her anger and find focus in her life.
Hillary Swank pulls off a believable and emotionally-deep performance as Julie Pierce. The role needn't required so much depth, but her character reminds one of the girl next door.
However, as good as Swank is, the real reason to see this film is Pat Morita. It's great to see Mr. Miyagi again. His character reminds me of a real life Yoda. As long as the story is decent, one can't get enough of a great character like him. There are also some great quotes in the movie. My personal favorite is "Never trust a spiritual leader who can't dance." A fun movie that is surprisingly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on October 28, 2012
Format: DVD
I'm just going to bullet-point the highs and lows of this one. For some of you, it's better than you think. For others, it's worse than you imagined.

WAX ON (the "half full" review):

1). Hillary Swank is attractive and engaging as Julie, the tomboy with anger management issues.
2). Pat Morita. I'm sure he knew this was less than a 5 star flick when he signed up for it, but he deserved one final Miyagi-sized payday. No harm, no foul on his part.
3). I gave this one 5 stars for having the courage to break from the formula.

WAX OFF (the "half empty" review):

1). The ice melts a little too quickly on Hillary Swank's character for it to b believable, especially in the romance department.
2). Michael Ironside. Neil Young made the one-note solo entertaining in "Cinnamon Girl." Ironside is basically playing the same role here as the one he played in "Total Recall" and probably every other movie he's been in. He just chews the scenery and isn't the least believable or entertaining while doing so.
3). The fight scenes. Thoroughly inept, stunt doubles punching and kicking empty air. Just awful.

FULL DISCLOSURE: This has been showing recently on the Ion Network. I was too lazy to change the channel and welcomed the opportunity to satisfy my curiosity by watching it for free. I recommend you do the same. 2 stars, and I am being overly generous.
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