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A fatherless teenager faces his moment of truth in The Karate Kid. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) arrives in Los Angeles from the east coast and faces the difficult task of making new friends. However, he becomes the object of bullying by the Cobras, a menacing gang of karate students, when he strikes up a relationship with Ali (Elisabeth Shue), the Cobra leader's ex-girlfriend. Eager to fight back and impress his new girlfriend but afraid to confront the dangerous gang, Daniel asks his handyman Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita), whom he learns is a master of the martial arts, to teach him karate. Miyagi teaches Daniel that karate is a mastery over the self, mind, and body and that fighting is always the last answer to a problem. Under Miyagi's guidance, Daniel develops not only physical skills but also the faith and self-confidence to compete despite tremendous odds as he encounters the fight of his life in the exciting finale to this entertaining film.
John G. Avildsen not only directed Rocky, he tried remaking it over the years in a dozen different ways. One of them was this popular 1984 drama about a new kid (Ralph Macchio) in town targeted by karate-wielding bullies until he gets a new mentor: the handyman (Pat Morita) from his apartment building, who teaches him self-confidence and fighting skills. The screen partnership of Macchio's motor-mouth character and Morita's reserved father figure works well, and the script allows for the younger man to develop sympathy for the painful memories of his teacher. But the film's real engine, as with Rocky, is the fighting, and there's plenty of that. Elisabeth Shue is on board as the girl the klutzy Macchio dreams of winning. --Tom Keogh
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 7380089
- Director : John G. Avildsen
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 7 minutes
- Release date : May 11, 2010
- Actors : Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
- Dubbed: : Spanish, Portuguese, French
- Subtitles: : English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Producers : Jerry Weintraub
- Studio : Columbia Pictures
- ASIN : B0037QGRZG
- Writers : Robert Mark Kamen
- Number of discs : 1
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Mr. Miyagi is a human treasure.
So I decided to get the versions seperately then get Cobra Kai. The quality on this Blu-Ray is superb, and lives up to its name. The main menu shows scenes from the film as well as some music. You’ll be satisfied with it, I promise. I wish it had “The Moment of Truth” music video by Survivor as a special feature. But I’m not complaining. Being a Song product, this will work on your PS4, and the barcode on the back is compatible with Vudu Disc to Digital, so you can convert it if you’d like. Overall, a great buy. My only real complaint is that the flap on the side of my Blu-Ray case won’t snap shut. But that’s a petty complaint and not worth getting a replacement.
Also the artwork inside and the sunset shot on the back is from Karate Kid Part III, not the first one. I know most people get that confused and it’s a bit annoying, but you can ignore it I guess. Go ahead and buy! 👍🏽👍🏽
You might not like this if: You don't have a heart. Or good taste. Or if you believe a film can't be good if it's not original and artistic.
TL;DR - Who doesn't like this film??? A kid moves from Jersey to California with his single mom and gets bullied. He meets a girl. He meets a mentor. He gets in a few fights. And there is a big show down in the end. It's amazing. It's classic. It might not be well-acted and it's definitely a Rocky ripoff but who cares. It's still one of one in terms of classic eighties coming-of-age sports movies.
It’s Mr. Miyagi that walks away with the movie. He teaches patience, talking through problems, and wants to avoid fighting. He’s only pushed to training Daniel after he sees what kind of teacher Johnny has. He emphasizes aggression and no mercy. The dichotomy between the two men and styles is what drives the story. It also really lets Morita shine in the part. He’s the wiseman to the upstart kid and the evil villains.
The training Miyagi puts Daniel through is one of the most iconic parts of the film with his phrase “wax on, wax off.”
Likewise the school Johnny belonged to Cobra Kai has gone down in film history as total jerks.
This movie is still great with a memorable good vs evil confrontation in high school.