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The Karate Kid (2010)

A Remake of the 80's original film.

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An Homage To The Classic Karate Kid?

  • Jun 12, 2010
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Many of us grew up watching The Karate Kid and I fall into that category. It has many beloved characters in Daniel Larusso, Mr. Myiagi, and the infamous Cobra Kai dojo and their students and  their merciless instructor. So why remake this classic? What's in it for those who grew up with the original and those who are seeing this reboot for the first time?

Before the Karate Kid purists get mad that things were changed it's important to remembered what actually made the movie "The Karate Kid". I'd put this in the reimagining category and not remake which is an important difference in its execution and what to expect. It's also important to remember this is a different time. The movie cannot be remade in the environment it was originally filmed in. Times have changed, technology has changed. Who was The Karate Kid really made for?

When you see this film you'll see throwbacks to old scenes in the original movie. Which is the most important thing to point out. What made the old movie was the plot. It was the series of events and how they happened that strung it together to make a classic story that has stood the test of time against hundreds of other movies we no longer remember, THAT aspect of this film was kept intact. Scenes unimportant to the plot, even if classically well known, have been dropped from this reimagining of the film.

Mr. Miyagi, The Cobra Kai, and Daniel Larusso are gone and are replaced with Mr. Han, The Fighting Dragons, and Dre Parker. Crucial story elements are kept in. Originally Daniel moved across the ountry to unfamiliar territory where he was bullied. This is structurally the same in the new film. Dre is forcefully moved acoss the world with his mother to China where he too gets bullied. Han saves Dre from an attack of multiple Fighting Dragn members. Han start training Dre in seemingly menial tasks that become important later on like Miyagi did with Daniel and waxing  the car and painting the fence. This film has some subtle things happening as a bit of homage to the older film that show they acknowledge its legacy.  I can always appreciate subtlety and found this was well done since it happens and let's the audience pick out what is a throwback to the original film.

There are definitely right and wrong ways to remake a film. This remake was very well done and stayed true to the spirit of the original movie. It should succeed in doing what the original did as well, getting lots of young kids interested in learning martial arts and the mystique it has. Jackie Chan had big shoes to fill as the role formerly held by Noriyuki "Pat" Morita because he didn't try to BE that role, but give his own role as Mr. Han it's own life while respecting its origin.

This film was never about elaborate fighting sequences, though they're well executed in this reimagining, but about not giving up, pushing through the pain, and discovering things about yourself you didn't know you could do. This film succeeds in that aspect. There were many young kids at the showing I saw and they seemed pretty energized after watching the film. You should be well acquainted with the story, but what changes do happen I'll list under spoilers and make you watch it to see them. I think you'll be glad you didn't read about them first.
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review by . January 03, 2011
Having not seen the original Karate Kid for many years, the content, story and overall feel of the original is simply lost in the annals of time as a result of my terrible memory. So with that, I'll say that my review will be written as if the original Karate Kid movie had never been made and this was an entirely original piece. For me to try and make a comparison would create a review based on false ideas and comparisons, which is not what I want my reviews to be.    The film …
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review by . June 11, 2010
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"The Karate Kid" is very much a worthy counterpart to the 1984 film on which it's based, not only in terms of story, but also in terms of quality; the excitement, humor, warmth, and themes of friendship, maturity, and overcoming adversity have been left intact, and better still, there's no sense that any of it has been cheapened or simplified to the sake of appealing to a mass audience. The only exception, and I'm really just nitpicking here, is a glorious but contrived aerial shot of martial arts …
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The Karate Kid, known as The Kung Fu Dream in China and Best Kid in Japan and South Korea, is a 2010 martial artsremakeof the 1984 film of the same name. Directed by Harald Zwart, produced by Willand Jada Pinkett Smith, the remake stars Jackie Chanand Jaden Smith.
Principal photographyfor the film took place in Beijing, China; filming began around July 2009 and ended on October 16, 2009. The Karate Kid was released theatrically in the United Stateson June 11, 2010 and Singaporea day earlier on June 10, 2010.
The plot concerns a 12-year-old boy from Detroit who moves to China with his mother and runs afoul of the neighborhood bully. He makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, Mr. Han, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense.
12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) and his mother, Sherry (Taraji P. Henson), arrive in Beijing from West Detroit to start a new life. Dre develops a crush on a young violinist, Mei Ying (Wen Wen Han), who reciprocates his attention, but Cheng (Zhenwei Wang), a kung fu  prodigy whose family is close to Mei Ying's, attempts to keep them apart by beating Dre, and later harassing and humiliating him in and around school. During a particularly brutal beating by Cheng and his friends, the enigmatic maintenance man of Dre's building, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), comes to Dre's aid, revealing himself as a kung fu master who adeptly dispatches Dre's tormentors.
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Director: Harald Zwart
Genre: Family
Release Date: June 11, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 140 Min
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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