It’s summer, Daniel just broke up with his girlfriend and was told by his mother that her job needs her to move to Fresno for the summer which Daniel doesn’t like. Mr. Miyagi was going to let Daniel stay with him until he receives a letter from Okinawa telling him that his father is dying. So Miyagi leaves to go there and Daniel joins him. Miyagi tells Daniel that the reason he left Okinawa was because his best friend, Sato whose family is the most affluent in Okinawa, was promised Yukie whose the girl Miyagi loved. So Miyagi asks her to run away with him and when Sato learned of this, he challenged Miyagi to a fight to the death. So Miyagi left. Upon arriving Miyagi discovers Sato still wants to fight him and his nephew and best student Chozen has it out for Daniel. —IMDb
Few directors experienced the career highs and lows like filmmaker John G. Avildsen, whose résumé included two of the most popular films ever made – 1976’s “Rocky” and 1984’s “The Karate Kid” – as well as scores of misfires and abject failures. A former advertising manager, he entered film through the independent route in the early 1960s before making his first big splash with 1970’s controversial “Joe.” Subsequent efforts stumbled until he took on “Save the Tiger” (1973), a bleak look at the collapse of a businessman’s life and self-esteem. Its Oscar win for star Jack Lemmon brought Avildsen to the attention of Hollywood, but it took the low-budget boxing drama “Rocky” to earn him an Oscar and industry respect. Unfortunately, he found it difficult to find worthy material in its wake; his few subsequent hits were cast in the mold of the Sylvester Stallone film, like “Karate Kid.” However, the enduring popularity of both movies preserved Avildsen in the history books as a director with… read more
It has its flaws and I didnt liked the cheesy romance sub plot, but overall it is a decent sequel. It cant top the original but I liked it in its own way: Daniel - San and Mr. Miyagi are still very likable characters, the plot was interesting, its darker in tone and it had a very decent last fight in the end.
Same director,same cinematographer but worlds worse than the original -- mind-boggling really...
You really think so? I think it was refreshing that it was in many ways different to the original. Yes, it had a lot of the same formula, but the movie had a very different feel to it, more of a life-and-death struggle. Daniel's squabbles with Johnny Lawrence and company seem juvenile and trivial compared to what he faces in this film. He's on totally foreign soil and this film also gives Mister Miyagi a nemisis of his own in Sato. I know that people tend to look down on sequels but I think this is one of the more impressive follow-ups that I've witnessed. Mind you, come Part III, they never really did explain what happened to that Japanese girl, did they?