Kreese, his life in tatters after his karate schools was defeated by Daniel and Mr Miyagi, visits Terry, a friend from Vietnam. Terry is a ruthless business man and a martial arts expert, and he vows to help Kresse take revenge on Daniel and Mr Miyagi. —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
Granted, the revenge plan conceived by Terry and Kreese is completely over the top and theatrical; in its perfidy it reaches an almost Shakespearian level. But it's a construction that works, as it enables the filmmakers to let Daniel-san go through a real crisis this time; a darker twist is added to the series, new depths are explored. Karate kid even finds himself questioning Mr. Myagi's mentor role.