Daniel, a fatherless teenager, arrives in Los Angeles and becomes the object of bullying by a gang of karate students when he strikes up a relationship with Ali, the gang leader’s ex-girlfriend, so Daniel asks Miyagi, a master of martial arts, to help him learn karate.
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and i saw this on TV with my mother, she said i had to take a nap if i wanted to see it. i complied and i saw it with her. i think i love the film so much because i watched it with her. i'm an 80's baby too> literally :P i was born in '84 aha yup pat morita is still inside my heart with that line...
I somehow managed to go my entire life without seeing "The Karate Kid." Fortunately, this is a film that works as well for adults as it does the expected youth demo: "Rocky" director John Avildsen opts for long takes that favor performance and characterization, Ralph Macchio and Elizabeth Shue have terrific chemistry, and if you can make it through the ending without misting up a little you're a tougher SOB than me.
Uno de los grandes exitos de los 80, y otra buena muestra de lo lobotomizadas que se encontraban las audiencias en ese entonces. Fuera de su filosofia chafa, lo que màs molesta es el mal tino de los del casting para elegir a la parejita protagonica: las deliciosas y abundantes carnes de Elizabeth Shue para el pobre pendejete de Ralph Macchio?? Mucho jamoncito para tan pocos huevos
If you were an Asian kid growing up in late-80s to early-90s America, this movie would've been the source of about 40-50% of all the stereotypes you'd be confronted with (some others being Bruce Lee, "Confucius say"-type aphorisms, and Full Metal Jacket -- you guess which part). Every time someone at school did that crane stance I wanted to punch them in their not-yet-dropped balls.
To any kid or teenager who got bullied at school and daydream about how cool it would be to be trained by an expert of karate so that he can take revenge and kick some ass - and run off with the cutest girl at the end. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita is a good memorable film screen duo as John G. Avildsen remakes his past success "Rocky" for teenagers.
The scenes with his sensei are brilliantly scripted. It was well filmed as well. I don't really believe in some of its sentimentality, but that fact is forgivable given that it has subtlety and has nearly perfect, precise cinematography (though I wonder if that cameraman was in the ending arena scene which looks like a crawlspace, a good cinematographer could have fixed that even if it was small.