The Karate Kid (1984) USA
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Director:John G. Avildsen
Studio:Sony Pictures
Producer:R.J. Louis
Writer:Robert Mark Kamen
Rating:4.5 (156 votes)
Date Added:2010-02-25
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:English, Japanese, French
Subtitles:Chinese, English, French, Spanish
Features:Special Edition
John G. Avildsen  ...  (Director)
Robert Mark Kamen  ...  (Writer)
Ralph Macchio  ...  
Pat Morita  ...  
Elisabeth Shue  ...  
Martin Kove  ...  
Randee Heller  ...  
James Crabe  ...  Cinematographer
John G. Avildsen  ...  Editor
Bud S. Smith  ...  Editor
Tags: Buddhism Drama

Summary: 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"