The Karate Kid (DVD)

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The Karate Kid (DVD)

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In John G. Avildsen's THE KARATE KID, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and his mother (Randee Heller) move from New Jersey to Southern California, where he's no...

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Excellent

ProTimeless 80's film fodder!

ConsIn my opinion, none!

I have always loved the film "The Karate Kid" from way back when I first saw it, probably on video, in 1987 or so. It just struck a cord with me; both in the sense that it was an exciting and action packed romp but also as a teenage rights of passage piece of commentary. It also seems to have...

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“The Karate Kid”

published 16/10/2008

Progreat action and entertainment

Consa little slow to begin

Director: John G. Avildsen. Producers: Jerry Weintraub, Bud S. Smith and R. J. Louis Writer: Robert Mark Kamen Stars: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Elisabeht Shue, Martin Kove, Randee Heller and William Zabka. This first in the karate kid sage was released in June 1984, involving the life...

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Excellent

“Wax on, wax off!!”

published 25/08/2009

ProKarate scenes, Ralph Macchio, end scene

ConsNone

One of my favourite childhood films with arguably the most dramatic cinematic ending of a film ever has to be the Karate Kid. Starring Ralph Macchio as the aforementioned Karate Kid, it follows his journey into the world of, yes, you've guessed it, karate. Ralph played Daniel LaRusso, is a...

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ProCharacters

ConsFight Choreography

Back in 1984 director John G. Avildsen took the straight-forward underdog premise that proved very successful eight years earlier in Rocky and applied it to karate. The Karate Kid was primarily aimed at a teenage audience, but was just as predictable and sentimental in its delivery that it became...

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Excellent

“Wax on, wax off, and repeat”

published 12/08/2011

ProGreat story and actors, including Noriyuki 'Pat' M...

Consnone

Moving to a new city can be difficult for teenagers as they can sometimes face problems making new friends and being accepted at school. One teenage boy has those problems in the 1984 film, The Karate Kid. The Karate Kid is about Daniel LaRusso, who moves from New Jersey to California, with his...

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Pro Lightweight entertainment

Cons None really

This is a film only review. Looking for a light hearted film to watch on a rainy Snday afternoon I found hiiden away in my video collection this movie and remembered it with fond affection. Ralph Maccio plays the lead character Daniel Larusso who together with his single parent mother moves to...

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ProMemorable, well acted

ConsConventional

John Avildsen's THE KARATE KID was released in 1984; a simple story made for next-to-nothing that went on to gain immense commercial success. Why? Teenager Daniel and his single mother have recently arrived from the comfort of a small town to the clutches of California. Whilst Daniel's mother...

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Excellent

“Kick It To The Man!”

published 22/09/2009

ProGreat karate action and cute love story!

ConsNone to say.

I have loved the Karate Kid movie since it first came out when I was young. I was not a karate enthusiast or anything like that but I found the movie to be entertaining and enjoyable to watch over and over again. Ralph was a young teen idol when this movie came out and Elizabeth was a great...

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In John G. Avildsen's THE KARATE KID, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and his mother (Randee Heller) move from New Jersey to Southern California, where he's not too keen about his new home--until he meets Ali (Elizabeth Shue), an attractive girl who seems to like him. But trouble looms when Ali's ex-boyfriend (William Zabka) and his gang of ruffians start tormenting Daniel. One day, as Daniel is suffering a beating at the hands of these louts, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita), an elderly Japanese handyman, comes to his rescue. To Daniel's amazement, Miyagi manages to take down the whole group all by himself using karate. Daniel begs to learn this ancient martial art, and soon Miyagi begins the boy's training, teaching Daniel that there is more to karate than fighting. Through a series of lessons, the wise mentor instils a sense of honour and nobility in his young pupil while preparing him for the ultimate karate showdown. However, as Daniel studies the discipline and art of karate, his enemies are learning a dirtier kind of fighting from Kreese (Martin Kove), a cold-blooded ex-marine. Ultimately, the boys will fight to the finish in the All Valley Karate Championship in a rousing and triumphant finale. Morita is a gem as the elderly father figure Miyagi, giving the character warmth, wisdom, and comic charm. Macchio's underdog character inspired an entire generation to run out and join the nearest karate school while chanting 'wax on, wax off.'.

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