karate kid

Ridiculous mashup of Jackie Chan beating the snot out of young kids. Nice.

Jackie Chan Hates Karate Kids

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In 1984, director John G. Avildsen and writer Robert Mark Kamen presented the world with a coming-of-age story about young high school student named Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) who moved to California and learned karate from kindly handyman Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita).

The Karate Kid was a hit and cultural touchstone for anyone who grew up in the 80s. It produced two sequels (and a third with Hilary Swank replacing Macchio), an animated series, a videogame for the NES, and countless merchandise. It also introduced the world to Elizabeth Shue, earned Morita a best supporting actor nomination, and forever cemented William Zabka (Johnny) in the minds of millions as a total dick.

Twenty-six years later director Harald Zwart and producers Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have remade the film for new audiences (coincidentally also giving their son a star vehicle). The plot is very similar to the original, but includes a few important departures in an attempt to allow the remake to stand on its own. So, how does The Karate Kid compare to the original? Well…

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Mr. Sparkle and I attended a screening of the new Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan version of The Karate Kid last night. You’ll have to wait about a week for our reviews, but for now I will share share some classic original Karate Kid goodness in the form of Joe Espisito’s “You’re The Best” music video (a song sadly not included in the new film).

You’re The Best Music Video

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