Karate Kid Trilogy

Mike / May 21st, 2010


  • May 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Good thing you didn’t bother with the fourth one beacuse the Nostaliga Critic already reviewed it and we know how much that film sucks!

    To be honest, I never bothered with the KK film series though you made an interesting video on it without going into three part territory! I would’ve preferred the Rocky series because it has a better set of villains. But overall, good job as always!

    • Ninzilla

      September 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Yo never bothered? I can see why. You should at least see the first one if you haven’t.

  • djsete

    May 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I’m not sure what to think about this remake. I don’t really like using the word remake since it seems to differ so much from the original. The new movie should be called The Kung-Fu Kid not The Karate Kid since it takes place in China and has nothing to do with karate whatsoever. The Karate Kid was part of my childhood. It was, is, and always will be one of my personal favorite movies of all time.

  • pojut

    May 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    W00t! Such a good choice to cover! I remember the first time I saw Karate Kid with my older brother. Such a quintessential movie of the time.


  • May 21, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Great reviews as it was pretty much nostalgic value from when I was growing up with these films.

    I’m looking forward to an honest opinion of the Karate Kid remake considering that there’s going to be a lot of preconceived feelings of the film that I have.

  • Roge

    May 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    crane kicks in the playground when i was at school is a good memory.


    “sweep the leg”
    elizabeth shue
    cobra kai

    top stuff

  • trentnirvanafan01

    May 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    ivenever actually had the oppurtunity to watch the karate kid movies, which makes me feel bad for watching this, but it was well made and didnt give that much away. perfect as usual.

  • May 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    James Cameron should write a screenplay for a movie starring Rocky and Kreese.

  • May 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    What’s up with the movie poster? It looks like they’re going to start kissing one another.

  • com85

    May 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Sweet! comic that i had my Cobra Kai tshirt on me today and see this =P

  • May 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Great reviews. I always thought that The Karate Kid felt alot like Rocky, now I can see why. But great and fair reviews of all three movies. Personally I am not looking forward to The Karate Kid remake… after seeing the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I’m looking forward to this movie like a second kick to the balls.

    Personally I see some really bad signs that this movie is not going to be as good as The Karate Kid, much less even be a decent movie.

    The movie barely relates to The Karate Kid. There is no Karate, they’re in China, and Jackie Chan is Chinese. Why call it the Karate Kid when it’s not even the Karate Kid? This reeks of desperation on part of the producers and even if it was planned on being The Karate Kid from the start, it’s going to be riding that horse from all the way back then, and all the way to the grave.

    I mean Never Back Down was pretty much The Karate Kid as well, hell it was more The Karate Kid than this movies looking to be IMO. But they didn’t need it.

    But now I’m ranting. Great review James, always glad to see your movie reviews.

  • L3371CEMAN

    May 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Very happy you did this one. The karate kid trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies ever, and i agree with you on almost everything in the review. Looking forward to more AVGN. And i really hope you do something on the contra series for AVGN soon. =)

  • May 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    The first Karate Kid was my favorite movie as a kid. It’s totally blasphemous that they would remake it, with the same title, and set it in CHINA! I’ve decided not to shell out money for these remakes anymore. It’s just getting out of control.

  • May 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Great review! I agree in much butI think the second movie is as good as teh first one, very much because I love the setting, I’m very fond of Japan. I also like the forth movie very much, the spark betwean the student and the master is still there and the acting in that movie is great. Some very funny scenes with the monks also makes it memorable. 🙂

  • May 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    This is your WORST review James. You obviously do not understand martial arts or asian culture. You just follow all the typical sterotypes and don’t bother to study other cultures to get a better understanding. Your mixture of still photos and live video was just horendous. It was giving me a headache. You should have just stuck with live footage throughout. In Japanese culture if a feud is between two friends, it can expand to having problems with other family members and the other side’s friends as well. Hence the reason why the nephew was beating up Daniel all the time. He fed off of his uncle’s rage and felt that both Mr. Miyagi and Daniel deserved no mercy as far as the nephew saw it because he felt Miyagi disgraced his entire family for leaving like a coward in his eyes because Mr. Miyagi didn’t want to fight his best friend to the death over a woman. Part 2 is a much better film than the first. I at least feel that way because it’s much deeper. Part one was good, but it gets the typical stereotype that idiots get into. Part 3 and 4 were just pieces of shit. And I agree the “Remake” should have been put under another title. It’s not Karate he’s learning. It’s Kung Fu. Should have been called the Kung Fu Kid. You obviously didn’t get the deeper meaning in Parts 1 or 2 and your conncetion to Rocky is just laughable. There is no real connection other than the director. If I was to give you a rating on this review it would be a 1.5 out of 5. you got some pieces, but overall you FAILED misserably to understand the deeper undertones of the first two films.

  • May 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I love parts 1 and 2. These movies are classic in every sense of the word, and while the music dates them, it’s appropriate for the setting. Could almost be seen as period pieces now.

    The thing that makes these movies perfect? The movies aren’t about the style of martial art or the tournaments at the end. They’re about growing up, learning to be responsible and caring for those you love. That’s what really pisses me off about part 3. It’s not the over-the-top villains or the ridiculous situations. It’s that Daniel actually seems to regress into more of an A-hole than he was before he met Miyagi. The choices Daniel makes throughout the third film contradict everything he DEMONSTRATED HE LEARNED in parts 1 and 2, and Miyagi’s aggravation is more than justified…it’s completely warranted. Hell, if Miyagi wasn’t defending Daniel from getting MURDERED, he should have been kicking his ass for being an idiot.

    That plus… Terry Silver is like, the Geese Howard of San Dimas or something. You’d think Miyagi would’ve taught Daniel the Power Geyser technique by the end of that crappy film.

    God Bless Pat Morita. I wish I’d had the chance to meet him and thank him for Mr. Miyagi.


  • May 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Actually TwistedSpeech; James said “similar” not “exactly”. They’re both Italian, they’re both living in the dumps, and they do have similar speech patterns, and they both have awesome montages. Second. It’s the job of the writer and director to make sure the audience get’s everything. Clearly they failed to elaborate on this deeper running of resentment between Daniel and Sota’s nephew; it’s not the job of the audience to compensate for these failings. So the feud between him and Daniel feeling like there’s no real reason is a just one. I felt similar, though I always thought it was because his nephew was just a dick like Johnny. Of course his dip into insanity in the end was just a bad choice of a way to end the movie IMO.

    Can’t say much about three. But I do agree that the stills do feel a little cheap. But Jame’s is a busy guy, and since I make reviews and videos myself; I can understand him doing this to save some time.

  • May 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    @d100Productions: You’re dead wrong. They did a great job of elaborating the deeper meaning in Part 2. They explained how honor means everything to asian culture. Yeah Sato’s nephew was a dick. He went off the deep end because he truly believed that honor was everything and that people who do not honor a duel are cowards and deserve no mercy. When Sato said his nephew was dead to him he went off the deep end because of how much honor means to people of asian decent. He believed if he could kill Daniel and Mr. Miyagi that his uncle would see him as his own again. It was a great film and if no one saw the those things in the film then they obviously are too narrow minded to see what is obviously already there.

  • murphy2112

    May 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    “Oh, Daniel-san. You all wet behind the ear!”

  • Wesley26508

    May 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Another good review. Your reviews are short on being “crazy” like AVGN and long on insight which really makes it enjoyable to watch. Another A+ James!

  • May 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    @TwistedSpeech: Hm. True, I will admit it’s been awhile since I’ve actually sat through that movie and watched it fully. But I kind of think the whole “honor” system may have been exaggerated with the western scope. Kind of like how weeaboo’s think Japan is all super serious about Samurai and Feudal Japanese History; etc. And I wouldn’t call someone who doesn’t like The Karate Kid II narrow minded; it’s just a different type of film. What would you say if someone called you narrow minded for not liking the first Karate Kid more than the second?

  • Grimlock1985

    May 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I saw these on TV a few times in the late ’90s. They got my attention as I was in karate at the time. I think they showcase the value of having a good instructor, like I was lucky enough to have.

  • Escordian

    May 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I think you should have gone into “the next karate kid” more but I understand the reasons to why you didn’t.

    Good episode James. 🙂

  • Crowbar

    May 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I only know the first movie, I saw it a long time ago on television and I don’t remember much of it, but I think I liked it back then. Anyway, excellent review, as usual.

  • marcus420

    May 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I cant believe they are remaking this movie. -.-

  • marcus420

    May 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    the first movie*

  • Rasengan999

    May 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    oh boy! you wanna know about the next karate kid? watch the Critic’s review, it’s 100% correct. not too sure about the remake. I’d give it at least a 70% just because it has Jackie Chan, but the fact that somebody related to will smith is in it, it goes down to 50%, and because Jaden looks like that kid from boondacks, it goes down to 30%. the actual movie will decide the rest. oh yeah, and the fact that it has Jackie Chan takes it to 99.9%, and nothing can ruin Jackie Chan

  • Rasengan999

    May 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    i meant Boondocks, not boondacks

  • Lesley M.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Man oh man. What a great end to a shitty day!
    Great job dude.

  • May 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    @dp100productions: I wasn’t saying that you or anyone else is narrow minded for liking 2 less than 1. I was saying that you would have to be narrow minded not to see the deeper aspects of Karate Kid & Karate Kid II that is obviously there. It is true that more current generations of Japan are not as serious about the honor system as past generations, but Sato’s nephew looked up to his uncle with great regard and emulated him greatly so he carried his uncle’s mindset towards Mr. Miyagi and Daniel. He also had a great dislike for Americans and American Culture like a lot of foreigners do. I feel the sequel was better than the first because it delve more into what martial arts is really all about. It just seems like James and a lot of people missed the whole point of part two and it comes off a little narrow minded in James’ review. He focused more on the small cheesy aspects and the sterotypes then he did on the true meaning of the Karate Kid franchise like me and my friends have taken from it.

  • polluxval

    May 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    100% agree with TwistedSpeech.

    This is the first review of james that i didnt liked. Reasons:

    1.- I hated the static images, u never used before this james, why now?

    2.- read TwistedSpeech last post, hes totally correct, james didnt catch the real point for the second movie.

    3.- i did notice a lot of boring in james voice i never heard on any review.

    i really like all your videos but this is an exception. 🙁

  • polluxval

    May 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    a personal correction, james used teh static images before but not so often i meant.

  • LordKickass

    May 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm


    1 – You don’t know what you’re talking about. You said he never used stills before. You’re wrong. He uses stills often. Try watching the shining review. And Spike probably doesn’t want him to use a ton of copyrighted footage.

    2 – Are you people honestly debating the “deep meaning” of the Karate Kid movies? They’re goofy kids movies from the 80s. If you’re taking them seriously, you need to grow up mentally. It’s a dumb kids movie.

    3 – It’s just a movie review. Not a wacky avgn video. What do you expect him to be cracking jokes every 5 seconds?

  • polluxval

    May 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    1.- i corrected myself if u didnt seen it.

    2.- if u make a review it must be complete and to be sure u understand the movie, what would you think if i make a review from matrix and i just mention the fights and the slow mos are cool, or didnt you see the deep meaning of the movie either in this one?

    3.- no one is waiting for a joke every 5 secods, thats its for avgn, but did u ever checked the older reviews? u can hear the emotion in the best moments if the movie(s) hes reviewing.

    anw. like someone said before:
    arguing on the internet its like the special olympics, even if you win ur still a retarded. so i finish this one here, its my opinion and i think this is the worse video review so far, amen.

  • polluxval

    May 21, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    i did correct myself again:
    u can hear the emotion in the best moments “for” the movie(s) hes reviewing.


  • May 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Wow, I seem to have really offended some fans of the second movie. Did you even watch the video? I clearly said I liked it. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the feud between Daniel and Chozen. Yes, I get it. But I think it was a bit exaggerated. Agree or disagree, fine. But don’t twist my words around and make it seem like I trashed the movie.

  • thegoodson2001

    May 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I honestly thought Karate Kid II was better than the origional in alot of ways. Theres different aspects people go threw to determine if the sequel is better go as follows :

    First of all the love interest , not to get to cheesy but in the first film even though daniel was disapointed it wasn’t earth shattering for him to lose the girl , if anything he just had a crush on her. The second film he actually falls in love with the girl from japan , and even risks his life for her , in a fight to the death.

    The second thing is the enemies , i thought they were tougher and more of a challenge not just for daniel but for myagi aswell , especially having to fight somone that he see’s as a brother. The story of the second film does go deep into the movie and gets you to know the characters more, and the ending is more satisfying than the first film.

    The third thing is the music , i know its going to sound weird because more people remember the score of the first film better , but i honestly liked the soundtrack from the second movie better. All these things combined make part II better than the origional .

    With that said…….part 3? I don’t know if the people that made 3 ever even saw part 1 and 2…it should of been remade immediatly after it’s realease. first of all…..

    the love interest ……there is none , just a girl who is actually just a friend of daniel…..ok well this film still has a chance to save itself right ? Lets find out….the second thing is the enimes . It was a good choice to bring back the main villian in the first movie , but sadly he’s more of a side character and isn’t in much of the film. The enemy they picked out for daniel doesn’t look all that impressive. I think johnny from the first movie could of beat him in the tournament.

    The worst thing of all they did in this movie…….is they turned daniel into a wimp. If you watched the first two movies you will notice daniel will do things when he is pushed to far , even if he gets his ass kicked later on for it. He might not of won every situation , but at least he had guts. if he was willing to fight to the death with somone in the second film , he shouldn’t have any probblem fighting somone that only wants to beat him in the tournament..one of the final scenes which i couldn’t belive they did……..it almost loses respect for daniel , the moment is when he breaks down during the tournament and almost cries , telling myagi he’s too scared to continue.

    Daniel can’t even fight back in this movie , at least if he could hurt barns a little in the tournament he wouldn’t think he’s such a push over. And the music score is only repeated music that you have probably already heard in either part 1 and 2.

  • May 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    @James: I don’t think I twisted your words or accused you of trashing the 2nd film. If you felt I did, I apologize for misuse of my words. It just seemed to me like you didn’t get the deeper meaning behind the film. You just took the few tidbits of cheesiness at the beginning and griped about the feud between Daniel & Chozen and nothing else. You liked the darker aspect, but that was it. It felt like you didn’t take too much away from it. In all honesty, Part 2, I feel, is better than Part 1. But as most would say, to each their own. You also apparently didn’t get that kill was a slang from the 1980s for kicking someone’s ass. “Kill ‘em! Kill ‘em! Show them no mercy!” Well I used to use it up through till I graduated high school in 2001. Anyways, I understand that it could be taken literally and not metaphorically, as you & probably most have done. I guess I just never did, I took it as Daniel was asking Mr. Miyagi if he could have really messed up Kreese if he wanted to instead of allowing Kreese to mess his own self up. You referred to Chozen as Sato’s student when in reality he was both Sato’s nephew and student. That’s why he went over the deep end because when his uncle disowned him he felt he had no family anymore and felt it was all Daniel’s fault because he saved the girl and not Chozen who was too much of a coward to do the right thing. I can see how you would see it was way over the top for Chozen to be the way he was. But that’s how I felt about the third. The guy who played Silver was just WAY OVER THE TOP and was on the goofy side of being a bad guy. As far as I am concerned there were only two Karate Kid films. The new one coming up, I won’t say what I feel about it till I see it. It looks promising but doesn’t mean it will hold up to the trailers currently out on it. Bottom line, I apologize if I upset you, James. I was just giving my honest opinion on your review. I think you would be better off redoing it and just using live footage only though. That choppy still frame stuff was nauseating for sure. You also said the synth pop in the first really outdated the film. Not really. Most of the music today is synth pop. Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Christina Aquilera, and Rhiana are all heavily involved in synth pop and sound like the 80s music styling. Anyways, I have no hard feelings, honestly. You know I love the majority of your work. From AVGN to Board James and your reviews and little specials you do. Can’t wait to see your future work.

  • rossbosstx

    May 22, 2010 at 12:43 am

    wow after 2 years of passwords i finnaly get one that works. fitting enough it was with this movie review.kind of a type in type out situation.As for my comment. I saw this movie as a kid in the theaters and qickly came home to show my friends this new move i learned called the crane kick. so i asked my buddy to stand there while i took pose. you know what, it worked and i kicked him square in the nose.funny right , NO i freaked out saying DON’t tell my mom as he was crying with blood gushing out his face. we cleanede him off with the hose and he was fine. so rember kids just cause you see somthing in a movie that looks cool dosen’t nessesarly mean you should reenact it.

  • May 22, 2010 at 12:56 am

    @RossBossTx: I did the same thing to a kid when I was first learning Taekwondo. I did a kick and broke my training partner’s nose and blood went everywhere. I freaked out and thought I killed him. The crane kick is a wicked technique and can cause serious damage to someone’s body, so yeah don’t imitate it at home less you’re using it to defend yourself.

  • rossbosstx

    May 22, 2010 at 1:03 am

    pain does not exsist in this dojo, does it.

    fear does not exsist in this dojo, does it.
    what was the 3 rd one?

  • rossbosstx

    May 22, 2010 at 1:12 am

    bobbi- “come on Johnny, I think he’s had enough.”
    JOhnny- “I’LL tell you when he’s had enough.”

  • May 22, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Thanks! Yes, I liked the darker aspect, but I also said the 2nd movie advanced the story further and explored the characters deeper. Also, just wanted to point out that when summarizing the plot to a movie, I try to keep it concise, so sometimes details can be left out. It’s hard doing movie reviews and to be honest, I’m never satisfied with my choice of words, especially when they get misinterpreted.

    About the still shots, from time to time, I run into some legal issues on Spike where I have to cut down on some of the moving footage. I don’t see how it could be “nauseating” but anyway the alternate edit has all moving footage and that’s the version you will see when I eventually host it on my own after the exclusive period. So for now, just keep the views coming on Spike.

    I don’t know why I explained all that, but just for everybody’s reference. Have a good night.

  • mastamuzz

    May 22, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I was still a kid when I saw the first KK, as James said it haves a nostalgic value, as I grew up I saw the same things with the sequels, everything haves a moment and age!

    for those with the deep meaning comments please find something else to get your ideals other than movies, your perception as foreigners from another culture really differs from reality!

    In other words get a life! ……….. not a 1up or extra guy!!

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    May 22, 2010 at 1:44 am

    you did good here james…Mr. Morita would’ve been proud

  • May 22, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Thanks James. I understand where you’re coming from. I am the same way. Whenever I write a book I am working on, I look at things and think to myself, “Sure there is a better way I can say that, or a better way of describing things in the context I am work with.” So I know how it is to not be happy with the way things are said or come out. I am sorry I was harsh on you about your review. I guess you could say I am a lot like you. I find things that just urke me and I get all in a tizzy over stupid shit and let my thoughts be known, regardless if they’re justified or not sometimes. I am not sure why I got nauseated. Maybe it’s just the settings, or the way my laptop is. It just made me sick for the quick flashes of still photography. It actually gave me a damn headache watching it. I’m not blaming you at all for that. It just happened. It’s really why I don’t play too many modern day video games and stick to the classics of the 80s and early 90s. I just watched Karate Kid II for the first time again in quite some time and there were some flaws that I could see that could have been better, but overall it did explain the characters better and gave a deeper meaning to what Martial Arts is really all about and why I actually got into Martial Arts when I was a kid. Unfortunately I let that part of me go in 1997 and have regretted it ever since. One day when my life isn’t so hectic I will re-enter the world of Martial Arts. Spike TV is weird. I don’t get what copyright infringements you’re stepping on, but whatever. Hopefully I’ll see it again when you post it here on Cinemassacre.com and keep watching your reviews on Spike.com as per your request, lol! Like I said before, I didn’t mean to upset you. I just have a tendency to be way too honest about things and sometimes say without thinking of the consequences. So again, my sincere apologies for any ruffled feathers I may have caused you James. Best of luck with your future projects.

  • N.Brosseau

    May 22, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Great review James. This really threw me back to the old days.

    I was kind of really sadden when Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi) passed away a couple of years ago. He played the role so well that he made Mr. Miyagi into one of those characters that get stuck in your head and in your heart as if it was a real person. I think he’s what made these movies so special.

    I can’t wait to see how the remake is going to look like. To bad my kids are to young right now to enjoy it.

    About “James Cameron should write a screenplay for a movie starring Rocky and Kreese.”

    I don’t know if you said that on purpose or not but Martin Kove (Kresse) actually played a “Rocky” in an episode of “The Incredibles Hulk” in the 70s. (It’s one of the very early episodes of the first season).

    The guy’s nicknamed was Rocky because he wanted to be like “Rocky”.

    Ironically, Kove also played a character in one of the Rambo film later on apparently.

  • May 22, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Well I just watched the review. Well I know that part 1 will always be one of my all time fav movie’s. It told a very good story of a underdog becoming a winner. It also had alot of teaching in it. When I frist saw this movie I was a kid. What I got out of it was that no matter who you are, if you work at something and you have the drive and the passion for it. Then one day you will be the winner at whatever that thing you have passion for is. It also teach’s you not to give in or to give up. Keep pushing yourself and good things will happen. Keep up the good review’s and video’s James.

  • May 22, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Yeah… that tittle for the new movie. Why the hell didn’t they just call it The Kung Fu Kid? Freakin’ driving me nuts here. They are doing freakin’ kung fu in the movie, not karate! :-p

  • Sir Vejeiro

    May 22, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Thats so nostalgic… i simply forgot about my DVD trilogy… gonna rewatch righ away xD

    awesome james thx (^_^)=b

  • Sirius

    May 22, 2010 at 5:09 am

    First movie is a classic.

    I have to agree with I don’t remember who that said that this review kinda felt like you were bored though. It was really all said in a monotonous voice.


  • richycline

    May 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Fantastic work James. Probably my favorite series as a kid. This kind of good content keeps me checking your page every day or two and helps me cope with less AVGN videos.

  • May 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Finally someone else who LIKED Karate Kid II! The cool thing about this one is that if you watch closely you will find plenty of homages to the Japanese karate/action films of the 1970’s. (Not the HK stuff but the Sonny Chiba/Sue Shiomi/JAC films that were a genre all by themselves.) Most notably the scene where Miyagi and Daniel-san are catching flies with chopsticks.

    I don’t remember ever watching III and only saw bits and pieces of Next on the Movie Channel when it was playing. The franchise could have aged with Machio as Daniel-san’s development into a Master but frankly they needed to keep him in Japan to advance the story to that point. Going back to the Bario seemed like a bad idea done way too soon in the story.

  • Beware77

    May 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Sweet review, these movies are awesome. They just ran a Karate Kid marathon on…uh…some cable channel. I forgot how much I liked these. I’ll agree they made Daniel a pussy in the third movie. You would think after years of training, winning a tournament, fighting to the death over the maiden fair, he would at least be able to hold his own in a karate match. In the last movie it didn’t even seem like he deserved to win…

  • Beware77

    May 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Hey, Mike, thanks for answering my comment on the “filmography” board. I’m not sure where it went, but I’m glad I got to read it. Thanks again!

  • dragonfly82

    May 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Nice review James,

    Loved the trilogy, even if the 3rd one was
    kinda of weak, the crazy villain made up for it…..

    As for the Remake with Jackie Chan and Jade Smith,
    I thought you would mention the most obvious of

    Why is it called “The Karate Kid” if he’s clearly practicing
    Kung Fu and he’s in China.

    Looks like Hollywood is still dumb enough to not get
    something as simple right:

    Karate = Japan
    Kung Fu = China

  • Butch Bitch

    May 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I didn’t grow up with The Karate Kid as a child,but I recognize that it is a classic and you have sparked my interest in the series.I also want to see Part II because of it’s darker aspect,because,well-I like the darker side of things.

  • chillywilly

    May 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    You are some lick arse

    Does being kinda famous doing this get you a lot of action with the ladies?

  • May 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    @ChillyWilly: I don’t know what you mean by your comment calling me a lick arse, but talk english next time you want to insult me. And you comment to James is just stupid. He’s a married man and happily so.

  • Rattrap007

    May 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Hey James,
    If you love Karate Kid you should check out the music video Sweep the Leg by No More Kings. It is a Karate Kid fans dream. It is basically Johnny has been so depressed over the years that he has done nothing but sit in his trailer and watch the movie over and over again. His girl friend is pissed. It is supposed to be sung from his view. It features:

    ALL the kobra kais (yes all of them)
    Mr. Belding!
    A cameo from Ralph Machio
    Cameo by Sensei Kreese
    The apartment building Daniel lived in
    the tournament

    It is a good song and the video is just so awesome

  • christburner

    May 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    oh man, i loved the third one its all about Silver that guy was such a bad ass! after watching this i can kinda see how he really is what holds you to that movie. if it wasn’t for him it would be like a remake completely. great review…

  • May 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks, James. Always entertaining.

    I’ve seen these films pretty recently. I like them, though I haven’t yet spent many time thinking which is better. The second one looks out of place, but only for the plot being out of America. I love the villains in 1 and 3, they’re crazy, and Miyagi is a unique character.

  • thegoodson2001

    May 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Alot of talk about the remake i see. I think reguardless the movie with be great because it has jackie chan , and the only probblem with it most people have with it is that its called ” the karate kid ” instead of ” the kung fu kid ” i say lets give it a chance , it’s not even out yet.

    Yes hollywood probably knew that and i think were origionally going to call it the ” kung fu kid ” but more people are firmilar to ” the karate kid ” and want to capitalize by making it look like a remake. but whats not to like about it ?

    Its going to have all the elements that we liked in the oriongal film such as :

    1. Boy goes into a new place he’s not fimirar with

    2. Boy likes girl , goes out , runs into ex and fight breaks out , gets beat up. Kid now wants to move out and leave

    3. Is tired of getting picked on , wants to learn karate ( kung fu in this case ) teacher trains. Teacher trains uses methods that doesn’t look like he’s really training him in the begining.

    4. Kid goes to tournment so the bullies will have respect for him

    5. Kid probably wins tournament and gains respect of everyone

    We don’t really get a choice on what remakes hollywood decides to do , all we can hope for is they do them well. And so far from the previews this movie doesn’t look bad at all.

  • sexyfingers

    May 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    best part about the “remake” is jackie chan doesnt even teach the kid karate, but kung fu. LOL

  • zackus93

    May 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    i cant watch this video and the last one which was game of death it seems to me when you post a video with a link to spike tv it doesnt work

  • May 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    James, you’ll probably never see this comment, but I wanted to mention something: Avildsen movies always seem to embody certain zeitgeists. And I wasn’t sure of why until I revisited Rocky. For some reason the locations he uses are spectacular. Rocky to me is the embodiment of the 1970’s, with the old gyms, old bars, and old streets. The same is the case with The Karate Kid. A sand beach, the quintessential 80’s apartment, and of course the Civic Center at the end of the movie. I think more than anything these movies hold up because of the locations. Of course there is more to it than that, but to be fair, the nostalgia value always holds up for these specific reasons,

  • Glaeken

    May 23, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I actually watched the first three on a whim last Wed-Fri. I guess a lot of people are with the new one coming out, thus the review. Still, it’s nice to have your reviews coincide with my activities.

    I have to say, watching the Karate Kid trilogy is like watching the 80’s version of Rome. A strong beginning, slight shrinkage in the middle, then a terrible, burning crash with the third entry.

  • Redd the Sock

    May 23, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Nice review as always. I always prefered the second to the first one, perhaps due to a greater sense of danger, though I’ll agree, Chozen wasn’t very well explained. Then again, there is something to having a villan that’s just a jerk for being a jerk’s sake. We all have that side to us and it can be nice to have it shoved on the screen for us to look at and ponder.

    3, well, I can see what they were trying to do, but they missed the mark. I’ll forgive Silver being a rich SOB that has nothing better to do with his time and money than help an old war buddy get revenge. All things considered, it wasn’t even a bad plan: get Daniel and manipulate him until he’s broken both mentally and physically before pulbic defeat. It was just rushed, exagerated, and loses all meaning when the old guy mops the floor with all three of the bad guys at once. Maybe if Myagi had died and Daniel had to find his own path, but then you’d have another Rocky connection.

    Next Karate Kid wasn’t a total waste, more of a watered down rip off of the first film. As for the upcoming one, I’ll admit it doesn’t look as toxic as I was afraid of, but I’m somewhat put off by the age of the fighters. It feels more Like Jackie Chan should be giving them a spanking than a beating, whereas the bullies in the origianl were close to adulthood.

  • Aradiel

    May 23, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Just wanted to say, the “remake” is apparently not a remake. Allegedly, in other countries it’ll be called “The Kung Fu Kid”, and it is only called “The Karate Kid” in the west so that people will think it has something to do with the trilogy and watch it.

    If it really was a remake, then I’m pretty sure it’s incredibly culturally insensitive: The Chinese and the Japanese hate each other, so why would a Chinese man teach an American child a Japanese martial art?

  • Srceodizno

    May 23, 2010 at 8:44 am

    This is a great review. I only ever really watched the full thing of number 1 probably because I was to busy watching stuff like Jackie Chan and his amazing fightscenes. I was never really drawn twards movies like this I watched more stuff like Jackie Chan and James Bond and so on. This new one looks sort of cool because Jaden Smith is in it instead of some other nobody and Jackie Chan doesn’t play Mr Myagi. Geat job.

  • buttmonkeyfromspace

    May 23, 2010 at 9:07 am

    In Japan, the remake is called “Best Kid”. Because if they called it Karate Kid in Japan, they would be so insulted by a movie set in China, in which the characters do Kung Fu called “The Karate Kid”, that nobody would watch it.

    Karate started in Okinawa, Japan. It is a symbol of Japanese national pride.

  • mastermind22

    May 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm


    To me it has nothing to do with it being in China that the title should be changed. It’s the focus being on Kung Fu and not Karate that has me questioning the title. I think they’re just using the title to capitalize off the orginal.

  • wagwanman

    May 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    yo james can u pls make a new bullshit episode last one was last year and arnt u takin an avgn break

  • armyN64

    May 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    To be honest,the newer version doesn’t have very good acting,and the Karate kid actually uses Kung Fu(doesn’t matter since it looks way better than karate).However,the action is awesome,at least from the trailers,and there are some cool tricks.Also I like the music they song they chose,which is known as 100% Reason to remember the name.The lyrics to that song are classic,and reflect on real life.

  • Taffstar

    May 24, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Great review. I haven’t watched this movie and ages and I didn’t realize that it had the same director as rocky. Things make a lot of sense now!

    There is one point about part 3 that I would like to make though. I think you missed something about what Terry was trying to do to Daniel. You said Terry turned up at the club and instigated the fight for no reason. However, there was a big reason. He is trying to get Daniel to turn away from the path that Miagi had shown him. Miagi had always taught Daniel that karate is only for defense, but Terry is trying to turn him into a violent beast. The same can be said for Terry’s training practices. So you can see that Jon Crease’s revenge is not only to cause Daniel physical pain but also to destroy Daniel and Miagi’s relationship and to turn Daniel into a monster. They almost succeed until Miagi saves him and everything ends happily ever after (as usual:) I agree that Part 3 is completely over the top but I think there was a little bit more to what Terry and Jon were trying do than you give them credit for.

    Looking forward to your next review:)

  • May 24, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Great! I could’t agree more. I lovede the original movie. It’s the classic underdog movie, just like Rocky. The second was a bunch o’ crap, and #3 isn’t worth the mention. I have no expectations of the upcoming movie, but hey, let’s give it a shot. Super review James. Thumbs up!

  • Crust

    May 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Another magnificent production, James. It never ceases to amaze me how every movie you upload touches on a major element of my own childhood. The Karate Kid series is no exception. The trilogy is a classic.

    I must also add that your choice to end the video with Miyagi and Daniel on the boat was masterful.

    Your work is awesome, James. I’m dying to see your review of The Cheetahmen! 😉

  • com85

    May 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    One funny thing you forgot to mention is that Thomas Ian Griffith actually are 1 year younger then Macchio..

    haha crazyy

  • MaximusPM

    May 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I guess that the weird part about the new movie is that Jackie Chan keeps telling the kid he’s gonna teach him Kung Foo. When I first saw the trailer I was like ‘oh, nice… a Kung Foo Kid? Kinda like a spoof of Karate Kid’
    The when they announce the title it says KARATE Kid… Seriously, WHA THE HELL?

  • Sheeyah

    May 25, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I actually completely agree with your reviews of the trilogy, even that ‘The Next Karate Kid’ doesn’t fit in the series. Of course you didn’t fully review each one, so I’m sure there are some minor points within each film on which I’d disagree with you.

    They probably do want to widen their audience with the title, but I did read an explanation for it. Apparently, in the movie the Chinese students tease Jaden’s character for trying to use Karate on them by calling him “Karate Kid.” Of course, he’s not very good at it and gets beat up. The rest is essentially the same.

    I have no interest in the new version, though. I can’t relate to Jaden’s character. It just seems like an action movie for kids (where it has comedy to lighten the mood). I dare say it’ll have stereotypical black culture reactions from Jaden’s character to stay “hip” as well. This one won’t hold up. In fact, without Jackie Chan and Will Smith (I know it’s Jaden, but you wouldn’t care about him if not for his father) this movie would just blend into the crowd.

  • jessejace

    May 25, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I remember thinking that Tamlyn Tomita (Kumiko) was a supreme cutie in Karate Kid 2. Then I saw her more recently on 24 and I was like, “Yikes. She turned to vinegar.”

  • May 25, 2010 at 6:08 am

    @JesseJace: What in the hell are you talking about, bro?! Google search her name. She’s hotter now than she ever has been. That deal on 24 was makeup for the purpose of the show. Just like Charlize Therone in Monster.

  • The-Animeniac

    May 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Yeah I’m not going to see the karate kid remake in theatres because in its trailer he says “I will teach you kung fu” and whats the title of the movie karate kid, heck they’re even in china and I swear if jaden smith’s character has a love intrest I will never see it becuase he was like 11 or 12 when they film this movie. Also I love jackie chan he is awesome but does he know the name of the movie is karate kid also how is it a remake unless the kid’s name is daniel it isn’t a remake. And one more thing everyone bitched about the american godzilla being godzilla in name only guess what they should bitch even mopre about this movie its not a remake at all nothing from the original and once more he is teaching him KUNG FU not KARATE.

  • NiL8r

    May 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    My karate instructor and I have actually had lengthy discussions about the new Karate Kid. When you break it down, it actually is the Kung Fu Kid. They’re in China, Jackie Chan is teaching him, they actually call it Kung Fu, and they are doing Kung Fu.

    The only reason they’re calling it the Karate Kid is to cash in on the name. If they called it Kung Fu Kid, people either wouldn’t have bothered, or they would’ve have claimed that it was ripping off the Karate Kid. Plus, there are plenty of people who don’t know the difference between Karate and Kung Fu, so those people won’t be bothered by it.

  • NiL8r

    May 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Sorry for the double post :/

    Regardless of all the weird crap about the title, I do want to see it. It actually does look pretty good.

  • nammm3

    May 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Interesting reviews and i’m sadly a bit optimistic about the new “karate kid” coming out but i’d rather rent it than watch it at the movies

  • rossbosstx

    May 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    gotta give it up for johnny. he took that kick like noones ever seen before.

  • rossbosstx

    June 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I’m still the best around,and noone will ever keep me down

  • shpadoinkle

    June 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm


    I pretty sure when Daniel said “Why didn’t you?” it was intended as a joke, I mean I would have said it.

  • avgnfuckfan

    June 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    if only i could watch the fuckin review! fuckin spike.com wont let me! now THATS BULLSHIT!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    June 10, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I liked the review, but James… come on, the third on isn’t THAT bad. :p

  • June 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Great review, but why are there no comments regarding Daniel’s love interests? The break-ups are resolved in a single line in each film, as if they didn’t even exist. lol. The end of part 2 leaves us expecting Kumiko to move to the states to pursue dance school or some shit.

  • IDaCashman

    June 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I don’t think you REALLY understood some of the soil in the earth called The Karate Kid. There’s just stuff that you can’t take seriously, and if you don’t, then it’s flipping awesome. What a masterpiece, but here’s my formula: don’t go in expecting a masterpiece or you won’t get a masterpiece. Don’t expect what you should get.

  • pwgregory

    June 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    James, if you haven’t already you should see the faux trailer to Ralph Macchio’s never to be released film that doesn’t exist ‘Wax On, Fuck Off’. It’s an hilarious send up of both the Karate Kid films and the actor’s squeaky clean image. Check it out.

  • June 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I never saw the 4th one. Is it that bad?

    • ErikVonBlackrock

      January 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Actually not, it’s just totally different. The new main character is a girl called Julie, she has problems with aggressions, and Mr. Myagi tries to “heal” her. I don’t want to spoil too much, in case you want to see it, but it’s worth a watch. Especially to see Myagi dance :).

  • harkat82

    June 21, 2010 at 4:11 am

    you should do a review of the bond films

  • enzio

    June 21, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I am interested in what do you think about the new karate kid movie 🙂

  • nickNESnerd

    June 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    The remake should be called the kung fu kid

  • avgnfan96

    July 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    the new 2010 was actually verry cool

  • wompa123

    July 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    the new nightmare on elm street, i gotta hear your thoughts on it

  • kazimir101

    July 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

    oh yeah, james bond is awesome!

  • wrsatm

    August 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

    i wonder if their will be a review of the old pink panther movies?

  • venom 51007

    August 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    hey james did u go to see the remake did u like it hate it cause obviously i didn’t see it but that doesn’t matter u should see it like diary of a wimpy kid that movie was awesome. by the way just to be honest cause i usually forget something right away after i fall asleep did the movie have some of the stuff from rodrick rules cause to be honest i totally forgot.

  • blackgear10

    August 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    you should make a review of parahna 3-D i watched it at the movies and the only thing i have to say is two words gore and comady. The movie doesnt have that mutch comady but when it gets there every one will start laughing .oh and if you are going to make a review about it remember to cencer it i dont know if thats how you spell it but you know what it means

  • venom 51007

    August 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Dude is that a sequel or a remake cause i’m not sure and what movie theatre was it playing cause i haven’t seen that one yet or predators i’ve been dying to see those two and now i wanna see the last exorcism.

  • TheKillerCat

    August 30, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    On TV The next karate kid was called Karate Kid 2 so I was really confused when a friend told me that in Karate Kid 3 there’s Daniel again so i got f*cked up until i found out about you. Thanks!

  • Andy Rousselle

    September 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    u should realy review the movie double dragon

  • phoenix252005

    October 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Haight Daniel Son!

  • December 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Uhm. I only saw the first one in the series, but I never liked it. it sure has that Rocky-like style, that’s great, but while Stallone was good in fighting, Daniel looks like a total moron. He does wrong even the basic stances! The hands, the arms, the legs, nothing in his position is good! Was it too much for the actor to do a little basic training before filming? In Rocky you cheer for him, and when he wins it’s believeable, but here… Also the training doesn’t make sense! Wax on, wax off? Seriously?
    Maybe that’s the point, I’m taking it too seriously, I’m beeing too technical, maybe because I like martial arts, and this is just a movie about the kid, but karate is also in the title, so it should be more accurate!
    Well, thinking of it Karate Kid helped bringing to the west the love for martial arts, so maybe is also thanks to it that I’m now able to study them and do such comments, so it still has its value… No. I’m sorry, I don’t like it.

  • gamer025

    January 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Never made the connection between TKK and Rocky before. Good review James.

    Wish you had reviewed the last one “The Next Karate Kid” just so we have a clue. I watched the latest and it’s horrible IMO.

  • Otaku4Life

    February 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Daniel is Italian, and is from New Jersey.

  • s.u.p-e-rc.ai.n

    March 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Want another similarity with Rocky? the guy who plays Kreese appears on an episode of the Incredible Hulk playing an underdog boxer. Guess whats his name? Rocky!!

  • s.u.p-e-rc.ai.n

    March 24, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I feel kinda weird, because i watched Karate Kid 2 right the day night the earthquake hit, and all the disaster and aftermath reminded me a lot the scene of the typhoon, it was like foreseeing what was about to come for Japan.

  • LuizFelipeSilvaAntero

    September 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

    oh plz review the karate kid remake with jack chan!

  • Piet

    February 7, 2012 at 1:47 am

    the next karate kid? any chance it is the same karate chick that roundhouse kicks her way into “plumbers dont wear ties”?

  • HorazStCruz

    March 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Miyagi!! I hooked up with Karate Kid 2. The bonsai thing was so awesome back then.

  • November 17, 2013 at 6:34 am

    i disagree on the third one. it’s not as good as the first two, but it’s a good movie. the first two were really great so you get disappointed when the third is not quite up there, in addition to the fact that there’s nothing new. but i feel it is still quite good and involving.

  • smeagol99

    November 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I love these movies and the remake but not the fourth

  • January 25, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I always thought the bullies aren’t just bullies, they are potential murderers. And as Cracked has stated in one of their videos, does Daniel deserve to win? He knew next to nothing about karate, learned a few moves from a janitor, and because the song is telling us he’s the best around, he root for him? The bullies, yes are assholes, have been training for years to be good at karate. “Oh, but their asshole-ness clouded their skills”. Bullshit, those kids would have beaten Daniel 10 times out of 10.

    To me, its just a cheesy 80s movie.

  • February 26, 2015 at 2:40 am

    The only problem I had with the trilogy? Daniel’s final move in KKIII I thought that was super dumb. But overall, it’s 80’s as ever, a good story, and I love the father/son/SAN relationship between Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio. I love these movies a lot.

  • November 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I love this website!! One of the very few outside Youtube I that I visit very often. Great review!

  • July 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I Love this!!! Love everything the Nerd puts out. : )

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