For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “The Karate Kid.”
“The Karate Kid” was a 1984 American martial arts drama film written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by John G. Avildsen. It starred Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, and William Zabka. The movie was also a commercial success, grossing over $130 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 1984 and Hollywood’s biggest sleeper hit of the year. It also revitalized the acting career of Morita, earning him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.
“The Karate Kid” is an ’80s classic, an inspirational film that’s fun and enjoyable. It delivers an entertaining story about the bonds of friendship, and there’s a sincerity and earnestness to both the story and the characters that really comes through.
Sadly, the same can’t be said for three sequels it spawned: “The Karate Kid Part II” (1986), “The Karate Kid Part III” (1989), and “The Next Karate Kid” (1994). I haven’t watched “Cobra Kai,” the Netflix series, yet another Karate Kid sequel, that debuted in 2018, so I can’t comment on that. But if any of you have watched it, feel free to share your thoughts.