Movie Plot – The Karate Kid: A Japense man agreees to teache Karate to a bullied teenager.
Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Robert Mark Kamen
Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka
The Classic Film: The Karate Kid
You don’t have to be a child of the 80’s to enjoy this film as I’m from tge 9à’s. It is a film that scores high on the nostalgia list. The fact that the teen classic had such an impact on many teenagers growing up in the eighties is not so strange: the heartwarming story about a special friendship proves that later they can still go along with it. Also, it makes you want to learn karate. I won’t be amazed if many kids asked their parents to join a karate club.
The young fatherless Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves with his mother from New Jersey to L.A. As if such a change isn’t enough to shake up his adolescent life, in no time he’ll also have to deal with the harassment of a bunch of trained karate practitioners.
Daniel meets the beautiful Ali (Elisabeth Shue), but she turns out to be the ex-girlfriend of Johnny (William Zabka), the leader of the dangerous bunch of quarrels. It’s not hard to guess what the result will be. But fortunately Daniel also meets Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), the janitor in the building where Daniel lives with his mother. Mr. Miyagi has a totally different attitude towards life than part-time karate teacher/fulltime sadist John Kreese (Martin Kove). Kreese promises that his students will leave Daniel alone, but then Daniel has to participate in a karate tournament. What Kreese (and Daniel) don’t know at that moment is that Mr. Miyagi is a star in karate. The old man takes Daniel under his wing and promises to get him ready for the dreaded competition. His method is very “different” and Daniel complains that he is not much more than a free worker for Mr. Miyagi. But of course the Japanese master has an intention with this…
An all-time classic 80s film
The Karate Kid’ has almost everything you are looking for as a movie lover: tension, humor, romance, a unique friendship between characters for whom you can feel nothing but affection, a great couple of actors, the excellent score of Bill Conti, a nice soundtrack and beautiful images.
What I truly love is the devotion to the training to become better. I love the idea of incorporating daily tasks as a training. It shows creativity in the simple things, and also that repetition is an important matter to martual arts. Me, personally I’m a dancer and to become better, you need patience as a lot of it is repetition and mindset. Mr. Miyagi makes this very clear as he states that karate is a way of living.
The 80s vibe is also felt throughout the film. I find that really blissful and nostalgic. That truly makes me happy. This a time where there are no cell phones, but where everyone meets up to have a good time.
Still, I have to admit that I find the tournament a bit disappointing. The fights are not what I expected and very technical with points. Of course, this was probably the course of events at karate tournaments. However, it is nice to see Daniel win several battles. Just don’t expect an epic fight like in Rocky.
The Karate Kid is a blissful teen movie of the 80s. The highlight is that with all these years, it’s still very entertaining!