The Karate Kid

  • 12
  • John G Avildsen (1984)
  • US
  • 121 min
The Karate Kid
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This junior version of Rocky - both were directed by John G Avildsen - became a massive worldwide success, spawning a series of sequels and probably ruining Ralph Macchio's career in the process. The actor has struggled ever since to shake off the image of the kid, the bullied youngster who is taught the secrets of karate by wise old Pat Morita and turns the tables on his tormentors. It's a shame, because here Macchio rises above the trite script to deliver a sympathetic and believable performance. Morita is equally good value and look out, too, for Elisabeth Shue in an early role. This is certainly the best in the series.

Plot Summary

Martial arts adventure starring Ralph Macchio. When Daniel LaRusso moves from New Jersey to California, he becomes a target for a bullying gang of teenagers. Knowing he must learn how to defend himself, he strikes up a friendship with a wise old Japanese man, who teaches him the secrets of karate. However, his bitterest enemy is also taking martial arts lessons and the scene is set for an explosive confrontation.

Cast and crew

Cast

Daniel LaRusso
Ralph Macchio
Miyagi
Pat Morita
Ali
Elisabeth Shue
Kreese
Martin Kove
Lucille LaRusso
Randee Heller
Johnny
William Zabka
Bobby
Ron Thomas
Tommy
Rob Garrison
Dutch
Chad McQueen
Jimmy
Tony O'Dell
Freddy
Israel Juarbe
Mr Mills
William H Bassett

Crew

Director
John G Avildsen

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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