The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

Harald Zwart (2010)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A spoilt American kid is transplanted to China in this fun remake of the 1984 children's favourite. Dre (Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett) moves from Detroit to Beijing with his widowed mother (Taraji P Henson of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), only to find himself up against the school bullies in a martial arts tournament. Jackie Chan keeps his usual ebullience under wraps as Mr Han, the quiet janitor who becomes Dre's reluctant trainer. The action sequences, as expected with Chan, are amazing. These, along with a snappy pace, stunning locations and credible performances, counterbalance the film's overlong running time. Thanks to a tight script, even fans of the original franchise will find the ending stirring and surprising. Sticklers will, however, love pointing out that what Mr Han teaches Dre is not karate, but kung fu.


An American youngster goes to live in China with his mother, where he becomes an outsider and falls foul of the local bullies. He receives help from the kindly school caretaker, who turns out to be a kung fu master and offers to train the boy to defend himself. Martial arts drama, with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

Cast & Crew

Mr Han Jackie Chan
Dre Parker Jaden Smith
Sherry Parker Taraji P Henson
Meiying Wenwen Han
Master Li Yu Rong Guang
Meiying's dad Zhensu Wu
Meiying's mom Zhiheng Wang
Cheng Zhenwei Wang
Dre's Detroit friend Jared Minns
Liang Shijia Lu
Director Harald Zwart
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Jul 2010
Drama Children's