The Karate Kid III

The Karate Kid III

John G Avildsen (1989)

PG Certificate


Our Score
At least the first film was a reasonable mix of sentiment, fisticuffs and pace, all of which was reduced in a dire sequel. Here, in a feeble third outing, the "Kid" (fortunately, 27-year-old Ralph Macchio doesn't look old enough to shave) has to defend his title and tackle the bad guys, initially without the help of his mentor Mr Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita). The script takes leave of reality at an early stage, and it all becomes increasingly daft and humourless with each scene.


The teenage martial arts expert becomes obsessed with defending his championship title, but wise mentor Mr Miyagi is not prepared to help him fight for such a shallow goal. Seeking someone else to help guide his career, he falls under the influence of a crooked trainer - who is secretly plotting his downfall with the help of an old adversary. Adventure sequel, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita.

Cast & Crew

Daniel La Russo Ralph Macchio
Mr Miyagi Pat Morita
John Kreese Martin Kove
Jessica Andrews Robyn Lively
Terry Silver Thomas Ian Griffith
Mike Barnes Sean Kanan
Snake Jonathan Avildsen
Himself Glenn Medeiros
Dennis Christopher Paul Ford
Director John G Avildsen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: video and DVD