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The Karate Kid

  • Family
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Harald Zwart
  • 134 mins
  • PG

Summary

Martial arts adventure, a remake of the popular 1984 film, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Moving from his home town of Detroit to China is quite a culture shock for young Dre Parker, a situation made worse when he falls foul of the class bully. But under the guidance of maintenance man Mr Han, Dre learns to defend himself.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A spoilt American kid is transplanted to China in this fun remake of the 1984 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.

Credits

Cast

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Mr HanJackie Chan
Dre ParkerJaden Smith
Sherry ParkerTaraji P Henson
MeiyingWenwen Han
Master LiYu Rong Guang
Meiying's dadZhensu Wu
Meiying's momZhiheng Wang
ChengZhenwei Wang
Dre's Detroit friendJared Minns
LiangShijia Lu

Crew

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DirectorHarald Zwart

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2010-07-23
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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