The Karate Kid [1984]

The Karate Kid 80sDirector: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Robert Mark Kamen 
Producers: Jerry Weintraub
Starring: Ralph Macchio/Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita/Elisabeth Shue
Year: 1984
Country: US
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 126 minutes

The Karate Kid is one of the most memorable movies of the eighties and even in recent times it’s popular, what with it being remade and people getting interested in where it all started. If you’ve seen the recent version of The Karate Kid and you haven’t seen the original, I advise you to see it. So, just like the 2010 version of the movie, The Karate Kid is about Daniel and his mom moving to Newark because of a job opportunity. Once there, he  becomes a victim to a group of bullies who are students of karate. After Mr. Miyagi, an Okinawan handyman, fights the bullies and saves Daniel from any more harm, Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel the ways of karate so he’s prepared for the karate tournament, which the bullies have also entered. The Karate Kid stands out mostly because of its charm and the great friendship chemistry between actors Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita as it’s almost like watching best friends or even like a father teaching his son. It’s very predictable all the way through and you could guess what happens in the first minute or two but it was such a joy to watch the two brilliant actors as their performances as their characters, Daniel and Miyagi, were great. The best thing about the movie and what I thought made the movie was the characters. Mr. Miyagi and Daniel were both brilliant characters and it was enchanting to watch a friendship form together on screen.

Ralph Maccio was fantastic and almost faultless as teenager Daniel and Noriyuki Morita is utterly fantastic as Mr. Miyagi and they both make a good duo as teacher and student. The rest of the cast in the movie were truly magnificent and it was really such an enjoyable experience to watch the underdog rise to the challenge with the help and support of his family and friends. The Karate Kid has great writing, good direction and with the help of some great dialogue and fantastic fight choreography, you have one of the most iconic movies of the eighties and one of the greatest underdog stories ever told.

The best thing about The Karate Kid is that you can relate to the story and the characters and there’s more to the characters than meets the eye. You can tell The Karate Kid has had a lot of thought put into it and it shows through its story, its characters and its charm and personality. It’s a movie that can be watched over and over again and will remain timeless. After twenty-six years of its release, The Karate Kid is my new favourite movie and is something that could be passed on in the future because as well as a great story, you also have some important lessons about life in the movie that everyone could learn. The only problem I can think of about The Karate Kid is the ending as it just didn’t feel like a proper ending and it felt like it was cut too short but other than that, it’s a very enjoyable movie. If you liked the re-imagined 2010 version of The Karate Kid, then you will love this. I would recommend this to people who love a good underdog story and it’s great for the whole family to watch too.



3 responses to “The Karate Kid [1984]

  1. john August 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I will bookmark your website.

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