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The Karate Kid (Special Edition)

The Karate Kid (Special Edition)

date : December 12th, 2011

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  • ISBN13: 9781404973800
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A fatherless teenager faces һіѕ moment οf truth іח Tһе Karate Kid. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) arrives іח Los Angeles frοm tһе east coast аחԁ faces tһе hard task οf mаkіחɡ חеw friends. Though, һе becomes tһе object οf bullying bу tһе Cobras, a menacing gang οf karate students, wһеח һе strikes up a relationship wіtһ Ali (Elisabeth Shue), tһе Cobra chief’s ex-girlfriend. Kееח tο fight back аחԁ impress һіѕ חеw girlfriend bυt frightened tο confront tһе реrіƖουѕ gang, Daniel qυеѕtіοחѕ һіѕ handyman Miyagi (Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita), wһοm һе learns іѕ a master οf tһе martial arts, tο teach һіm karate. Miyagi teaches Daniel tһаt karate іѕ a mastery over tһе self, mind, аחԁ body аחԁ tһаt fighting іѕ always tһе last аחѕwеr tο a problem. Under Miyagi’s guidance, Daniel develops חοt οחƖу physical skills bυt аƖѕο tһе faith аחԁ self-confidence tο compete despite tremendous odds аѕ һе encounters tһе fight οf һіѕ life іח tһе exciting finale tο tһіѕ entertaining film.John G. Avildsen n

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  1. J. Elmquist "Moviephile" // December 12th, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    68 of 71 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Stand up and Cheer, December 31, 2001
    J. Elmquist “Moviephile” (Somewhere else…) –

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    This review is from: The Karate Kid (DVD)

    Karate Kid is not what you may reckon it is. The premise of a young fatherless boy trying to survive a completely new environment is how this movie gets its humanity. For anyone who has ever had to go to a new town, be raised by only one parent, or face overwhelming odds, and nearly everyone has done at least one of these, this movie can be related to on many levels. Ralph Macchio plays Daniel, a teenager from New Jersey who is forced to go across the country with his mother and start a new life in a foreign place, California. Setting aside the differences between East & West coast lonely, there is plenty for him to realize. When faced with bullies that he doesn’t know, he finds a friend in an unlikely place; Mr. Miagi, a Japanese handyman, played by Pat Morita, who’s hides many talents. To say Karate Kid is a tale in this area over coming your dread is to say that life is just a thing we do everyday. This movie mixes a friendship, a romance, a coming of age tale, quick self confidence and learning to appreciate that which you may not know straight away. After getting sufficiently beat up by the bullies more than once, Daniel enlists the help of Miagi and soon finds himself training for a tournament. This may seem outrageous, but Miagi knows it is a much safer place and a more controlled environment for Daniel to defend himself and gain respect. Miagi’s training techniques are unique to say the least, and just as Daniel starts to inquiry what is going on, he realizes that Migai really does know what he is doing. The tale is excellent and solid and allows sympathy for both sides of the characters. They fill a void for each other, an obvious father/son, mentor/student relationship. The chemistry between them is very solid. Elizabeth Shue is excellent in her first foremost role, playing the sweet rich girl who sees Daniel for the self he is and not for his shared status. Although sounding clichéd on the surface, this movie is well done and not superficial. The characters are very real, the emotions are deep and the dread of growing up with bullies hits home for many of us. The ending will have you cheering as Daniel moves his way owing to the tournament to the final climatic ending. Highly not compulsory and highly entertaining.

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  2. Ace Pecenpetelovski // December 12th, 2011 at 4:18 pm
    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The 80′s are back!, May 11, 2004
    Ace Pecenpetelovski (Sydney, Australia) –
    This review is from: Karate Kid [VHS] (VHS Tape)

    “Wax on, wax off” is a catchphrase that will forever be instilled in the human psyche, thanks to the eighties release, The Karate Kid.

    Now, as you cringe at the images racing owing to your head of disco balls, pastels, hair spray and corny one-liners and you choose to bury yourself in a deep hole and hide, dust off the cob webs because no matter how many times you’ve see it, this is one eighties flick you can’t help but like.

    Now available on DVD as an Ultimate Collectors Pack, we can relive this inspirational tale of courage and friendship.

    Even as teens of today may call this a retro disaster, and use the video cover as a coaster during a drinking fest at one of their underage parties, there’s no denying the saying, “an oldie but a goodie” at full volume rings right.

    Moving to a new home and starting over is never simple. Just question Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio). Leaving Newark for LA, Daniel’s the new kid and he thinks the whole world is coming down on him.

    It’s all doom and gloom until like any other 16 year ancient teenager with rushing hormones, meets a gorgeous blonde, Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue).

    Though, Ali brings baggage to the picture, a wild ex boyfriend Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) who also happens to be the chief of the Cobras, a ruthless youth karate gang.

    Subject to constant bullying by the cobras, Daniel turns to an unlikely source for help, Japanese war veteran turned apartment block handyman Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita).

    Mr. Miyagi, who has been taught karate by his father becomes the helpless teens mentor and teaches him the craft, not as an offensive tool, rather only as a means of self-defence.

    After months of unconventional training such as washing cars, sanding decks and painting fences and houses, Daniel’s prepped for his toughest battle, a fight against Johnny in the thrilling conclusion. Will excellent prevail over evil?

    It’s the finale that’s most exciting. My finger is always drawn to the rewind button, where I can’t help but recap those final gripping moments again and again.

    The youth of today’s movie going generation will have a field day laughing at the funky eighties pop music, the tightly worn jeans, and (I must admit) the outrageous hair styles. Despite this, 20 years later, a lot can still be learnt as its messages transcend across the boarder of time.

    An everlasting masterpiece the whole family will delight in, John G. Avildsen’s The Karate Kid, the original of the trilogy, is undoubtedly the standout.

    Though a small worn-out and slightly predictable at times, it’s the relationship between Macchio’s and Morita’s finely tuned characters that still make this a deepest film, two decades after its cinema release.

    It’s a shame Ralph Macchio can’t brush off that teen type cast. Struggling to get adult roles because of his boy like features is unfortunate as his acting ability is second to none.

    It sadly seems he’ll forever be remembered as ‘The Karate Kid’. A splendid performance is to some extent to his detriment. Still, only one word can describe this movie, unforgettable…that’s for sure!

    Dim the lights, heat up the popcorn and delight in this timeless classic.

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  3. Sam D Barrett // December 12th, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I am SOOOO mortified PAN AND SCAN! %$, April 26, 2000
    Sam D Barrett (Australia) –
    This review is from: The Karate Kid (DVD)

    People dismiss this film because of it’s simplicity. Well I’ll tell you right now, it isn’t a movie in this area Karate. Daniel overcomes an intractable goal, the type of goal you achieve once in your entire life (this is why I disregard the sequels, apologies for fans). The Karate Kid is a truly gorgeous piece of Cinema. If you believe the Karate Kid is a terrible film then hire out the Avengers, then MK:Annihilation.

    What I will say is that I am DISGUSTED at the fact that this film is open in Pan and Scan. I paid full price for a movie I am considering half of. I wanted Widescreen. Did I get it? In a word, No. So now I have a VHS and DVD which are both Pan and Scan. Will I ever see this film in it’s original format? This is a inquiry I place to you, Columbia. Regards Mas

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