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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Jackie Chan
Jaden Smith
Taraji P. Henson
Rongguang Yu
Zhenwei Wang
Directors
Harald Zwart
Screenwriters
Michael Soccio
Running Time
140 minutes

The Karate Kid
No karate — everybody is kung fu fighting...!


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The Karate Kid

Plot
Dre (Smith) is less than thrilled when his widowed mother (Henson) moves the family to China to start a new job. A stranger in a strange land, Dre quickly falls foul of local kung fu-fighting bullies while trying to impress a girl. Can low-key apartment caretaker Mr. Han (Chan) help him?


Verdict
Smith might be the focus, but while he’s got the charisma and the moves, it’s Chan who makes it punch above its weight. Nice scenery too.


Reviewed by James White

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