Daniel (Macchio) goes on a journey from weedy newcomer to kick-ass martial arts champion with the physical and philosophical help of Mr Miyagi (Mortia) and his all-American girlfriend Ali (Shue).
The first instalment of John G. Avildsen's martial arts franchise is starting to look ever so slightly dated, with its 80s fashions and AOR soundtrack.That said, Ralph Macchio's transformation from high school geek to butt-kicking tough guy, thanks to a little help from Chinese sage Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita) and his homespun Oriental wisdom, is entertaining enough. And while this may be as soppy and predictable as they come, it still reminds you why you used to enjoy '80s teen flicks so much in the first place.
Karate Kid: Special Edition, The
Released: 31 October 2005
Director John G. Avildsen and stars Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita provide a chummy, chatty commentary for this still-appealing tale of DIY martial-arts triumph, plus we get a few brief featurettes — one standard ‘making of’, one on the karate training and choreography (with some good behind-the-scenes footage), and one on composer Bill Conti.
While this may be as soppy and predictable as they come, it still reminds you why you used to enjoy '80s teen flicks so much in the first place.
Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook