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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Ralph Macchio
Pat Morita
Elizabeth Shue
Martin Kove.
Directors
John G Avildsen.
Screenwriters
Robert Mark Kamen.
Running Time
minutes

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The Karate Kid
The first instalment of John G. Avildsen's martial arts franchise.


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Plot
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).


Review
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.


Extras

Karate Kid: Special Edition, The 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.


Verdict
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


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