[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Karate Kid, Part II
This time, the combat is real.
Mr. Miyagi and Daniel take a trip to Okinawa to visit Mr. Miyagi's dying father. After arriving Mr. Miyagi finds he still has feelings for an old love. This stirs up trouble with an old rival who he originally left Okinawa to avoid. In the mean time, Daniel encounters a new love and also makes some enemies.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Man, the motion filter on my sweet 65" TV made this film look sooooooooooo smooth. I pulled this standard def DVD off my sun-kissed shelves and sat down for a no slow film-rate bullshit, smooth ride through a favorite flick. Life is good when you're livin' free!
I probably haven't seen this movie in 20 years. Bur when I watched one scene from this (surprisingly not terrible) sequel in particular -- a tea ceremony between Daniel and Kumiko -- I was hit with this rush of memories, as if I'd just watched it 2 months ago.
Movies are cool.
It may not be up to it's dynamic predecessor but I still enjoy watching this when I just want to turn off my brain for a little 80's flashback.
It's like a knight in shining armor
From a long time ago. Kumiko what a cutie pie!
they crop up from time to time, but this doesn't do anything with threads about western values disrupting Japanese traditions post-war, or Daniel's surrogate father relationship with Miyagi (whose story the film should be instead of a bland teenage romance), or his continued martial arts training. the major conflict between the Japanese characters is resolved first with a deus ex machina hurricane, then with an argument in English followed by a fight with an American kid. pretty junky sequel.
I know a lot of people who look at this review and see the number of stars will scoff at the rating but please, stop and think first. I just rewatched this for the first time in probably fifteen years. I grew up as a child of the eighties and the Karate Kid was one of my first cinema heroes. I didn't realise how I would feel about it when i revisited it as an adult...but here I sit, quietly impressed. It reminded me of the Temple of Doom in terms of prowess of a sequel.
Yes, the basic key events are there from the first one but this does so much more. This is a character study about friendship,…
This unnecessary sequel to the surprise 1984 hit picks up exactly where the previous film left off, and though it's not a great movie, it could have been much worse.
In this one, Danny and Mr. Miyagi travel to Japan, where Danny finds himself in yet another karate showdown, and finds time to fall in love with a Japanese girl who's way hotter than Elisabeth Shue.
Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita return to their roles, and have just as much chemistry together as they did before, even if the novelty has worn off a bit.
Like many films from the 1980s, this one is most famous for its theme song, "Glory of Love".
Not as good as the original (it never is), but I was always a huge mark for Chozen-san. Fun to rewatch.
Miyagi!!! Miyagi, come out!!
the worst sequel.....
Tá pondo a mao no casaco
The Karate Kid, Part II offers a surprising amount of character development and story when it's not being a derivative retread of plot points from its predecessor.
Shallow in how quickly it dispenses with Daniel’s mother and girlfriend from the first movie, and especially in its roster of Japanese characters who speak nary a word of their native language in the film.
My favorite installment of the franchise because it takes both characters not only to a brand new location, but gives them both more depth. We learn more about Mr Miyagi's past, and the codes of honor in which he lived his life.
This time, the story has more stakes to it then the first one, and Daniel learns how to fight in a real situation with the threat of death. This sequel has lots of heart and emotion, as well as some memorable fun moments as well. I love all three Karate Kid films, but this is the one I have watched the most growing up. It is the only film of the three that does not have a tournament ending, which I appreciate.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!