This was solid and much better than it had any right to be after the surprise hit the original had been just two years earlier. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita are great reprising their roles of the protagonist and mentor, respectively, and if I have any qualms, it's simply the way-too-predictable, cliché-ridden road the script traveled. Director John G. Avildsen has made this underdog-movie his stock and trade, and is perfectly suited for it.
The film's sole Oscar-nomination was Peter Cetera (ex-lead singer of Chicago) and fellow-Canadian David Foster's 'Glory of Love', which lost to Berlin's 'Take My Breath Away' from 'Top Gun' for Best Song. A decent film to watch at least once for fans of sports films, and is great for family viewing.