Kid II Trivia Updated:
1st April 2001Interesting
facts and behind-the-scenes info about The
Karate Kid Part II...
A very big "thank you" to site reader and contributor
Chris Lozano for nearly all the following great trivia.
Chris is a big KK fan and is incredibly knowlegable about the movies. His favorite
of the films is KK II and he also has joined the site as the Official LA Locations
scout. You can read more of Chris's excellent work on the KK
1 Locations and KK 2 Locations pages.
LATEST In the scene where Kumiko throws the
tomato at Chozen (after he knees Daniel in the stomach), there is just a small
mark on his back (about the size of the tomato). But when Chozen takes his shirt
off to throw at Kumiko, the mark is huge. [Neil
D uring the cannery scene, as Miyagi demonstrates the "Drum Technique", there
is a shot that is out of sequence. If paying close attention, one will notice
that the cork Miyagi uses for Daniel's safety is ALREADY ON what should be the
bare net hook as he is pulling it back up into position. Then, in one of the following
shots, Miyagi is actually shown placing the cork on the hook. [Chris
At the very beginning of the scene where
Yukie and Miyagi are on their evening walk, she is heard asking him if he remembers
their song. The tune Miyagi sings to her is the same one he lazily sings to himself
at the very start of the 'drunken anniversary' scene from the original Karate
Kid. Both times, Miyagi is heard singing off camera.
"I'm almost positive that the drunk man Sato takes the jug from during the
Obon dance is one of the other Monks seen in the Next Karate Kid... but I can
not cross reference the credits to verify because he is not listed."
Another actor, in addition to Pat Morita, appeared in scenes with Ralph Macchio
in "The Karate Kid Part II" ... AND with Hilary Swank in "The Next Karate Kid".
Actor Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad played the part of "Ichiro" opposite Macchio's
"Daniel" in 1986. Eight years later, in 1994, Trinidad played the "Abbot Monk"
opposite Swank's "Julie" in the fourth installment of the series. [Chris
"The Karate Kid Part II" is one of those rare sequels that actually performed
BETTER at the box office than the original that spawned it. The original "Karate
Kid" earned $90,800,000 to become the 5th top grossing movie for 1984 in the USA.
Two years later, "Part II" brought in $115,103,979 to move up one notch and become
the 4th top grossing movie for 1986 in the USA. (Data Source: The Internet Movie
If you own the U.S. laserdisc version of "The Karate Kid Part II", you might mistakenly
see a warning about allowing children under 13 years of age to view it. This is
because the inner adhesive label on the laserdisc is MISPRINTED with a "PG-13"
rating (PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED - Some material may be inappropriate for children
under 13). The film is actually rated "PG" or simply "Parental Guidance Suggested"
under the U.S. Motion
Picture Association of America rating system. [Chris
Even though William Zabka appeared only briefly as "Johnny" in "The Karate Kid
Part II", don't feel too sorry for him because he was still competing against
"Daniel"... well, not exactly. "The Karate Kid Part II" was released on Friday,
June 20, 1986 in the U.S. Meanwhile, Zabka was appearing in the Rodney Dangerfield
comedy "Back to School" that had opened the week before on Friday, June 13 ...
and was soon to compete directly against "Part II" seven days later. William was
again playing the part of another "blond bad
boy" set on causing trouble for the son of Dangerfield's character. The comedy
"Back to School" was also a summer success earning $91.258million in the U.S.
(Data Source: The Internet Movie Database [Chris
"The Karate Kid Part II" opened in the U.S. on Friday, June 20, 1986, continuing
the movie series' coincidental ties to a 10 day window between June 20th and the
30th. The original "Karate Kid" had been released on June 22, 1984. Later, "The
Karate Kid Part III" was distributed on June 30, 1989. Even though "The Next Karate
Kid" was released on September 9, 1994, ironically, it began production on June
26, 1993. (Data Source: The Internet Movie Database & "The Next Karate Kid" laserdisc)
"Glory of Love", the theme from "The Karate Kid Part II", was not the first song
originally suggested by singer/songwriter Peter Cetera to be used on the film's
soundtrack. Cetera, not interested in a ballad, originally suggested the lively
song "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To" when the representatives working
on the soundtrack asked him for ... a ballad instead. Only then did he present
them with the unfinished song that would become "Glory of Love". The rest ...
is history. The song became a number one hit in August, 1986 and garnered an Academy
Award nomination for Best Music-Song in 1987. The original suggestion, "They Don't
Make 'Em Like They Used To" did find a place on Cetera's solo release album/CD
"Solitude/Solitaire". (Data Source: The Internet Movie Database & Bronson, F.,
"The Billboard book of #1 hits", p.643, 1988.) [Chris
While Peter Cetera was attempting to finish what would become the theme from "The
Karate Kid Part II", the eventual title of the song came quite by accident. His
former wife, Diane Nini, mistakenly heard the words "Glory of Love" while she
was listening to him sing to the music he was writing. The misheard lyric was
what Cetera needed to complete the theme. Peter, Diane, along with David Foster
are all credited as the writers of "Glory of Love". (Data Source: Bronson, F.,
"The Billboard book of #1 hits", p.643, 1988.) [Chris
Lozano] The actress who played "Yukie", Miyagi's reunited love in Okinawa,
can also be seen with Pat Morita in the episode "Arnold's Wedding" of the 1970's
television comedy "Happy Days". Nobu McCarthy played "Momo", the soon to be wife
of Pat Morita's character "Arnold". The episode aired in 1976, ten years before
the release of Karate Kid Part II in 1986.
Karate Kid II was Ralph Macchio's least favourite of the trilogy. The two young boys who ask for Daniel's autograph outside the tournament
were Brett and Garth Johnson, sons of Pat E. Johnson. Pat did all the choreography
for the fights in all the Karate Kid movies and trained the actors. You can read
more about Pat here.
Work was started on Karate Kid II just 10 days after the release of the first
film as it had become clear even then that it was going to be a huge hit! The part of Sensei Sato was played by Danny Kamekona, whose father
changed his name from Sato to his wife's name of Kamekona to avoid possibly being
held in an internment camp for Japanese (as was Noriyuki Morita who played Mr
The same song that was playing on the radio as Chozen drives Daniel and Miyagi
to see Sato was used in the Encino Oaks Country Club scene in the original Karate