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The Karate Kid II

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"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.



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When "The Karate Kid" hit theaters in 1984, no one anticipated that it would become one of the biggest movies of the year and go on to spawn a sequel that grossed more than the original. But, after heavy promotion, "The Karate Kid part II" hit the big screen in 1986 and it did just that.

Director John G. Avildsen returns for this one, where our heroes Daniel LaRusso and his wise mentor Mister Miyagi are in a whole new setting.

The sequel begins precisely where the original ended, at the All-Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament where Daniel has just claimed his victory. In the parking lot, John Kreese, leader of now-beaten Kobra Kai, is bitter about his dojoís loss and turns his anger on his students.

Miyagi watches with disdain then decides to intercede and a confrontation that has been brewing since the 2nd act of part one is played out.

And thatís what 'kicks off' this exceptional sequel.

Back home and some six months later, Miyagi receives a letter from his home in Okinawa informing him that his father has fallen deathly ill. Daniel repays his mentor's support by travelling with him to Okinawa despite the knowledge that Miyagi may have left some unfinished business behind when he left many years ago...

Daniel's moral support is welcome but he doesnít realize what heís gotten himself into. Before the two friends are there for 24-hours, trouble is brewing between Miyagi and his childhood friend, who still feels that Miyagi dishonored him over their rivalry for a girlfriend.

To Miyagi's suprise, he also rekindles his love with his old sweetheart, who has remained unmarried, while Daniel too finds that he has fallen for someone.

This movie is packed from beginning to end with new enemies, a new setting, and a very interesting plot while Daniel is taught more of the ways of Karate. The friendship between Miyagi and Daniel has clearly matured as the two lean on each other to beat the odds.

Pat Morita reprises his role as the beloved Mr. Miyagi as does Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso. New enemies are convincingly played by veteran actor Danny Kamekona as the old rival Sato and his nephew Chozen, portrayed by Yuji Okumoto.

Fans of the original will surely be pleased by "The Karate Kid II" as the relationship of the two main characters furthers itself in the midst of action, love, loss, and heartache.

Only this time, the combat is real...

Verdict?

Although many may disagree, this is one of those very rare sequels that serves up the goods as much as the original. Top notch!

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: A brand new setting makes for a brand new storyline which makes for a very interesting story. A very fun flick.

Weaknesses? Elisabeth Shue didn't return!

Our rating: 9.4 out of 10


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