The Karate Kid
Martin Kove, Randee Heller, Chad McQueen, Ron Thomas, Rob Garrison, Tony O'Dell, Pat E. Johnson, Israel Juarbe, William Bassett, Larry B. Scott, Juli Fields, Dana Andersen, Frank Burt Avalon, Jeff Fishman, Ken Daly, Tom Fridley Update Cast
Look for Andrew Shue making a cameo appearance!
Unless you've been on a desert island, you'll already know that a spin-off series called "Cobra Kai" with the original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio and his highschool nemesis Billy Zabka launched on YouTube Red in 2018, was an immediate runaway success and caused quite a stir. The second season debuted in 2019. After production of season three was completed, and YouTube decided to cancel the series, Netflix picked it up in June 2020. The third season released on Netflix on January 1, 2021 and a fourth season was announced. As of January 2021, Cobra Kai has been watched by 73 million Netflix member households between the three seasons.
The first two episodes can be watched for free and there's a trailer that you can check out here
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Karate Kid is one of the greatest unexpected movie hits of the 80's. On paper, the idea looks cliched and weak, but this is a case of the actors and filmmakers making movie magic against all the odds.
Former 'Rocky' director John G. Avildsen directed the Karate Kid on a tiny budget from an inspired story and script written by Robert Mark Kamen, who had previously made his debut with the military academy drama, Taps. The story, as I'm sure everyone knows, is of bullied teenager Daniel, played by Ralph Macchio overcoming his tormentors and becoming a man under the guidance of the wise, compassionate Okinawan Karate master Mr Miyagi, played to perfection by former stand-up comic Pat Morita. The main reasons that the movie is better than you'd expect is the brilliant script and superb acting by all concerned. This is one of the movies where you just could not imagine any other actors playing the lead roles.
The relationship between the boy and his Okinawan handyman teacher is truly one of the most engaging teacher-student relationships ever comitted to film. Even Daniel's relationship with his mom is one of the most realistic portrayals seen in a mainstream movie.
The 'rich-kid' bad boy set is convincingly lead by "Johnny" played by William "Billy" Zabka and includes Chad McQueen, son of acting hero Steve McQueen. Daniel's sweet romantic interest is played by former Burger King commercial star Elizabeth Shue.
*Tons more info on every aspect of this classic movie is available at our own award winning Karate Kid Site on the links page.
Truly a suprise, but a worthy, cult 80's movie.
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