It’s the week of Christmas and as was assumed, the movie news is slow as slow can be. But there has been no slowing down for movie trailers and clips, and today brings the first trailer for the feared and unnecessary remake of the 1984 Ralph Macchio nostalgia-fest, The Karate Kid.
The remake stars Jaden Smith (The Day After Tomorrow), son of Will Smith, in the Daniel-san role, and Jackie Chan in the Mr. Miyagi role made famous by the late, great Pat Morita. While the premise is indeed the same, in this movie, the characters will not be; Smith is playing Dre Parker and Chan is called Mr. Han. Smith’s character and his mother (Taraji P. Henson) move to the faraway lands of China where he obviously doesn’t fit in at all. After an interaction with a young lady sees him getting a beating from a martial arts inclined boy, Chan takes him under his wing to teach him how to defend himself, citing “the only way to stop them, is to face them.”
Continue on to watch the trailer for The Karate Kid.
Most people — myself very much included — don’t really want anything to do with this movie. For we the kids of the 80s, it’s one of the many pointless additions to the complete and unbearable remake of our entire childhood, and that’s not something that makes sense to us. However, I will professionally admit that as far as remakes go, the movie really doesn’t look as horrid and pathetic as other remakes we have seen in the past. I’m not sure if this means I will watch it, but still, this current younger generation is sure to enjoy the hell out of it. In fact, the little catching flies with chopsticks gag at the end of the trailer actually got a giggle out of me. Bastards.
The Karate Kid is directed by Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks, The Pink Panther 2) and will be released on June 11, 2010.