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Watch Jackie Chan Train Jaden Smith In ‘The Karate Kid’ Trailer … Or Don’t
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The Karate Kid

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.

Trailer

13 Comments »

  1. WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE PUT OUT ANOTHER JAWS FLICK ALL FRAGGING READY!

    Comment by korollocke — December 22, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

  2. Looks pretty ho-hum to me but Chan is always good.

    Comment by Joseph — December 22, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

  3. why the token name “karate”? the movie is filmed in china, where the martial arts are known as WUSHU (or KUNG FU in the west). but not karate ;) I guess it’s all about the reference to the original, but still… it doesn’t need to be called the same, it is enough that it is already copying all the plot’s main elements. Anyway, glad to see some wushu moves making it into the silver screen.

    Comment by masteringwushu.com — December 23, 2009 @ 12:51 am

  4. That actually doesn’t look terrible… but seeing the director and what he did before… yeah no thanks.

    Comment by Slipstream — December 23, 2009 @ 2:13 am

  5. As much as I love Jackie, just him alone is not enough for me to go see this movie.

    Comment by Captain Funbags — December 23, 2009 @ 3:05 am

  6. mediocre at best.

    Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — December 23, 2009 @ 6:36 am

  7. TYPO ALERT! Daniel SAN not Daniel SON

    Comment by jon — December 23, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

  8. @jon
    Thank you typo alert patrol, it’s now fixed :-)

    Comment by Empress Eve — December 23, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

  9. This looks like a mixture of Karate Kid 1 & 2. I’m thinking this doesn’t look so bad and I initially scoffed at this being remade. Jaden Smith looks like he does a good job in the role and Jackie Chan is awesome to being with.

    Comment by Empress Eve — December 23, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

  10. Some how the race change does not suprise me at all. Not that it’s a bad thing though. I think Jackie Chan is above this cheesy rubbish, and really needs to re-think his future.

    I mean seriously, did anyone actually like the originals in the first place? why re-make a crap set of movies into… a crap movie?

    Come on jackie…. perhaps a new police story?

    Comment by Justin Smith — December 23, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

  11. Chan is wrong for this role. Pat Morita worked so well because he was shrouded in mystery and impossible to read. I’d rather go see Marmaduke.

    Comment by Devon — December 23, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

  12. ……..oh and THE KARATE KID NEVER NEEDED REMAKING.

    Comment by Devon — December 23, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

  13. I Thiink He Did Tooo Good in Dis Movie ( Jaden ) Ane Jackie Chan Did Good HiiM Self Too So StoP LEaviing You RuDe Remarks BEcause HE isnt Payiing ANy Attention To You ANd Cut hiim Sum Slack He is 12 We Still Kiids i Bet u lIke 21 And juDgiing Diis Boy HAha KnowiinG That hE twiivce As rIch tHAn u! So Just SHUT UP and Let Jaden Smiith BE! Luv You Jay Poo-Joy Ellis joyellis[email protected]

    Comment by Joy Ellis — July 29, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

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