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.
Pat Morita, who starred in the “Karate Kid” movies and in such TV shows as “Happy Days,” died Thursday of natural causes in Las Vegas. He was 73.
He rose to fame as diner owner Arnold on “Happy Days” during the 1975-76 season. But he’s probably best remembered as the wise Karate teacher Mr. Miyagi in four “Karate Kid” movies, dispensing such immortal advice as “wax on, wax off.” He earned an Oscar nomination for the first “Karate Kid” movie in 1984.