The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 60):
21. “The Karate Kid” (1984)
A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.
Ralph Macchio—Daniel Larusso
Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita—Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
Elisabeth Shue—Ali Mills
Martine Kove—John Kreese
Randee Heller—Lucille Larusso
William Zabba—Johnny Lawrence
John G. Avildsen
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $5,031,753 (391 Screens)
*According to Martin Kove in the DVD Documentary, he had gotten a call from John G. Avildsen stating that they wanted him to audition for Kreese but was then told to wait. Kove wanted the role so much that he turned down other prospects in order to get this part. But when the "waiting" dragged out for a few weeks, Kove became annoyed as he kept turning down parts. Finally when Avildsen called Kove in to audition, Kove was so annoyed at Avildsen that he berated the director and channeled his anger into an intense audition. Ultimately, that intensity got him the role.
*The referee in the final match is Pat E. Johnson, a karate expert and former student of Chuck Norris. He instructed many movie stars in karate. He is credited as the "fight instructor/choreographer" for the film.
*Mr. Miyagi is named for Chogun Miyagi, who became the forerunner of karate-jutsu in Okinawa, Japan. 'Sensei Miyagi' as he was called, created his own style of karate-jutsu, which he dubbed 'Goju Ryu', which means 'hard and soft style'.
*Martin Kove, who played the John Kreese character, was rumored to have replaced Chuck Norris, who allegedly turned down the role of Kreese because he didn't want karate trainers to be shown in an unsympathetic light. Norris has since said he was never offered the role but that if he had been, he would've declined for similar reasons.
*The Karate Kid was the name of a character in DC Comic's "Legion Of Superheroes" who was a member of the Legion. DC Comics, which owned the name, gave special permission for the title to be used. There's a thank you to DC Comics for allowing the use of the name at the end of the credits.
*Elisabeth Shue interrupted her studies at Harvard to be in this movie.
*Pat Morita was initially turned-down for the role of Mr. Miyagi because there was a "no comedian" policy when looking for an actor. He was later given the role because he was best for it after reading.
*The last spin kick that Daniel is hit with before he is saved by Mr. Miyagi actually hit Ralph Macchio and hurt him.
*William Zabka (Johnny) had no martial arts experience prior to being cast in the film. However, he was an accomplished wrestler.
*Kyle Eastwood auditioned for the role of Daniel LaRusso.
*The long, continuous shot from the moment Daniel exits the locker room at the tournament until the panoramic view of the entire gymnasium took over 35 takes to get right, according to Ralph Macchio.
*Director John G. Avildsen had to climb to the top of the water tower in the opening shot to achieve the angle of Daniel and his mother driving away.
*The song Miyagi drunkenly sings during the "celebration" of his anniversary is actually fragments of an authentic Japanese folk song that Pat Morita often heard as a child.
*According to Joe Esposito, "You're the Best" was originally written for Rocky III which explains the lyric "History repeats itself". The song had been rejected in favor of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger". Ironically, Survivor also performed the theme song ("The Moment Of Truth") for The Karate Kid.
*During the scene where Mr. Miyagi is drunk and celebrating an "anniversary," he reveals that he served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army, an Asian American unit composed of mostly Japanese Americans (many of whom had been in internment camps) who fought in Europe during the Second World War and soon became the most highly decorated unit in the history of the American military.
*Mr. Miyagi's medal is the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. It is easily recognizable by its blue ribbon and the inscription containing the word "valor." In real life, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team had 21 Medal of Honor awardees, including Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. Its members also received 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 4000 Bronze Stars, and 9486 Purple Hearts.
*Charlie Sheen turned down the role of Daniel LaRusso.
*Former screenwriter Dennis Palumbo has said that he was offered the screen writing job for the film but reacted to the offer by saying he'd be "willing to do it if he (the title character, Daniel Larusso) lost the fight in the end." Palumbo explained his reasoning: "You can't have Mr. Miyagi tell him, 'It doesn't matter if you win or lose,' for 90 minutes and then have to have him win." Palumbo went on to say, "But that's because I was being a moron... Now, they made four sequels to that movie, so obviously I was wrong." (Palumbo's remarks appear in Tales from the Script.)
Why I Picked this movie #21:
1. Movie is timeless.
2. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
3. Awesome acting.
4. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
5. Awesome Script.
6. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
7. Awesome chemistry with Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita.
8. Also Awesome chemistry with Martine Kove and William Zabba.
9. A lot of great life lesson in this movie, with hitting you over head with it.
10. Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita steal movie. He was just simple right for the role. He was also able to keep thing light during the movie (on screen). He had everything that made role so awesome and this also the reason he got a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
11. Awesome casting.
12. Great fright scenes.
13. It will make you feel good and may give you the chills.
13. Mr. Miyagi is one of top three best characters from 1980’s.
14. Let not forget the young and gorgeous Elisabeth Shue.
15. It is in my top thirty of all time.
16. Great drama.
17. One big heart.
18. One of the great movies of the 1980’s and all time.
First time seeing it:
At my home town movie theater with my mother.