12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life. Written by
Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) and Mr. Li (Rongguang Yu) stare off with each other more than once, but never get into a physical entanglement. The two actors fought each other, in the film "Shanghai Noon." See more »
During the last fight, Dre holds his right leg after injuring his left, then switches back to his left in the next shot. See more »
Saw the 2010 The Karate Kid last night. It was pretty decent, but I gotta say it is NOT as good as the original. Pat Morita owned that role of trainer/mentor/friend. I admire Jackie Chan for his skill as a martial artist, and he can be funny sometimes, but if you compare between the two, it's hands-down Mr. Miyagi. :)
There was nothing wrong with this version, and the relationship between Dre and Mr. Han was good. There was just something really meaningful about Daniel and Mr.Miyagi's bond. Maybe it could be that Jaden Smith is a lot younger than Ralph Macchio was in the main role and has a little less experience or maturity, I'm not sure.
Or it could possibly be that the original was for my generation and this latest one is for the next generation, which was the purpose for the remake in the first place.
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