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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘The Karate Kid’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

I’m not sure yet whether it’s a good thing that this movie about Asian martial arts is actually set in China, unlike the 1984 original, or if there’s something obnoxious in the cute little American kid kicking kung-fu ass better than the mean little Chinese kids.

Still, Jaden Smith is adorable, isn’t he? And I always like Jackie Chan, even in the worst movies imaginable.

Maybe Ralph Macchio is Jaden’s father, and he and his mom are running away from a bad divorce, but those karate genes cannot keep themselves unexpressed…

The Karate Kid opens in the U.S. and Canada on June 11, and in the U.K. on July 16.

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  • Brian

    Okay. Stupid question, I know, and I already know the answer. I just can’t help myself. Why call it The Karate Kid if it’s about Kung Fu? Might as well make a movie called Mister Football about a rugby player.

  • Ben


  • markyd

    Wow, that looks bad. Plus, isn’t Jaden a bit young for the role? He looks like he’s 9 years old.
    The original was cheesy, but I still like it.

  • mortadella

    I have a problem with that kid, though not sure why. Maybe because I dislike nepotism so much? I dunno.

  • Martin Sane

    Yeah, if you like spoilt brats who can’t act and make weird hip hop moves whenever they can, then he is adorable. God how much I dislike this kid…

  • Drave

    There’s an international trailer where it sort of explains the name. At the time the movie starts, the kid has already started book-learning karate, much like Daniel-san in the first one. The bullies call him the karate kid sarcastically as a derogatory term when they see him attempt a traditional karate stance in response to their harassment.

    I really wanted to hate this, but I’m kind of sold on it from the trailers I have seen. It seems like it will meet my requirements for acceptable remaking. It looks to me like it acknowledges and respects the original (and even pokes a little bit of fun at it), but it definitely feels like its own thing, with its own flavor, and hopefully it has something different to say. We’ll see soon enough, I suppose.

  • Chuck

    I generally hate remakes, but this looks OK. Please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck. I think I’ll let MaryAnn watch it first.

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