"The Karate Kid"
Remake and Sports. Rated PG. 2 hours, 6 minutes.
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Smith and Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid.
The Karate Kid
stars the young Jaden Smith (who plays Dre Parker), Jackie Chan
(who plays Mr. Han), Han Wen Wen (who plays Meiying) and Taraji
P. Henson (who plays Sherry Parker, Dre's mother). It is rated
PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language.
It is released by Sony Pictures. The film was shot in Beijing,
China. This is a remake of the 1984 classic.
The movie opens inside
a house in Detroit. Dre is measuring his height against the wall
like he's done many times in the past. Then, we see many shots
of Downtown Detroit including the Renaissance Center and Henry
the Hatter, among many others. Dre's mother announces that she
is getting a new job in Beijing. They pack up and get on an Air
China flight direct to Beijing.
Once they settle in
their apartment, the hot water isn't working. Parker asks her
son to find the maintenance man, Mr. Han. He becomes very difficult
to find. After a while, Mr. Han shows up at the apartment and
fixes the hot water. Meanwhile, Dre is having problems fitting
in with the other kids in Beijing. One of the students in school
is a big bully and pushes Dre around.
Dre hates Beijing so
much that he tells his mother he wants to go home. Parker responds,
"there's nothing left for us in Detroit."
One day, Dre and his
mother go walking and they discover a kung fu class. He seems
really interested and wants to learn. Dre learns that the maintenance
man is also a kung fu instructor. Dre starts spending a lot of
time with Mr. Han. They get to know each other well and he trains
him to do kung fu.
Mr. Han goes with Dre
to the kung fu studio and convinces the instructor to tell the
bully to leave Dre alone at school. The only requirement was that
Dre had to participate in the annual kung fu tournament. The bully
was one of the participants. You'll have to see the movie to find
out if he wins or loses.
The film was directed
by Harald Zwart and was written by Chris Murphey and Robert Mark
Kamen. It also stars Yu Rong-Guang, Zhao Yi and Harry Van Gorkum.
Producers included Will Smith and Jerry Weintraub, among many
I think The Karate
Kid is a great film that will teach you to get back up and
try again when you are knocked down. Don't give up! You will find
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Karate Kid movie poster