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A Tribute To “The Karate Kid”
January 18, 2013 4:12 PM   Subscribe

A Tribute To “The Karate Kid.” If you liked the movie, this hits the right buttons.
posted by SpacemanStix (21 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
A tribute to Johnny Lawrence.
posted by Bookhouse at 4:19 PM on January 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Sweep the Leg is the best tribute.....
posted by blaneyphoto at 4:26 PM on January 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


What do you mean "if"?!
posted by Brocktoon at 4:37 PM on January 18, 2013


A tribute to Johnny Lawrence.

*Spoiler Alert*
That was pretty funny. I was all like OK, The Karate Kid, uh... oh, yeah, Just One of the Guys, hmm..."Triple Lindey": Back To School, then OMG WTF! That was not William Zabka as the Gimp! It was this guy.

You got me Patton but a part of me really wouldn't have put it past Tarantino's sense of humor to do a casting stunt like that.
posted by coolxcool=rad at 4:44 PM on January 18, 2013


I'll never forget how my daughter, 6 at the time, exclaimed: "That was the best movie ever" when the end credits started rolling.
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 4:46 PM on January 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Best movie ever and also the best around.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 5:23 PM on January 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was a little surprised when I watched the remake, and would say it is actually pretty good. Probably one of Chan's better performances.
posted by P.o.B. at 5:24 PM on January 18, 2013


I just stopped by to say: that's not a canoe.
posted by HuronBob at 5:27 PM on January 18, 2013


I didn't hate the remake, but I definitely wouldn't watch it a second time. Unlike the original Karate Kid which I must have seen at least a dozen times now.
posted by Roger Dodger at 5:31 PM on January 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


The true magic of the original Karate Kid is that, despite the perfect story arc, there really isn't anything unrealistic about the story (ok, maybe the Miyagi "healing hands"). Unlike the remake, Daniel can't hold his leg over his head or do backflips in a week. In fact, everyone pretty well sucks at karate and the whole emphasis is on the psychological growth and development more so than kicking ass like Van Damme.
posted by lubujackson at 5:41 PM on January 18, 2013 [12 favorites]


I love (like, "still watch it regularly to this day" love, not "have seen it a handful of times and have some nostalgic affection for it" love) the movie, but this "tribute" feels like lazy linkbait thrown together in about 10 minutes. No buttons were pushed :(
posted by retrograde at 6:43 PM on January 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ralph Macchio is in his fifties.


...I'll just let that sink in.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:08 PM on January 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


I didn't hate the remake, but I definitely wouldn't watch it a second time. Unlike the original Karate Kid which I must have seen at least a dozen times now.

Yes. The remake was okay, but I will stop everything I'm doing to watch the old one again. I don't think it ever gets old. My wife thinks I'm pretty crazy.

When I was a kid, we saw this in the theater. That was back in the days when they let you sit through movies more than once, and it was one of the few that I can remember this with with my family (along with the Empire Strikes Back and Back to the Future).

I can still hear most the music in my head, too, when I see clips from the movie. It just had a lot of the right elements coming together to make the whole thing work and stick with you.
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:12 PM on January 18, 2013


Rehearsal footage posted to YouTube by the original Karate Kid director. This is some pretty awesome stuff.
posted by ruthsarian at 7:15 PM on January 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


I never understood the need to remake that movie. They got it right the first time. It was like remaking Miracle on 34th Street. Why?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:02 PM on January 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


BT alert
posted by anadem at 8:31 PM on January 18, 2013


Wonderful! I could use a breakdown like this for "The tree of life".
posted by ouke at 11:26 PM on January 18, 2013


Ralph Macchio is in his fifties.

And was last seen in Hitchcock.
So, he's still acting.
posted by Mezentian at 11:29 PM on January 18, 2013


Serves that little shit right for hosing off my doobie in the bathroom!
posted by Burhanistan at 11:52 PM on January 18, 2013


The true magic of the original Karate Kid is that, despite the perfect story arc, there really isn't anything unrealistic about the story


unnh well


I dont know much about karate but i know that the goal is NOT to stick your chin out right as your opponent is setting up to kick you ensuring that you will be knocked out.

(look at that clip of the blonde kid getting railed right before DAAAAAAMMMNNNNN)
posted by Colonel Panic at 11:54 AM on January 19, 2013


I never understood the need to remake that movie. They got it right the first time. It was like remaking Miracle on 34th Street. Why?

Will Smith wanted his son to get Kung Fu lessons from Jackie Chan. What Will Smith wants, Will Smith gets. And this way, not only does he not have to pay for the lessons, he gets paid to let his son learn Kung Fu from Jackie Chan.

You would do it too.
posted by BurnChao at 11:48 PM on January 19, 2013


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