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The Karate Kid Learns Kung Fu

By Shaz Ferouz

Yet another remake makes it to the big screen as this year’s version of the 1984 movie The Karate Kid makes it to the big screen. The movie stars Will Smith Jr, Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. As far as casting goes I’m happy. One thing that I’m not too happy about though is the movie’s name. The Karate Kid? Isn’t this movie shot in China?

Movie Mayhem: Karate Kid
I’d like to believe that movie goers have become a little more intelligent in the information age and know that Japan and China are two different countries. Just like Kung Fu and Karate are two completely different kinds of martial arts. I can’t help but think it’s the whole “Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, what’s the difference exactly? All you Asians look alike” stereotype by Hollywood.

Really? Common this is 2010, nobody though they should Google this? Apparently is it called The Kung Fu Kid in China and Best Kid in Korea and Japan. Maybe its the Silat Kid in Malaysia and the Ju Jitsu kid in Brazil?

This was a much better film for Jackie Chan after acting as a babysitting spy. Jaden Smith also is a very talented actor for his age. His character was very real and I’m sure he’s all set to walk in his dad’s footsteps. All the way to getting the girl as he has an on screen smooch in this film. As a movie though I found it very watchable. The fighting was good and the new take of wax on, wax off worked.

Some parts of the film were a little cliche though. Like during the tournament they made it look like it was Street Fighter or something. The problem with adding tacky shots like that is that it can ruin the believability of the movie. From actually buying the plot and characters as “real” you are suddenly reminded “Oh yeah this a movie”.

So if you were a fan of the first movie don’t expect a like of like adaptation and you might enjoy this one. Overall it was pretty good though not ground breaking.

My movie review Rating is 3.5/5

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