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12-year-old Dre Parker moves from Detroit, Michigan, to Beijing, China with his mother, and runs afoul of the neighborhood bully Cheng. He makes an unlikely ally in Mr. Han, an aging maintenance man and kung fu master who teaches him the secrets of self-defense. (Source: Wikipedia) ~~ Remake of the American film "The Karate Kid" [1984]. ~~ Co-production with the U.S.A. Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • dansk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Jun 10, 2010
  • Duration: 2 hr. 20 min.
  • Score: 8.0 (scored by 414 users)
  • Ranked: #2515
  • Popularity: #11241
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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The Butterfly
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Mar 9, 2024
Completed 2
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 5.5

"The best fights are the ones we avoid"

How you feel about The Karate Kid remake may largely depend on how old you were when you first watched it and how old you were when you watched the original. Despite the title, in the remake they practiced kung fu, not karate, and Xiao Dre was quite a bit younger than Daniel-san had been. Other than those elements and the Chinese travelogue inserted, the basic storyline was the same.

Twelve-year-old Dre has to leave everything behind when his mom is transferred to Beijing, China. While his mom looks at it as an opportunity, Dre feels left adrift. On his first day in his new home, he runs afoul of the local kung fu bullies and is beaten. He also meets sweet Mei Ying who is a classmate and violinist. After the maintenance man saves him during a vicious beating, the story is set up for Mr. Han to train Dre in kung fu.

Jaden Smith’s size made him a perfect target for bullies and it was easy to see why Dre would be afraid of Cheng and the pack he ran with. The Kick Them in the Dragon Balls School of Kung Fu mantra of “No Weakness! No Pain! No Mercy!” didn’t leave a lot of room for negotiation, especially with its abusive and sadistic master. Taraji P. Henson was gorgeous and tenacious as the over-protective mom. Jackie Chan gave a subdued performance as the mentor, Mr. Han. He only had one fight and it was with the prepubescent bullies. The kids who played Cheng and Mei Ying were adequate.

The cinematography and scenery were beautiful. There were trips to the Forbidden City, a kung fu monastery on a mountaintop, and training on the Great Wall of China. I suspect the last one is a big no-no in real life. The strange new home upped the ante on the fish out of water trope, especially when Dre didn’t speak any Mandarin. The travelogue elements while stunning, also hampered the movie as the pace was already doggedly slow. No kung fu movie needs to be 2 ½ hours long. There was also the change to the kids’ ages that I found troubling. In the original, Daniel, Ali, and Johnny, were on the verge of becoming adults. They were high schoolers where the romance seemed more natural and the fighting more acceptable. In the 2010 Karate Kid, these were 12-year-olds beating each other senseless. No wonder Mei Ying’s parents didn’t want her seeing Dre.

The original film wasn’t great but it was a touchstone for kids during that simpler time period just as this one may have been for its generation. Both Karate Kids showed that there are jerks and good people everywhere. Xiao Dre learned to show respect for his mom, his sifu, his new home, and himself. He also discovered that success required focus and dedication. The 2010 film was a fine addition to the Karate Kid family, if only they’d changed the name to correctly reflect the skill being taught. RIP Mr. Miyagi. No one can take your place in my heart.

8 March 2024

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The film is wonderful

The film is full of memories for me, and it was truly a very wonderful film, in the literal sense. My childhood was on me, so I literally recommend it strongly. ?

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  • Movie: The Karate Kid
  • Country: China
  • Release Date: Jun 10, 2010
  • Duration: 2 hr. 20 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 8.0 (scored by 414 users)
  • Ranked: #2515
  • Popularity: #11241
  • Watchers: 567

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