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The Karate Kid 1984 Cast –
Ralph Macchio as a Daniel
Pat Morita as a Miyagi (as Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita)
Elisabeth Shue as a Ali
Martin Kove as a Kreese
Randee Heller as a Lucille
William Zabka as a Johnny
Ron Thomas as a Bobby
Rob Garrison as a Tommy
The Karate Kid 1984 Review –
When The Karate Kid came out back in the 80s, it was an instant classic.
Ralph Macchio and “Pat” Morita – Mr. Miyagi – helped make an interesting twist on Rocky even more entertaining.
But is the movie overrated? Let’s find out!
When The Karate Kid begins, we meet Daniel LaRusso, a high school senior who’s just moved to Los Angeles.
After befriending a pretty cheerleader named Ali Mills, Daniel gets his ass whooped by Johnny Lawrence, a bully who’s skilled at karate.
What follows is Daniel’s evolution as he’s trained by Mr. Miyagi, a martial arts master in the art of karate, so that he can beat Johnny in a tournament.
The Karate Kid’s concept sounds pretty similar to that of Rocky, but in my opinion, it’s a lot better.
Daniel’s struggles were easily relatable due to his struggles with bullying, fitting in, and his awful costume that he wore at the Halloween party.
Like Rocky, The Karate Kid features an awesome montage of Daniel’s training before the tournament.
In addition, Daniel and Mr. Miyagi get plenty of character development, helping elevate the movie and keeping me engrossed.
And that’s where the flaws start rolling in.
If we had learned more about Johnny, he would have made a much more entertaining villain.
In addition, the direction was poorly handled, feeling amateurish with its lingering shots that makes the film move at a snail’s pace.
To start, Daniel Larusso is played by Ralph Macchio in the role of a lifetime.
Well, I guess the last role of his lifetime…
Ralph’s acting has made vast improvements since starring in The Outsiders and it really shows.
Then you have Elisabeth Shue as Ali Mills.
I have to admit nothing really popped out with Shue’s performance.
Then again, despite her lack of acting chops at the time, she and Ralph share a lot of romantic chemistry, which feels rare in people so young.
As for the villain, Johnny, portrayed by William Zabka, he shouldn’t have jumped off the page with his two-dimensional character trait of pointless dickhead syndrome.
On the other hand, Zabka not only makes this over-the-top character believable, but he makes you sympathize with him by the end.
Finally, you have Mr. Miiyagi, played by Noriyuki “Pat” Morita.
Morita’s performance frequently reminds you of Jackie Chan with his unique sense of humour, warm heart and smile, and badass attitude while fighting.
While this is great in a way, Morita’s performance was far from worthy of the Academy Award that he was nominated for.
Not to mention that the dialogue was horrendous, making the actors have to work twice as hard to make the material interesting.
The Karate Kid is over 30 years old now, and like The Terminator, the Blu-Ray quality is impressive.
Besides the vast amount of film grain, the warm colors reveal the vintage tone that was often established in 80s movies.
To add, the audio never felt compressed so it doesn’t hinder your viewing.
Here’s where the audio department fails.
The score is poorly composed, full of weak, forgettable tracks that never jump out, and other tracks that are ear-piercing and a little too joyous in sound.
Moreover, the choreography, especially that of Morita, was terrible.
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Conclusion of The karate kid 1984–
Overall, The Karate Kid is immensely entertaining due to its acting talent and plenty of memorable scenes.
If it didn’t suffer from so many flaws, it could have been brilliant.
So what were your thoughts on The Karate Kid? Do you think it was better than Rocky? Let me know in the comments below.