The Karate Kid part II, American movie (1986)

When I grew up as a kid there was a movie that always made me feel good. It is one of my favorite childhood movies and it’s called the Karate Kid. I watched this film at a time where attending school was a very dark place for me. I was bullied nearly every day, and here was a film where the same thing was happening to this young boy called Daniel. But guess what? He not only managed to gain respect and grow as a person, but he also beat his bullies in a brilliant way. It gave me hope that eventually everything can be beaten if you just put your mind to it. I will always be grateful to the movie for providing me a sense of relief and escapism in what was quite frankly a time in my life that I don’t like to look back on very often. Three years later the sequel came out. And it blew my young mind away again, but this time also for a few other reasons.

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FINISH HIM!!!!!!

The second part of the Karate Kid literally starts where the first part ended. Daniel has just won the All-Valley Karate Tournament and prepares to go home with his teacher mr. Miyagi. Once outside the pair see Daniel’s rival from the first movie being accosted by his own sensei John Kreese. Luckily Miyagi intervenes just in time, proving that you should never hold a grudge for too long. Six months later mr. Miyagi receives a letter from his lost love in Okinawa, Yukei, telling him his father is very ill. Daniel is eager to find out who Yukei is, and he soon hears the story behind the reason for his old master’s departure from Japan all those years ago. Yukei was apparently arranged to marry a man named Sato, who was mr. Miyagi’s best friend. But when he fell in love with her, Sato challenged him to a fight to the death. Unwilling to enter into such a duel, Miyagi left Japan, leaving behind a heartbroken Yukei. Having no choice now but to go to Okinawa and his dying father, he departs in all haste, with Daniel travelling with him. Upon their arrival though, both master and student are about to find out that some people can hold a grudge for a very long time……

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Honestly I would have included only pictures of Kumiko, but I guess I did not want to be too obvious.

This movie is very dear to me. It’s my number one go to movie whenever I feel down or depressed. Somehow it never fails to lift my spirits. There are two things this film did besides the general feel good atmosphere it manages to create. The first is that it introduced me to Asian culture, more specifically the culture of Japan. I loved the many customs we as an audience get to experience through this film. One of the scenes that really still brings a smile to my face is the tea ceremony between Daniel and his love interest in this movie: Kumiko. It is a wonderful custom to observe, and it is also incredibly romantic. With this movie my interest for Asian culture in general started to take shape, a fact that continues to this day. The second thing it did was give me my first movie crush. I was absolutely mesmerised by the beauty of Kumiko, played by a young Tamlyn Tomita. In my young mind she was the perfect woman, and I completely fell in love with her. Ah teenage love can be so strange at times.

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Ice, Ice, baby…..

From an acting point of view there are some great roles that I think are worth mentioning. First up is Pat Morita, as mr. Miyagi. I think his role in this second part was even better than in the first movie, as in this film the spotlight is somewhat more on his story instead of focussing all the attention on Daniel. It gives us a few wonderful scenes, most notably the ones between him and Sato and his love Yukei. Sato played by Danny Kamekona is the perfect adversary for Miyagi. His gravelly voice is terrific, and he also manages to create a humanity to his character in a great way. Lastly we have Sato’s nephew Chozen Toguchi, played by Yuji Okumoto, who eventually becomes Daniel’s opponent. He is a particular breed of nasty, and you will come to hate him over the course of this film. Some of the things he does still gets my blood boiling after all these years, and it is only a big compliment to Okumoto’s acting, that he manages to invoke such a feeling.

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Okay, sorry, just one more…..

Now some might argue how mediocre the fight scenes in this movie look. Certainly we are not watching a Jet Li or Jackie Chan movie here. The fights only serve to create some extra tension, in what is otherwise a really great and heartwarming film. I can’t express through words alone how much I still enjoy seeing this movie, even though it is now 31 years old. Both parts 1 and 2 are the ultimate feel good experience and are a perfect watch for whenever you just want to feel like you can take on the world again. It probably won’t please everyone, cynics might certainly point out the many flaws this film probably has, but I just love this movie to death. If you have never seen this one, I do recommend watching part 1 first. That movie establishes the relationship between mr. Miyagi and young Daniel, and to skip that would be to miss out on a lot of things. And remember to relax: wax on, wax off.

I give the Karate Kid part II a 10 out of 10 score.

 

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37 thoughts on “The Karate Kid part II, American movie (1986)”

    1. Yes, so did I. There are luckily also a lot of people that really enjoyed this one as well. And it should be, as it is still a wonderful feel good movie, that has withstood the test of time very well. Thanks for your comment 😊

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    1. Haha lol, yeah and a lot of other stuff to like how to paint wooden fences lol 😂 But yes, sometimes I just get thrown into these nostalgic moods and like to head back to my childhood (then again I doubt if I ever have grown up lol). Thanks for your comment 😊

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂
        Haha I forgot about fences 😀
        Watching childhood favourites is great 🙂 I love getting into a nostalgic mood and showing these movies to my nieces and nephews. 🙂
        Then again, I’m 24. So probably haven’t master nostalgia properly yet. hehe 🙂

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      2. Haha, well I don’t know about that 😊 You can still feel nostalgic enough to watch things from your own childhood too. I don’t think there is an age limit to it lol 😂 But yes it’s great fun to revisit these classic films, especially if they are still very worth it to rewatch them 😊

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  1. Aw it’s so nice to revisit our favorite childhood/teenage movies isn’t it? I’m glad this one has a special place in your heart 🙂 Unfortunately, another movie I have not seen yet (although I have caught parts of it on TV on occasion).
    Soooo you had a crush on Kumiko huh? Hahaha well, I can’t blame you, she’s gorgeous!
    I agree that this type of movie didn’t have the best fight scenes. It’s not like I know a lot about that (and especially didn’t know ANYTHING when I was younger) but they do feel a bit meh when compared to the exhaustively choreographed ones we get today.
    I will definitely want to watch both part 1 and part 2. I just don’t know when…
    Wonderful review, of course ^^ Brought a smile to my face to see you fanboying over this one!

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    1. Haha, yes when it comes to this movie I guess you can certainly call me a fanboy lol😂 As for the fightscenes, they are truly “meh”, but on the other hand that also has it’s charms. Hihi, yeah, could not review this movie without mentioning the crush I had on Kumiko, and when you see her today, she is still a very beautiful woman 😊
      Glad it brought a smile to your face, so did your comment when I was reading it. Thanks as always for the kind words 😊

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  2. I know what it’s like to be bullied, so I can sympathise with you there. It’s not a memory most would like to revisit, or talk about as freely. Just know you’ve got a bro here :D. On to the movie!!, the 2nd installment is definately a stronger entry to the absymall showing of 3. The funny thing is; the actual location isn’t in Japan but in Hawaii xDD. Good post Raistlin!!! :D.

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    1. The only thing I can say about it is that bullying sucks, and the people that cause it certainly don’t know what the effects on the person that’s bring bullied are in later life. I’ve always felt insecure. It;s certainly become better over the years, but it’s not a feeling that I think will ever quite go away. I’m sorry to read that you had the same experience. That truly sucks 😔
      It’s a great film, and as for the location, I kind of had the feeling it wasn’t really Japan. I had been meaning to look that up, but now I don’t have to anymore, so thank you 😊 As for the third movie, yeah even though there were a few elements in it that I liked, overall it was the weakest installment and not near the quality of the previous two. Real shame. Thanks for the kind words: appreciate it a lot 😊

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  3. I love Karate kids 1 and 2! I love the fighting scenes especially when you beating the bad persons! Hehe… I think I was too young at that time to understand the love interest between Daniel and Kumiko 😁

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    1. Haha, yes so do I, I truly love these films, and you are so right, those were the best scenes: beating the bad persons 😊 Haha, well I was pretty young myself at that time, so I moght not have fully understood it myself, but I still found her very pretty 😊

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  4. One of those rare cases where the sequel is as good as the first! I loved both The Karate Kid 1 & 2. Heartwarming with a side of action and plenty of life lessons. They are the kind of movies that never get old 🙂

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    1. I really felt a bit down this past week, and I swear this movie managed to turn my mood around in a very good way. Love it when a movie or any other medium can do that. Really a shame that the third part, even though it still had it’s moments, was such a let down 😔

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      1. I thought the third one was okay. Not near as good as the first two though. Didn’t really like the fourth one with the girl though. But I did like the new one with Jackie Chan quite a bit. Nothing compared to the first two, but still enjoyable 🙂

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  5. For some reason, I’ve only seen the first Karate Kid movie but not the second. It’s on my to-watch list for sure. Can’t believe these movies are over 30 years old. And glad it sparked your love for Asian films/culture. Fantastic review, as always! 😊

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment abd the kind words. I honestly can’t believe these movies are over 30 years old now either (it kind of makes me feel old 😂😂), but this second part just as the first is sill a highly entertaining movie and well worth the watch 😊

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  6. I actually read your rating as an ’11 out of 10′ at first and was a little o_O about it. My faulty eyesight aside, great review! You’ve been injecting a bit of nostalgia into your reviews lately and that’s really sweet to read. Sucks that you were bullied though 😦

    And teenage you had good taste! She’s very beautiful.

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    1. Haha, wel it might have been an 11 out of 10 rating after all lol 😂 Yes, I feel a lot of nostalgia the past couple of weeks. Might be that I am just turning old lol 😂 And yes she definitely is very beautiful, and honestly she still is. Just Google her to see what I mean 😊

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    1. Sorry for the late response 😅 I’m glad you enjoyed the review. For some reason I just feel like revisiting my childhood a lot these days. Then again, I might just be getting old lol 😂 Thanks for the kind words, always appreciate it 😊

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  7. It’s been a very long time since I have seen this movie. I’m glad it’s one of your favorites. It’s great to see it again.. the characters faces are so young.. haha.. I especially like the scene where the old man catch the fly with a chopstick. 🙂 Kumiko is definitely pretty 🙂 Fantastic review Michel!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words again. Always a pleasure to read 😊 It’s truly an amazing movie and as I said it always really manages to lift my spirits whenever I am feeling down. Thank you for your comment 😀

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  8. Like Jade, I have seen the first movie many times, and also The Next Karate Kid, but somehow never the second movie! It’s really interesting to me to read about how this movie developed your affinity for Japanese Culture. I was curious where that side of you originated, and now I better understand.

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    1. The next Karate Kid was honestly nota bad film. I liked it much more than the third part of Karate Kid, which was certainly the weakest of all four films. That said, this one is for me the best part, simply because it’s a really beautiful story, with some heartwarming moments,and the incredibly beautiful customs of Japan. And yes this is the starting point for my Asia mania lol 😂 I think you will still enjoy seeing this one. If you manage to see it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it 😊

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  9. Very good post! Indeed director John Avildsen, made history behind The Karate Kid back in 1984! It was such an unexpected success that even the actors were surprised with the excellent reception from the audience in USA and around the world. Subsequently Part II was a huge success with a good storyline as you pointed out in your blog. I read the book “The Films of John Avildsen” during a Marketing course at University. I was surprised that John spent only 45 days filming KK I in San Fernando Valley – CA and fans are still visiting the filming sites 30 years later. The Producers not always agreed with John, which led to some difficulties. They at first did not want Pat Morita for Mr Miyagi, also very sad that Producers did not agree on Elisabeth Shue’s role for KK II, thus ending very abruptly Ali’s storyline, despite all they went through… for KK III, John wanted a completely different movie, filmed in Asia and more focused on Miyagi’s martial arts history, then moving back to LA, but Producers did not support and thought it would be “too expensive” so KK III did not ended the series well… regardless, KK2 had a good storyline and an amazing acting from T. Tomita. I think “Karate Kid”, was a huge success because the audience was able to understand the message of respect, friendship and anti bullying that John passed throughout this franchise. I placed on my blog a link with an interview with Daryl Vidal, the actor that created the “crane kick” and director John Avildsen: https://blogsandbirds.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/the-karate-kid-a-classic-franchise-from-john-g-avildsen/

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    1. Wow, thank you for this very insightfull abd elaborate response. This is certainly a lot of information I did not know, and I’m always interested in movie history, especially for films that I really enjoy watching like this one. The last Karate Kid in this series (not including “the Next Karate Kid”, certainly did not end the story of Daniel very well. While I did not dislike the movie as much as most people, it wasn’t as good as the two previous installments. A shame really. I will be sure to check out that link. Once again my thanks for this cool response and the kind words, appreciate it 😀

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