The Karate Kid 2010

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Dre and his mother relocate to China for her job. Struggling to fit in Dre falls for classmate Mei Ying but this causes problems with bully Cheng. To defend himself, Dre turns to maintenance man Mr Han who is a kung fu master. Dre soon realises that facing his bullies will be the fight of his life.

Starring:
Jaden Smith,Jackie Chan
Runtime:
2 hours, 14 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Children & Family, Action & Adventure
Director Harald Zwart
Starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan
Supporting actors Taraji P. Henson, Tess Liu
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Remakes are now a well-established staple of the Hollywood output and as you would expect the quality of these films differ wildly. So it was a joy to watch a film like Karate Kid to see how a remake should be handled.

It rejuvenated and modernised the story whilst staying true to the essence of the original. Jaden Smith plays Dre, who is moved to China with his Mother due to a job relocation. At first he doesn't fit in. He runs into trouble pretty quickly and then continues to be bullied at school. That is until he meets Mr Han who can teach him Kung Fu.

Okay so yes the film is clichéd and yes it trots out all the familiar tropes you would expect. However this is just pure entertainment. When a film is enjoyable and well made it doesn't matter if it sticks rigidly to formula.

Jaden Smith is a joy to watch. He embodies his character very well and really gets stuck in to the story. His relationship with Jackie Chan's Mr Han is very well portrayed and they really do feel like friends. The martial arts on display is great fun in a kiddie friendly sort of way and the tournament at the end displays some proper feel good cheesy moments.

There are some faults with the film. Some moments are just a little too cheesy and clichéd. The moment when Dre finds out about Han's past and family feels a little shoe horned in to give Dre some credible motivation for his training. There could have been a few more fight scenes to break up the family saga and training montages but overall this is a really enjoyable film.

A remake that should definitely be given a chance. Great family fun.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ok, I'm going to have to admit it, I loved this movie. I approached this with no small degree of trepidation, since the original had a special place in my memory from my younger days, and I had the horrible feeling that a remake would just be more of the same but without Pat Morita and with a predictable dose of sweetener in it. But I was wrong - the story has been sufficiently given a new dimension by setting it in China, meaning the theme of the outsider being shunned is all the more relevant. Also Kung Fu is somehow a more appropriate martial art than Karate. The biggest and best surprise is in the casting - Jaden Smith is more than ever a mini-Will Smith with all the charisma that implies, but it is Jackie Chan that is quite a revelation, genuinely acting and emoting in a believable way, without his usual tongue in cheek approach. The end result is a genuine and quite affecting story with believable characters, which nods to the original in a satisfying way, without ever treading the same ground too obviously - no `wax on, wax off' here, but a novel alternative instead. It's a little grittier than the original, in a way that helps sell the danger in a more believable way, but leavens it with just enough heart to keep it in PG realm.
Yes it is not going to hold any big surprises for you, but if you're half human you're going to find it at least a little heart warming, and if it suffers a little from being somewhat of a Tourism Board approved advert for China at times, well it's beautiful enough scenery to forgive. It's arguably better than the original in many ways, better written, better fight choreography and some better ideas - but I wonder if even with all that going for it, it struggles to match the teacher - pupil chemistry of the original . Having said that, this is a real treat, far exceeded my expectations - recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I think 'remake's' of really good films is possibly a difficult task for anyone, the 'original' with 'Ralph Macchio' and 'Nonyuke Pat' Monta' was indeed a very good film, and 'no question' a hard act to follow.
The film primarily follows the same format, the difference being the 'Karate' srudent 'Dre Parker' moves to china with his mother who's job takes her there.
Other than location, the story is pretty much the same, only this one does give us a good measure of 'stunning' scenery of the chinese landscape as an added bonus.
I like 'Jackie Chan' (Mr Han) he rarely makes a bad movie, 'Jaden Smith' ( Will's son ) has surely got a great future ahead of him in films.
Is this version as good as the original ? ---probably not in truth, however it's much better than some of the 'movie-critic's' write-ups i've read, if you watch the film without trying to compare it, i think like me you'll enjoy it.
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Format: Blu-ray
Following on the recent trend of re-booting and remaking classic films for a modern, more seasoned audience and generation, there is the risk of it not working or working. Thankfully, this does work in capturing the spirit of what made John G. Avildsen’s 1984 offering so charming and in touch with society. The story of the young, isolated teenager picked on by bullies manages to rise up and take on the thugs and win! The ultimate feel-good film for many others in a similar situation. It’s exactly the same here, except set in China rather than America. There are funny moments, emotional moments and well-staged fight scenes.

The downside is that the age gap between Dre and his co-stars is too small to be really believable. He’s too young to go through the ups and downs of emotional heartbreak and feel that the whole world is on him. Daniel LaRusso, the “first” Karate Kid, was 24 when he battled for love and honour, and it felt real. Because Dre is 12 here, it all feels very “school-yard bully” based with nothing else at stake rather than a beating after classes. There would be room for so much more if they were old enough to tackle more sensitive subjects relating to this issue.

Thankfully, it’s not a major flaw and can be over-looked. Smith and Chan have a perfect partnership as the street-wise Afro-American youth mixing with the world-weary Chinese janitor working towards a common goal. It shows that no culture and no age can blur the lines between learning to stand up for yourself; to believe in yourself and defend yourself. It’s these touching and funny moments they both share that really root the film and keep it real and emotional, with a visible strain put on Smith as he suffers many scuffles and scrapes along the way. A great turn from them both.

A very faithful remake set in a new era of expectation, but with the story sticking to the humane side of action and drama, this is a knockout.
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