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The Karate Kid [VHS] [1984]

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  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, Randee Heller
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Robert Mark Kamen
  • Producers: Bud S. Smith, Jerry Weintraub, R.J. Louis
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 1 July 2002
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ROS2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,291 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Daniel (Ralph Macchio) arrives at his new school in California and soon finds himself bullied by a bunch of karate-trained creeps. Nevermind, help is on hand in the form of the school janitor (Pat Morita), a wise old martial arts instructor who trains Daniel to become a karate expert. This is lucky, because when the chief bully discovers that Daniel has taken up with his girlfriend, he's not going to be very happy about it.

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The Karate Kid is a popular 1984 drama by the director, John G Avildsen and one of the better takes on the original fighting classic Rocky (also directed by John G Avildsen). The new kid in town (Ralph Macchio) targeted by karate-wielding bullies, gets himself a mentor in the form of the handyman (Pat Morita) from his apartment building. The mentor teaches him self-confidence, fighting skills and the art of karate. The screen partnership of Macchio's motor-mouth character and Morita's reserved father figure works well and the script allows for the younger man to develop sympathy for the painful memories of his teacher. Elisabeth Shue is enlisted as the romantic interest that klutzy Macchio dreams of winning. But the film's real engine, as with Rocky, is the fighting, and there's plenty of that. Subsequently the film went on to breed many Karate Kid wannabes in the mid 80s. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By no1filmaddict on 7 July 2005
Format: DVD
I remember watching this film as a kid and feeling the magic of it all, and even now when I watch it many years on I still get that same buzz when Daniel wins the final of the karate tornament and I still cheer when his wise old teacher Mr Miyagi gives the gang who have been bullying him a good beating. The fact that this film made over $90,000,000 at the box office in the USA alone, gives you an idea of how good the film is and how popular it was on its release.
When Daniel LaRusso and his mum move to a new town, he becomes the victim of a gang of karate students because he is dating the ex-girlfriend of the leader of the pack. After several beatings a wise old Japanese handyman and martial arts master called Mr Miyagi agrees to teach him karate so that he can enter an upcoming karate tornament and beat the bullies once and for all.
The real key to this film is the relationship between the two main characters Mr Miyagi and Daniel. Despite the obvious age difference they become the best of friends very quickly, as Mr Miyagi begins to teach Daniel not only martial arts, but self confidence and self respect through philosophy. He becomes a father figure to Daniel who's real father is dead, forming a real bond right from the start, which continues (and grows) throughout the two sequels that they both appear in.
Ralph Macchio who plays Danniel does a good job with his character, however may be just slightly over-shadowed by the stunning performance from Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita who played Mr Miyagi, and was actually nominated for an Oscar for his role in this film, in the catagory of Best Actor in a Supporting Role, beaten only by Jack Nicholson for his performance in 'Terms Of Endearment'. Elisabeth Shue is on board as Ali, the girl Daniel starts seeing when he arrives in the new town.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ti Lung 1974 on 24 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) a teenager moving to California with his mum tries to settle in and find new friends.He soon falls foul of Johnny and his friends who all attend the Cobra Kai karate school because of the friendship he forms with Johnny's ex girlfriend.Whilst being pursued by Johnny's gang one night for pulling a prank on them,they catch him and start laying into him just ouside of his building.The kindly old handyman (Mr Miyagi) who also lives in the building intervenes and takes care of the bullies.Whilst dressing Daniel's wounds Daniel asks Miyagi about his knowledge of of karate,Miyagi tells him that he learnt karate when he lived in Okinawa.With the bullying continuing Mr Miyagi suggests that they go to the Cobra Kai dojo and confront Johnny's instructor John Kreese (Martin L Kove).Kreese eventually agrees to their demands that his students leave him alone as long as Daniel agrees to face them at the annual karate tournament.With not much time remaining until the contest Miyagi agrees to train Daniel so that he's prepared to face his foe.I remember seeing this in the cinema as a teenager and its lost none of its magic.The classic traing scenes "wax on wax off",great underdog story and excellent music score all combine to make a classic.Pat Morita is unforgettable as Mr Miyagi and was rightly nominated for an Oscar.A magical movie experience,one that the whole family can enjoy.Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoy the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A surefire winning action film that has you cheering during the climatic last scene, your foot tapping to its mood heigtening soundtrack and has you jeering the films bad guys.
This heartwarming film follows the life of Daniel Laruso, a newcomer to the area and follows his troubles against a group of bullies at his high School, where he is forced to defend himself using the help of an old man, who knows a great deal about Karate.
This film is a must for any one enjoys the great films of the 80's. And in my opinion comes in my top ten of all time favourite films purely on its last climatic scenes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr T on 4 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of the film so I won't review it here. A lovely reminder of my childhood and a really heart-warming film.

The visual transfer is pretty good. Not super sharp, but film-like, colourful (in places, mainly outdoors, day-time) and generally a very good upgrade over the DVD. The audio is pretty good too, although nothing to write home about. Overall, a solid and faithful transfer.

The extras are very nice too. There are some mini-interviews with the writer and some of the stars - including the sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo. All seem to have been genuinely touched to be in the film - and make much of its sincere, surrogate father themes. Pat Morita (Mr Miyagi) comes across very well in these parts too.

One small note. On my Blu-ray player I had to switch away from HD audio (i.e. changing the 'interactive audio' option from 'direct' to 'mixed') otherwise there was no sound on the picture-in-picture, new Blu-Pop feature. I've seen a few comments on forums about this, so just be forewarned you might need to fiddle a bit to hear the audio.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie on 3 May 2014
Format: DVD
The Karate Kid is an extremely well executed movie of timeless history which is no doubt one of the best climactic action movies. This is partly due to the countless encounters Daniel (Ralph Macchio) faces, all leading to a highly climatic crane kick ending which leaves the viewer with a state of contentment for the main star of the show, the Karate Kid himself.

You could buy this as a stand-alone DVD or on Blu-ray here > The Karate Kid {Blu-ray} 2010.

I'd highly recommend you buy the trilogy located here The Karate Kid Trilogy DVD as they logically and chronologically follow from one another and you can gain the full experience of the highly skilled actors (most notably Ralph Macchio & Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita), as well as John G. Avildsen's expert directing and Jerry Weintraub's production finesse!

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