Karate Kid Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)  [Region Free]
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When Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) and his mother (Taraji P. Henson) move from Detroit to China, Dre feels lost in a world very different from what he knows. Bullied and beaten up by some fellow students in his school, Dre is rescued by his apartment building’s handyman, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a man who is mourning a devastating loss. Mr. Han takes pity on Dre and agrees to teach him kung fu to defend himself. Training together, teacher and student learn to trust each other, and ultimately form a friendship that heals them both.
A remake of the 1984 film of the same name, The Karate Kid well exceeds expectations, delivering a powerful viewing experience filled with action-packed martial arts scenes, great footage of China and its many wonders, and an absorbing story of a preadolescent boy's struggle to find his own inner strength. The title Karate Kid is really a misnomer as it is the art of kung fu that is practiced in this remake, not karate, and other details, including the film's setting in China, also differ from the original film. What remains the same, and just as powerful, is the underlying story: a young boy moves to a new place where he feels isolated and is bullied by his peers. Through an unlikely relationship with an adult, the boy not only learns to protect himself through martial arts, but develops the much more important qualities of respect and the mastery of one's own mind and body. Relative newcomer Jaden Smith (son of actors and producers Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) is excellent as the main character Dre Parker; Jackie Chan gives a restrained and highly effective performance as his mentor Mr. Han; and Zhenwei Wang is eerily believable as the bully Chen. This is an intense and often violent film that fully engulfs its viewers--be prepared to gasp and cheer out loud, and know that you may never look at the act of putting on and taking off a jacket in the same way again.--Tami Horiuchi
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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.
Overall a good remake. Don't take it seriously otherwise you won't enjoy it. Its good fun film.
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.
They have updated the film more compared to the original, and I liked the way it was set in China (The birthplace of Kung Fu). It really made all the difference to the scenery and the story. Yes the film was longer than most, but it didn't matter to me at all. For me, they couldn't possibly have edited any more out. It kept me gripped from beginning to end.
The film is primarily an action film, but also contains comedy, suspense and drama. I would recommend this film for any age from about 7yrs +. Children younger than that may find it a bit violent and upsetting.
Besides Toy Story 3, make sure you see Karate Kid this summer - Not To Be Missed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing to do with Karate at all. Should have called it The Kung Fu Kid but its watchable so i guess its a ok.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
The kids loved it and started karate kicking round the house...just like I did with original!Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
My children and I enjoyed the more update take on the karate kidPublished 1 month ago by jenna hollister
Feel good family movie, especially with boys. Similar to Shan Tang Tigers, but a film about the Shan Tang Tigers would be better.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer