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Jackie Chan's Teaching The Kid Kung Fu In This New KARATE KID Trailer!!

Merrick here...
Sonny has issued a new trailer for THE KARATE KID redux. Some of this material we've seen in the previous trailer, some is new. I'm still not entirely clear on why the kid's learning "Kung Fu" in a movie that has the word "Karate" in the title, as they're completely separate disciplines (Jackie Chan clear says he's teaching Will Smith's kid "Kung Fu" multiple times in this new trailer). Maybe there's a plot machination in the film which accommodates this disparity? More than likely, this is simply a case of the production's marketers wanting to bank on the name recognition of "Karate Kid", accuracy be damned. We'll see when the film hit theaters June 11.

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  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Razzie film nominaton incoming.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    THE 80s MUST DIE!!!

    by LaserPants

    Please, dear god, enough! The 80s were THE WORST decade for mainstream pop culture! PLEASE STOP! PLEASE?!?! (of course, underground 80s culture was arguably the best, but this ain't representative of that.)

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by Ator

    well ok then.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    What's wrong with changing the title to Kung Fu Kid?

    by Karl Childers

    I mean seriously. They really think it's sacrilege to change the fucking title or something?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Apparently it's "Karate Kid"...

    by Kurgan

    ...because Jaden's character knows a little karate, which does him no good against the kung-fu thugs. He might even be derisively called "Karate Kid" by them.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to miss this in the theater

    by Snookeroo

    But then again, I'm not the target demographic.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Okay, not bad.

    by RogueWarrior65

    Liking the high production value and sweeping vistas. But is it just me or are certain ethnic groups all the rage these days? Not that there's anything wrong with choosing a certain ethnicity for a role but why be trendy?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    The 80's for me:

    by zinc_chameleon

    Aliens; The Thing; Predator; Escape from New York; Altered States; Excalibur; BLADE RUNNER; ET; Return of the Jedi...did I mention Aliens?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    I get what you're saying. It's time to see a Back to the Future remake with a Latino and a time machine made out of a Ford Pinto.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by Scottadkinsfist

    This was already explained in a few venues online, but the name refers to the fact that when the bad guys challenge Jayden for the first time, he tries to use karate he learned at the rec center back in the states, and gets his ass kicked badly. The bad guys then nickname him karate kid as an insult. Hence the title.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Doc Brown...

    by SunTzu77

    ...could be Asian... Marty will be Latino... and Biff could be African-American.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    This is crap

    by johnnyg korrupt

    Why couldn't they just get now 50 year old Daniel San to teach his estranged son Karate?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    80's ruled.

    by Sailor Rip

    Regardless of what you think of this film.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Your the Best

    by johnnyg korrupt

    Btw didn't Joe Esposito who did Your the Best - play guitar for Elvis back in the day?....and your talking about culture. I'd take the 80s everything over anything since the mid 90s

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    LOL Scott...

    by SunTzu77

    I hope the Karate Kid part II ends with Jayden getting his ass whooped by a kid trained in Krav Maga... roll credits.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Rumor has it the title will change

    by NinjaRap

    ...but only outside of North America. Word is it's going to be "The Kung Fu Kid" throughout Europe and Asia, and "The Karate Kid" for dumb Americans.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Thumbs down

    by codecrackx15

    A total dis to Chinese culture and Jayden sucks as an actor...well he got the job because Daddy is producing......pathetic.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    They used the original song at the end!

    by Scottadkinsfist

    Anyone notice when Jackie kills the fly they are playing the original montage music sequence from the first Karate Kid? As for the trailer, the kung-fu looks pretty good-I had read that Jayden spend the entire year before filming being trained by Jackie and his stuntmen, so that isn't surprising. I just hope they don't chop edit it to death.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    LOL That song!

    by Foomas

    My roommates and I are always chanting the Best Around song. Funny to hear it at the end of the trailer.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Not too bad actually...

    by topfivevideo

    I mean the original is a classic to me but it doesn't look like they completely destroyed it. Hollywood has done worse before. I definitely love the song at the end... for the life of me I can't think of the name of the song but it's pretty sweet.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by Manufacturing_Comment

    Enough! Enough! Enough! Enough with the remakes already! I don't want to see anything from the 70's, 80, or 90's remade. I'd like to see a percentage of original vs. remade material over the last decade. I'm willing to guess it's about 5% original.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ..when Cobra-Kai hits this TB, but not this movie at all. I will not watch it ever. Fuck you Hollywood and your pointless remakes.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Little Will starting to resemble his dad.

    by blackmantis

    He's got that patented, brow furrowed, slightly confused "Oh, hell no!" reaction down pat.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Remakes: OK; Bad Remakes: Not OK

    by ChicagoRonin

    I'll give Hollywood this much: the idea of remaking a film (even a classic) isn't a bad idea in and of itself. There's a lot of remakes that equal or surpass the originals, or at minimum, establish a viable identity of their own (some examples: The Thing, The Fly, Invasion of the Body Snatchers). However, none of these films do what Hollywood is engaged in nowadays: unimaginatively following the plot beats of the original films and updating the period or production values in an (sometimes counterproductive) manner that adds nothing to the story. I'll even give The Departed Points - I think the original Infernal Affairs is great, but I think Scorsese and company did a fabulous job of taking the original plot and integrating it with both real and fictionalized elements of Boston's Irish criminal underworld.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by Binkysguy

    Dude, you can't make Biff a black guy. That would be racist, stereotypical and insensitive. All bad guys MUST be white. (Sum of All Fears, anyone?)

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Is It Just Me?

    by Br0ken_Finger

    Or did Jackie Chan just tell that child to "jack it off?" This is sick. How low has the man fallen?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Once again, the fucking suits are IDIOTS

    by D.Vader

    Why is he in fucking China? Why not just make it Japan you stupid hacks! Or change the goddamned title. <p> Be SMART for once. You know how to spell it, right? S-M-R-T!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    "daddy"...-"yes son"..."can you buy a me a movie"....

    by theDannerDaliel

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    also , I just saw the whole film. It was a letdown...

    by theDannerDaliel

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    looks pretty cool

    by ominus

    and lets the Will's nepotism argument begin.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I noticed he did look like his dad...

    by emeraldboy

    alright. Will cruise's adopted son look like his adopted dad. with those weird looking eyebrows and manic laugh. Cruise has said that his new daugher wants to act. I am guessing she wont look like either parent. cause niether do micheal jacksons kids.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Will Smiff's kid gotta eat

    by NippleEffect

    better than you ever will

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    What alternate universe are you guys living in?

    by lprothro

    Where minorities have somehow taken over American cinema and white actors are somehow being stereotyped or oppressed. I can't even name a single non-Tyler Perry movie this year that had more than one black actor in a lead role. Chill out losers.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Fuck this movie!

    by vettebro

    Like everyone else said...they blew it with the title. I guess in Will Smith's racist mind there is no difference between Chinese or Japanese. The original "Karate Kid" story still stands up today, and does not need to be remade in any way. No box office money from this family.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Shakes head in shame.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    The more I see of it the more I warm to it. I love the original, but this redo doesn't get my back up. I like Jackie Chan as Miyagi.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    This movie needs 3D! Cause that solves every problem...

    by kravmaguffin

    Will there be a zombie Pat Morita cameo? psi

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    They even say KUNG FU like THREE times in the trailer!

    by D.Vader

    And then still have the audacity to call it "The Karate Kid". <p> I gotta say, the filmmakers here look like ignorant morons when, despite the fact that "KUNG FU!" is mentioned, they manage to screw up and name it "The Karate Kid". <p> Its so moronic. So idiotic. A preschool mistake made by ignorant grown men and women.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Trailer doesn't look bad...

    by ChezKing

    I just wish they would call it KUNG FU KID and drop this karate kid nonsense. It's embarrassing.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    God I Hate That Kid


    Will Smith's sperm should be ashamed of itself

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by rikazodrac

    When Does He Say AWWWW HELLL NAW?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by lprothro

    ...cracked me up with that one, dude.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    He totally DOES look like his dad, esp in the shot where...

    by D.Vader

    He hits Miyagi with both his hands, then looks down in surprise at them. Total dumbfounded Will Smith look.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid name...

    by steppek

    I read one description of the film where the kid had taken some "Karate" in Detroit before moving to China. I am sure the kids make fun of him and Jackie teaches him Kung Fu.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Is Chan's character

    by lprothro

    really going to have the Japanese name Miyagi in this? Are they even gonna bother to explain that?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    Chan is called Mr. Han.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I for one cannot wait for the Direct to DVD knockoff...

    by kravmaguffin

    The Tae Bo Kid... starring C. Thomas Howell as Mr. Myagiberg! psi

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    The Geek in me wants to give this shit

    by seppukudkurosawa

    But I'd have loved this if I were a kid. Although Cop and 1/2 was probably one of my fave movies when I was 11, so I don't have too much faith in what kid Sepp thinks.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    MANZILLA, I award you Post of the day!

    by kravmaguffin

    So far...psi

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Still an extremely LAME reason to call it "KarateKid"

    by D.Vader

    Oooh he knows Karate! <p> Sssssstupid.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    To be fair...

    by Manufacturing_Comment

    They did already remake this in 1989, they just called it Kickboxer then!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Jackie's the best around. Nothin's gonna ever keep

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    him down. Somehow this film is slowly winning me over. As a shamless Karate Kid fan, at first I hated the idea of this thing, but suddenly I'm thinking I might actually buy a ticket. At a matinee. How do I feel about the other Karate Kid flicks? The first one is perfect movie magic. The second one isn't bad; it's a little slow paced, but the idea of a life and death/ no points fight at the end is just different enough to keep me interested. The third one should have never existed as Ralph is clearly too old for the part and the formula is wearing thin. The only interesting element is the "Daniel turns to the darkside" plotline and the rift between student and master. The ending fight is TERRIBLE. Daniel sucks so bad, he only gets one point--from a flip after some bad kata! The Next Karate Kid takes the whole series to the rock bottom and doesn't even look good enough for a made-for-TV Disney movie.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Hate that fuckin' kid

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    It seems wrong to say that I literally hate a kid....but hate that little fucker!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Mr. Han?

    by lprothro

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Enter the dragon homage I take it.

    by lprothro

    I can dig it.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Someone teach him Gun Fu.

    by Dingbatty

    That kid has no charm.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I hated him in the Day the Earth Stood Still remake

    by D.Vader

    WORST MOVIE KID EVER.<p> I mean, they were trying to make him the most annoying kid in the history of film with that one, yes?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Will Smith Jr...

    by samuraiyao

    Guilty pleasure at best, for the new skool they need some sort of miyagi mystic spirit to revive their childhood... All the old skool already had theirs with Macchio and Morita...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by Kal Reeve


  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I can see one potential divisive thing here

    by emeraldboy

    karate is japanese. kung fu is chinese. there will be a massive furore over this in japan. because the name of the film is the karate kid and yet it is shot on location in china. The chinese and the japanese have never forgotten what happened during world war two. Chinese have not and will never apologise for the crimes they committed on japanese pow's during world war 2. japan has forgiven china for what happened and they are waiting for apology. china doesnt apology. so here is a film with a japanese martial art in it and set in china. somebody screwed.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by Kal Reeve

    And that's what it is - a scam! Using the beloved name The Karate Kid to sell a movie that has NOTHING to do with Karate!!! CROOKS!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by Zahaladeen


  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by Kal Reeve

    You will refuse to watch it too!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    The title will kill the film

    by yodaismyhomie

    Most people in America probably don't even know there is a difference between Karate and Kung Fu other than by name. They are different disciplines, and if he taught him Kung Fu while calling it Karate, most people would buy it. But when you call it Kung Fu, the Karate Kid name doesn't work. It will just cause problems. Change the title and sell more tickets. Keep it the same and fail

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Riley Freeman is The Karate Kid!!

    by ZombiesAlive

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Didnt watch the trailer...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ... i like the smith family so i hope the kid succeeds... two things tho, can we get a BAD BOYS prequel? a lil mike laaaaawry and lil marcus barnet solvin the case of who put heroin in the teachers apple (sorry, i watched bb2 yesterday and was reminded how much i like that pair of characters)... and can we get a remake of weird science? get megan fox or some other artificially created girl (just dont put it on usa)

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    So the kid knows some Karate..

    by my liege

    ..gets his ass kicked and then learns Kung-Fu. Because we all know Karate is shit. Brilliant. Anyone else not okay with that?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by SupermanIsMyGod

    Guess what, buddy? ALL MOVIES ARE MADE TO MAKE MONEY!!! I actually liked the trailer. "Dude, I'm from Detroit" And the last bit made me laugh out loud. Why didn't Pat Morita ever just use a flyswatter?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Shirt on....Shirt off

    by thatswhatshesaid

    Don't forget to breath, very important.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Who fucking cares about Karate or Kungfu

    by Ganymede3001

    I don't give a shit. And the millions of people who'll pay to see this shit won't give a fuck either. I like to bitch too, but jesus, somewhere you have to draw the line.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu is just as useless as Karate in a real fight...

    by Galactic

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    If that damn kid was to represent humanity to Klaatu

    by Darksider

    Then we would have been fucking toast.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by BLEST

    Nothing else, just fail.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Emerald Boy

    by Adama77

    More general ignorance on talkbacks. Ever hear of the 'rape of Nanking'? Obviously not. You're saying the Chinese should apologise for war crimes the Japanese have forgiven them noble of them!!! Now when are the Japanese going to ADMIT let alone apologise for the crimes THEY committed?!? I'm not even sure you know what you're talking about anyway. I think you've got the two nations confused. Ironic, no? BTW I really don't think anyone in Japan is gonna give a shit what this film is called. Only people here care.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    When it's a shit movie, who cares what the title is?

    by Royston Lodge

    I mean, really.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Nanking shouldn't have dressed like such a slut.

    by Royston Lodge

    Nanking was totally begging for it. Wearing fuck-me boots and getting drunk like that. Fuckin' slut. Don't go complaining about it afterwards just cuz my dick was so small!!!<p> Uh, oh, wait. Was that out loud? Oh crap . . .

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Put on the jacket...walk out of the theater

    by Xian042

    best lesson from Jackiagi

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    The Word Karate means "Chinese hand," or "martial art from China

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Sometimes - not always, but sometimes Wiki is your friend. <p> "Hypothetically, any unarmed combat system could accurately be called "karate" since the Japanese phrase literally means "empty hand." This is not necessarily an acceptable conclusion. To separate fact from fancy requires understanding issues of nationalism, lineage, primacy, and philosophy. [edit] Chinese Hand Karate was originally written as Chinese hand in kanji. It was later changed to a homophone meaning empty hand. The original use of the word karate in print is attributed to Ankō Itosu. He wrote it with the kanji 唐手:からて (Tang Dynasty hand) rather than the present usage of 空手:からて (empty hand). The Tang Dynasty of China ended in AD 907. The kanji representing it remained in use in Okinawa as a way to refer to China generally.[33] Thus the word karate was originally a way of expressing "Chinese hand," or "martial art from China." Since there are no written records it is not known definitely whether the kara in karate was originally written with the character 唐 meaning China or the character 空 meaning empty. During the time when admiration for China and things Chinese was at its height in the Ryūkyūs it was the custom to use the former character when referring to things of fine quality... It should be noted that use of the written character is possibly linked to the origins of karate from China. [edit] Empty Hand The original use of "Chinese hand," "Tang hand," “Chinese fist,” or "Chinese techniques" (depending on interpretation of 唐手) reflects the documented Chinese influence on karate. The first documented use of a homophone of the logogram pronounced kara by replacing the character meaning Tang Dynasty (唐 から) with the character meaning empty (空 から) took place in Karate Kumite. This is a book by Hanashiro Chōmo (1869–1945) which was published in August 1905. In the early 20th century Japan did not have good relations with China. In 1932 Japan attacked China and occupied its northern territory. At that time referring to Chinese origins of karate was considered politically incorrect.[34] In 1933, the Okinawan art of karate was recognized as a Japanese martial art by the Japanese Martial Arts Committee known as the "Butoku Kai". Until 1935, "karate" was written as "唐手" (Chinese hand). But in 1935, the masters of the various styles of Okinawan karate conferred to decide a new name for their art. They decided to call their art "karate" written in Japanese characters as "空手" (empty hand).[13]"

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    As a jap

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...I dont japan will care bout this movie (they will most likely change the title) and im sure it will do ok over there... they love hollywood and america over there (which i hate), and prob will put lil Will into a commercial for some kid stuff...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    This looks better than I expected but ....

    by JackGraham

    ... everytime I see Jaden raise his arms when he tells his mom "i just wanna go home" i cringe, big time. what i liked about ralph macchio was that he was a bit of an uncool dork, a bit simple shall we say, and he wore army camouflage jumpers, with shoulder pads, and he wasnt very flexible, not like jaden who seems to have the leg stretching ability of a flamingo. not a bad thing.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    You beat me to it. I was actually stunned when I read emerald's post. The Rape of Nanking involved the systematic torture and killing by the Japanese of over 100,000 Chinese in roughly three weeks. Maybe they are a little sensitive. Imagine that.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    that looks fantastic!!

    by antonphd

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    the kids are too small

    by punto

    Miyagi beating up the 16-18 yo kids was bad-ass, Jackie Chan (who is ~15 years younger than Morita was) beating up 13 year olds is just pathetic. He looks like Kramer on that Seinfeld episode where he goes to karate classes with a bunch of little kids. I'd watch the sequel in ~4 years tho.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Yeah, emeraldboy's got it backwards

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Although bringing up the massacre of the Chinese by the Japanese in a Karate Kid talkback is pretty odd to begin with.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The General Audience...

    by Sin_Happens

    Will eat this up with a spoon and fail to realize that Wushu/Kung Fu/Animal styles are traditional of China and not Japan.. To them Karate/Kung Fu is the samething to so many people.. This movie if the rumors of a name change are true will suffer from people then saying "Karate Kid was better than this" because they won't realize it is a remake/reinvisioning.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Didn't Avatar get bashed for the same thing?

    by DieGlazerDie

    Is this the Black Messiah complex?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    i wonder ....

    by JackGraham

    if elizabeth shue is in this, and her knee length socks and pom poms.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    honestly right ....

    by JackGraham

    .... who from america moves to the far east anyway, did his mom get a job transfer with k mart.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Uh, Sin_happens - did you read "Karate" means "Martial art from

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    So, given the historical nature of the word, the producers, whether they know it or not, are not wrong in calling it Karate Kid - even set in China.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Karate menas - Martial art from China

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    all jokes aside i feel that this film will be ....

    by JackGraham

    quite good, but i would have prefered the kid to be older, and i would like to see jaden get his face beaten realy really hard.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by redkamel

    why the fuck would I want to watch 10 year olds fight? they haven't even hit puberty for gods sake, his girlfriends taller than he is. <p> Remember how in the Karate Kid, the characters were teens, basically near a physical peak, growing, learning who they are, and learning to control emotions? Yeah, none of that shit is happening here. These kids look they still think girls are gross and Pokemon is the bomb. <p>Its also hard to be intimidated by "the bad guy" when anyone over 17 can beat him up. I don't care how good you are at kung fu at age 12 and 80lbs, try and fight someone who weighs 2-4 times what you do and you will lose. <p> This movie looks like it could have been good, (and I hate remakes) but they picked the age group for kid$, not for adults. The main character should have been fresh out of college, possibly former athlete with potential and demons on a foreign exchange, and trying to get his head straight.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tast es

    by redkamel

    just cause its defined that way on wikipedia doesn't mean that its the way 99.9% of the world uses it. <p> Hey, lets make a movie called "There's Something Queer About Mary!". According to wikipedia, "queer" originally meant odd or unusual, so we are not in the wrong to call it that.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by redkamel

    "I don't care how good you are at kung fu at age 12 and 80lbs, try and fight someone who weighs 2-4 times what you do and you will lose." <p> I am sure someone will call me a dumbass for that, but in all honesty, just imagine a 12 year old who is good kung fu fighting the local turk at the high school or college. What I am trying to really say is at this age, one blow to the face from most people watching the movie would drop the "great fighter" villain.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Could it be that within the movie the Chan character will say somehing to the effect " Karate was heavily influenced by China?" And that Karate literally means "martial art from China"? And that whatever people may think they know about the meaning of karate, going into the movie, they will get a newer understanding of the word afterwords? And that maybe the producers are hoping to stir up some free PR by having some people talk about what the word means? <p> Nah, on second thought those producers and writers could not possibly be that smart.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    To the ones we want to just go a way!!!!

    by codecrackx15

    Actually add will Smith and his weak progeny to my list of actors we no longer want to see on screen - EVER. Fellow actors are: Mel Gibson, Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover,and Susan Surandon.... More to be announced...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Karate and Kung Fu

    by Hipshot

    1) Undoubtedly, they used the title because of its market value. But the meaning can change: "karate kid" can be a derisive term for him, if he studied a little karate back in Detroit. 2) karate and kung fu are useless in real fights? Horseshit. That's pure ignorance. Do they make you invincible? No. Increase your efficiency? Yes. Are they as "good" as other methods? Depends on the person and the purpose. 3) Did ANYONE act well in "Day the Earth Stood Still"? If not, the problem was the director.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Fuck Will Smith for remaking this movie for his kid..

    by Thanos0145

    to star in. There was no need to remake The Karate Kid.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith will ruin the movie

    by rainbowtrout1265

    In the original, Ralph Macchio was kind of dorky but seemed like a normal kid, and you could root for him. Jaden Smith, however, acts like a punk and I'd root for him to be beaten to a pulp. Jackie Chan doesn't look bad, though.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by Scottadkinsfist

    Once again, knee jerk reactions to a trailer-par for course on this site-but I think Hipshot has it right. The producers have stated that yes, the term Karate Kid in this movie is used to insult Jayden, and for someone here who though the Japanese may have a problem with that, well of course. What's also true is that many Chinese who practice Kung-fu DO believe that Karate is an inferior bastardization of their art. Bruce Lee even stated he didn't care for it. Respected it (that can be debated), but didn't care for it. I hold out hope it may be good, but I've given up long ago on Jackie's american output. Right now the best stuff he's doing is his HK stuff, and he has 3 kick ass projects in the works right now. (Shaolin, Little Big Soldier and Chinese Zodiac, the 3rd film in the Armor of God series.)

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    a film with japanese title..

    by emeraldboy

    set in China. is bonkers.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    God, you whiners.

    by Toonol

    Calling Smith a racist because he doesn't discriminate ENOUGH between Chinese and Japanese? Spittle-projecting rage over the 'karate' in the title, when it's already been explained how that ties into the movie?<p> Geez. Read a bit before you spill your bile.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Pokemon IS the bomb.

    by Royston Lodge

    And girls ARE icky.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    man Chan seems to have done a great job

    by ominus

    as miyagi.i confess,i want to see the film NOW.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    For the Smith haters...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Just curious, is there any black actors or actresses you do like? cuz if people CANT like Will, i fear they cant like him due to his skin tone... and dont say Denzel, i mean he is great and all, but to me is like Colin Powell...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Not a whiner but....

    by Meta

    The idea they claimed why Sony supposedly used "Karate Kid", sounds last minute hacky writing, at best. I bet dollars to donuts, that they must have added anything like that into the script after initial shooting. Perhaps in some closeup pickups or in some ADR looping. And the film should still be called "My Kids' Shit Don't Stink!". Nepotism rules!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Also answer...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...If ya dont like Will, did you vote for Obama? just curious

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Looks ok, the guy sitting on his toes is superfreaky

    by SID 8.0

    I'll give it a shot.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    but i agree its disrespectful for both the

    by ominus

    Japanese and Chinese culture to name the movie as Karate Kid although its about Kung Fu.How the americans would feel if an indian movie named The Baseball Player,was about Cricket?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    HOLLYWOOD HACKS... better title

    by BranMakMorn

    The art of raping without raping.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    If it was called the Waco Kid, but it was in Dallas, would that

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    disrespectful too? I just don't get it. Even after it is explained that the title is derisive, people still bitch about it. He learned some karate in detroit, he got his ass kicked in China. Now he is learning kung fu.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    "Due South" was about a Mountie in Chicago

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    I'll bet Chicagoans - ins, whatever were pretty ticked that they were called 'southerners'. I'll bet southerners wee pretty ticked that mid westerners were called southerners. Or is is just internet geeks who have nothing better to do but bitch and whine about a movie title?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Love Letter to TB's...

    by iammrlegs

    Dear TB's: (first and LAST post ever on my part...If it isn't, I'll be commiting the same sin a lot of you are) I read time and time again, and am amazed by the ENORMOUS amount of negitivity here. Time and time again I see how "hip" and "cool" it is to trash Hollywood about remakes, reboots and whatnot. Allow me to dish out some advice (if you don't want it, skip this post, continue bitching below...) 1- Where is that gun somebody is pointing at you that you MUST watch any movies. Don't agree? Don't watch it. SIMPLE 2-Part of me believes that most of this negitivity comes from frustration, and frustrated dreams. As cold, stupid, and idiotic a Hollywood executive might seem to you by greenlighting a movie your hearts don't agree with? Guess what? They make the call. NOTHING you will ever say or write will stop them from greenlighting a film because, as much as many of you think that Hollywood is "moved" by good products. It AIN'T. They need to make money, in order to afford to make small gems that you WILL agree with. For every "AMERICAN PIE" reboot/sequel/reboot what-freakin'-ever...Somebody, somehow, will greenlight a District 9. Sadly, that's the way it is. But HAPPILY (and I know that most of you don't want to admit it or don't realize it, it is because of big, expensive, blockbuster "crappy" films, every now and then...EEEEEEVERY NOW AND THEN, they're able to afford a gem here and there. And that to me is worth withstanding these studios marketing these films and "putting up" with TV ads and trailers (Poor us....We need to PUT UP with watching and reading about films that you might not even go see. If a TV ad comes up, and it's going to ANGER YOU so much that you need to bitch about it constantly and start insulting anybody, ANYBODY involved with a film, then you may need to focus your attention/anger/bitching etc towards something feasible and something that you might actually have a chance to change (mowing your lawn perhaps). It's ok to bitch about things. I bitch about a lot of things. And it's fine, it's a catharsis. I'm just saying that it's funny to read some of these talkbacks and see how funny it is to see some, SOME, of you get to bent out of shape over something that you have ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER. But hey....Hey...It's OK, you don't HAVE to watch anything you don't want to. Really. Really, really, really. Just remember, for every OCEAN'S 11 (and don't get me wrong, I like Ocean's 11) we get a GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK. For every OCEAN'S 12 (this one not so much) we get a THE GOOD GERMAN. This is in Clooney's case. You get the point. No, I'm not a STUDIO EXEC, if I were I'd be working on rebooting MEET THE DEEDLES. Just an avid reader. Take it easy, don't think too much, don't get bent out of shape over nothing, good movies WILL come. Not all of you want to be filmmakers/writers/whatever, but I'm inclined to say that some,, most of you are. Shift that energy towards writing a screenplay...Life's too short to be bitching about nothin'...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    No Sun Tzu in BTTF 2010

    by evil dead 3d

    Maybe a Ford FUTURA... they'd prolly just use a SYNC or something

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by cuthbert84

    I have no problem with remakes as a concept. I also have no problem with Will Smith wanting to create a star vehicle for his kid. What I resent is yet another classic film being remade for no other reason than it is a known property that will probably make money only on name recognition alone. There is NO chance that this film will have anywhere near the cultural impact as the original. The Karate Kid was as much a product of the time it came out as as it defined that era. Pat Morita's performance was Oscar nominated, and deservedly so. That doesn't need "updating." And calling it The Karate Kid when the trailer CLEARLY indicates that the movie is about Kung Fu solidifies that the intention of the moviemakers is not to create art that moves people, but only to make money on their investment.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    The Waco Kid in Blazing saddles was in jail in Rock Ridge

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    So, he should have changed his name to Rock Ridge Kid,- so he would not offend Rock Ridgians - or talkbackers

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Classic? Karate Kid was very good, but classic?

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    And, how is the first film even remotely effected by a remake? How is your enjoyment of first film even remotely effected by a remake?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Love letter to iammrlegs

    by D.Vader

    Put some space in between your paragraphs by entering < p > (but without spaces between the <and>) so that its easier to read.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Would you people who keep saying that

    by ewokstew

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I wish...

    by SayNoToRemakes

    ...this movie could die so that its soul could burn in hell for all eternity.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan is beating up 10 yr olds stop already

    by ewokstew

    and actually watch what he's doing in the trailer. He's defending himself only. Learn something.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2 p.m. CST


    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    That would just make that shit even longer

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Mr Han!

    by James_O'Nasty

    You dick!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Where's Zabka?

    by JMH1973

    Three observations: 1) the Asian-equivalent Cobra Kai leader looks NOTHING like William Zabka, 2) I guess the remake of KKII will not take place in Okinawa, 3) And yes, it does sound like Chan says "Jack it off" - a line I bet gets cut or relooped prior to release. I would only be interested in this if Chan's "Shanghai Noon" costar Owen Wilson played Kreese.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    It's simple...

    by Steve T

    All of you who think this film is pissing on your childhood: IT'S NOT AIMED AT YOU. I love the Karate Kid as part of my youth, but seriously, Pinkett-Smith would kick Machio's arse. I'm not saying this remake is necessary or will be any good, but so much of the whining on here is bullshit.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    So this is how deep Will Smith's checkbook is

    by ricarleite2

    He doesn't bie his kid a movie. He buys a fucking movie. FUCKER.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by Amadeo Zeller

    Nepotism, really? Well considering that 99.9% of Hollywood's productions are solely "WHITE", how can you or the rest of your "CLOSET" racist ilk cry "NEPOTISM"? STFU, your insecurities are showing.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    No thanks...

    by JunoFallon

    It's not even about me being a purist for the old film, it's just that this looks really pretentious and soulless. Pass...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Iammrlegs, good post

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...I agree wit ya especially when i read bout grown men complainin that a computer graphic character has flames and doesnt look like that toy they still play wit today...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    So it's mix of original Karate Kid with Karate Kid 2.

    by riskebiz

    Seems like they are taking the parts of the first 2 Karate Kid movies to make up this new one. Hmmm ... Netflix.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    The Baseball Kid

    by Gozu

    In which Jaden Smith learns how to be a goalie from Wayne Gretzky.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    They call him the Karate Kid in the film....

    by midgarddragon

    People call the kid "Karate Kid" as a nick name because he learned Karate back home.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    yeah here there is an official synopsis

    by ominus

    of the movie,which explains its title. <p> <p>its what the above guys said,that the kid knew some karate when he was in the USA,so his chinese rival nicknames him the Karate Kid,after he beats him.anyway

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    yeah here there is an official synopsis

    by ominus

    of the movie,which explains its title. <p> <p>its what the above guys said,that the kid knew some karate when he was in the USA,so his chinese rival nicknames him the Karate Kid,after he beats him.anyway

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Jackie: "Wassup, mah nigga?"

    by Triple_J_72

    Had to get that out of the way. ;-)

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    First you say Will Smith just wanted to make a star vehicle for his kid. Next you say that the filmmakers just want to make money. Can't have it both ways, Dude.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Nepotism? So what?

    by Steve T

    If Jeff Bridges says it worked for him, then I'm okay with it!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Kinda like using BATMAN instead

    by BranMakMorn

    ... but it's really a kid who reads Batman comics and goes off to China, beats up a bully and they call him "Batman" because he was wearing a Batman tee shirt. Then he learns kung fu. Cool!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by BranMakMorn

    ... but it's really a kid whose dad liked ETD and goes to China, beats up a bully and they call him "Enter The Dragon" because he was wearing a ETD tee shirt. Then he learns to dance cha cha. Alright I'll stop...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Just a vehicle for Jayden Smith to become famous

    by Colt19801980

    that's all this's very telling that they're disrespecting the original by teaching him Kung Fu and not Karate and that the protagonist is a pre-teen and not an actual teenager. It's obvious since Will Smith is producing, it's designed to be nothing more than a vehicle for his son to become famous. F U C K T H I S R E M A K E

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Steve T...Jeff Bridges is talented

    by Colt19801980

    Jayden Smith is a vacuum of suckdom.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by Amadeo Zeller

    No FUCK YOU! Hollywood and Nepotism has been around since its' inception.<p> Will Smith isn't the first to be guilty of this (alleged) nepotism, and he won't be the last.<p> You can't be the biggest B.O. star to date, and not use a little resources at your disposal to your advantage...Afterall, I don't see this much vitriol directed at Angelina Jolie, Gwennteth Paltrow, Nic Cage, etc, eh?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by Amadeo Zeller

    Jeff Bridges had the opportunity to hone his thespian skills due to his daddy, Lloyd Bridges clout.<p> ...Why begrudge Jaden the same opportunity?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by Steve T

    I've heard he's had one crap and one good performance before this. Also he's a bloody kid! Perhaps give him a chance to learn?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST least they threw "Your the Best" at the end.

    by Mike_D

    nice nod.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Kung Fu Fighting

    by Mr_Satan

    Is going to be remade by Will Smith, you all know it's going to happen. He's going to ruin the song like he ruins every other song. God I hate his rapping prowess. And I would hate on Jayden as a no talent little kid to his face. Now I'm afraid a little kid can beat me up thanks to being taught Kung Fu by Chan.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Amadeo Zeller

    by Colt19801980

    I dont care how long nepotism has been still sucks when you shit all over a classic feel good flick just to make your snot-nosed kid a famous celeb.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Steve T

    by Colt19801980

    maybe, but why shit all over a remake just for your kid...? Give him an original property to make his own. That's why Im upset about it. If they're going to remake a classic just to make his kid famous, I have the right to curse them to high heaven and boycott the movie.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Ok I will give them credit for two things...

    by Cinemanimetal

    Jackie Chan with a mustache and the use of "You're the best" by Joe "The Bean" Esposito!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Amadeo Zeller

    by Colt19801980

    You really think Jayden Smith is going to be as talented as Jeff Bridges? Nobody can learn how to be a brilliant actor, you either have it or you just allows you to control it more. Sure he's a kid, and I dont mind giving him chances, but why shit all over a great classic to do it? Put him in a fucking TV series that nobody cares about so he can hone his skills, if that's the intent.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by ebonic_plague

    I bought one of those Sonny Jogmans when they came out... damn thing ate my Kajagoogoo tape!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Now this is the story all about how...

    by thound3

    My kid got flipped turned upside down and I'd like to take a minute just sit and relax... while I tell you how much my son can't act

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    So after reading all of these posts

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>I'm confused about something. What does everyone REALLY think about them using the title Karate Kid when Jackie Chan says Kung Fu a bunch of times?</p> <p>Also, do you think it might be nepotism for Will to cast his own son in the lead? Or do you think he just got sick of hearing the boy say "Dad! Buy me a movie! Dad! Buy me a movie!" over and over and over again.</p> <p>And what about this whole 'The Karate Kid' title thing??</p> <p>All that being said, I like seeing Jackie Chan in this, utilizing his skills in martial arts and comedy. Looks like he's having fun and he's an excellent successor to Pat Morita's Mr.Muyagi.</p>

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy what the fuck are you talking about?

    by ominus

    the japs should apologize to the chinese not the opposite.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    The Baseball Kid (updated synopsis)

    by Gozu

    Before traveling to Canada, Jaden Smith had played baseball a couple times and was pretty good at it but those skills are useless in the frozen north, so Wayne Gretzky (playing a Zamboni guy) teaches him how to play hockey. And kung fu.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Lots of movies just re-use a not-accurate title

    by Adelai Niska

    Karate Kid, Bad Liuetenant, <p> ...Star Wars...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Shouldnt it be "The KungFu Kid"?

    by PushingMongo

    If its re-set in China, with JC...I demand a re-name.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by DickBallsworth

    I come from great ancestor of samurai.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tast es

    by redkamel

    1. Jackie Chan explaining the definition of karate in the movie and educating the movie going public and that makes kung-fu instead of karate ok? Just imagine that scene for a second. The derisive name is a far more likely explanation, as you seem to agree, and is also a stupid way to tie in the title while making fun of the original karate kid by needlessly implying that Ralph would get beat by a kung fu character. <p> 2. Heres how remakes shit on the originals; they ruin the memory. Taking Karate Kid as an example, even thought I think the flick might be... OK, but sure as hell no Karate Kid. Here goes: <p>Everytime I want to watch Karate Kid now, I have to listen to people ask if its "the new one". My little cousins will think the new one is "better" because its "new". I will have to see advertising with its name. I will have to call it "The original Karate Kid", inconveniencing me for no reason. There will be debates about which one is better, which is totally unneccesary. They will be compared to each other. I can go on and on. Thats why I hate shitty remakes. Just call it "A Kung Fu journey" and end it. Its like someone making a cartoon of something you love and telling you its going to be just as good. <p> 3. Mr. New Karate Kid defender, any input on little kids fighting? Jayden looks about as feminine as his love interest. I hope they HOLD HANDS! <p> BTW before this degenerates further, what exactly is your stance on the movie? I personally think it looks ok, but it sure as hell should not be called Karate Kid.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by Amadeo Zeller

    GTFOH! When did THE KARATE KID become akin to remaking CITIZEN KANE?<P> It's Goddamn remake of a cheesy 80's popcorn movie! - Nothing more, nothing less...Hell, it's not even marketed to the viewing consumption of anyone over 15 years old.<p> In all probability, the sole purpose of its' summer release is an alternative, so parents can bring their tykes to, as opposed to all the over the top fare, like Iron Man 2 and such.<p> Stop using the ol' "IT'S A CLASSIC" to mask the fact you're pissed off that the casting of a "NON-STATUS QUO" actor, (i.e. BLACK) in the lead is making you feel threatened and disenfranchised.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by Amadeo Zeller

    "You really think Jayden Smith is going to be as talented as Jeff Bridges?"<p> LOL! That's most irrational question thus far, asked on this particular thread...How can you gauge whether this child's acting skills will or will not supercede Jeff Bridges acting skills? He's 11 or 12 years old for Christ sakes!<p> Please desist in allowing your own irrational prejudices to circumvent your common sense and intelligence.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST


    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    First of all, I do not think this little back and forth has degenerated at all. Secondly, I am in favor of the movie. Remakes do not scare me nor do they impact my enjoyment of the original at all. I think you were straining pretty hard to come up with a reason why. Did you see WOTW with Cruise? Did you see the original? Did it make you like the original less? Most people thought the remake of WOTW was inferior to original - especially that lame ass ending. Are you afraid the remake will be superior? What if it is? So what? What if some people like it more than original? So what? As long as your appreciation of the original is left unchanged - and I see no legit reason why a remake can impact your love of an original if you really love the original, then who cares?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Way to be literal, numb nuts

    by somecasper

    Karate is Japanese Kung Fu. Though there are differences, Kung Fu is the pure Chinese version of Karate. The words even mean the same thing. Two countries, two languages, same basic discipline.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Wait the Karate Kid is learn Kung Fu??

    by SlowBurn

    Seriously, WTF? Failure...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Can't anyone be honest enough...

    by Hipshot

    To admit that Jaden looks immensely better than Ralph Macchio as a martial artist? Come on! If you can't give the kid props for actually looking as if he can move his body, I am suspect about your actual motivations for criticising him. How about a little credit? Macchio never ever looked actually fit. What is your real complaint, here?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Star Wars wasn't exactly about Stars Warring


  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tast es

    by redkamel

    I think it will be an ok movie; I didn't know much you were in favor of the movie though. And I think all my arguments are pretty valid. I basically just don't think it should be called the Karate Kid. "Protagonist gets beat up, meets old guy, trains in martial art, then returns to win" isn't that original <p> I did watch War of the World, but I haven't seen the original (which I should). I have read the book, so I'll just use that. WOTW with Cruise didn't change my opinion of the book. But I thought it was pretty close to the book. Were the Aliens from Venus? No. Did it explain how and why they came? Not really, just like the book (If I remember right). Was there red weed, and Ddd they die from earth disease? Yes. <p> had cruise and spielberg made war of the worlds where Venusians came, attacked with hoverods, then Cruise stole a hoverpod and beat some aliens up, only to find they were dying from earth disease , and then told humans to smash the windows of their vehicles to kill Vensuias, yes I would be unhappy. Just like how New Karate Kid looks like it is not a teen who learns Karate so he can be confident in life and defeat his enemies, who are actually dangerous. It looks like a child who learns kung fu so he can learn to be confident in a new country and defeat a school yard bully. Its close, but no cigar. <p> My problem isn't that it might be better, its that it looks like it takes the name of something, but really misses key points. For example , no Karate is a big miss if you want to call a movie the karate kid remake. Little kids is also a big miss in a movie that dealt with coming to terms with responsibility and growing up..although little kids can do so, I don't think it has quite the meaning as a young adult doing so. <p> I am not afraid of remakes and reboots. Its a fine line to walk when trying to put your own directors spin on something, but also stay true to the original. But there has to be a real love for the source material if you want to make a real reboot or remake. I don't see that this in movie, or in the trailer, so they shouldn't call it Karate Kid. A few jokes and easter eggs does not a remake make. Catching a fly with a flyswatter is a laugh, but shows the attitude towards the original. In the original it gave some insight into the character. It thins one, its a cheap laugh. If it does give insight, its that Mr. Han doesn't compare to Mr. Miyagi in terms of skill or philosophy. They can call it whatever they want. I'll probably still check it out as a matinee if I am bored. Its not like the Original Karate Kid was great masterful piece of film, but it was something many people love, so cheapening with a remake that misses the whole point of the movie DOES make for unhappy fans. <p> I had the same problem with Transformers. Bay just cuts/changes important parts to the original story or mythos. They can change alt-form at will, but mass shifting is "not real". Megatron is hulking brute with no brains. All TFs can become comets. etc etc. Besides the names all he really kept were "robots become vehicles".Its like he based it on something based on something that was based on Transformers...instead of just basing it on Transformers like all the other re-tellings and stories. Holy shit that was a long TB.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Billions of Chinese will not take kindly to this. You heard it here first.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Amadeo Zeller

    by Colt19801980

    I never compared Karate Kid to Citizen just invalidated your entire argument because you keep adding hyperbole to my posts. No thanks.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    In Japan,

    by Chief Joseph

    the Karate Kid movies were renamed "Best Kid". (I don't know why that was done.) This one can be Shin Best Kid or something.<br><br> As for Jaden, I've never seen him in anything, so help me out on his alleged suckitude. Does he suck worse than Jake Lloyd?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, midnight CST


    by Terracotta you can stop writing, "I'm still not entirely clear on why the kid's learning 'Kung Fu' in a movie that has the word 'Karate' in the title, as they're completely separate disciplines," here is the movie synopsis from the official website: "12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life." It's actually a clever way of alluding to the 80's original, while presenting it as something new (obvious plot themes notwithstanding). You would've thought that a movie buff like yourself would take 30 seconds to find the answer to your question about the title.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    P.S. Merrick...

    by Terracotta

    ...step your game up.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST


    by Chief Joseph

    Kids also derisively called Daniel-san "Karate Kid" in the original, is that why the original had that title?<br><br> It's just a lame Hollywood attempt to justify the title after the fact that they changed the whole setting.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Ease up, Merrick...

    by TheBLIGHT

    Dude we get it. MARKETING The Karate Kid is what the PRODUCERS wish to do. The trailer has a good message, I will take my kids to see it based on THAT. Lets take a 'Snark; break. Many of use Geeks are now 'Daddies' and its good to show our kids such things... Peace.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    so far, the talkback is relatively racism-free

    by SirBiatchReturns

    which is a good thing.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    I just realized that...

    by Chief Joseph

    ...inserting this "explanation" for the title into the flick-- that Jaden starts out knowing karate-- will probably be insulting to Karate practitioners (and to the Japanese). You've got a movie called "The Karate Kid" where the star uses karate to get his ass kicked only to get good by using Kung Fu.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I wish race wouldn't come into

    by Chief Joseph

    the discussion every time this movie is brought up.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:38 a.m. CST

    so sweet - daddy bought his son a movie...


  • Feb. 25, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by Media Messiah

    To hell with Will Smith!!!

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    "Jack et Off"

    by SirGaryColeman

    How is that line still in the movie? I'm sure Jackie Chan had to go back in for ADR for the whole effin movie and I'm surprised they didn't rephrase that line. It's gonna get me to see it, though.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST

    I don't care what they call the film ...

    by grendel san

    After watching this trailer, I think this movie is still going to suck. But it will probably do well at the box office, as many family themed movies do. Lord knows I'm not dropping the 20 bucks (when all is said and done) to catch this movie in the theatre.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST


    by etantao

    Sure it does look pretty and perhaps it will be better than expected... but what the fucking was the need to remake it?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid vs. Hit Girl

    by Tarant

    Because there can only be one. And I think we all know which one that is.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Remember the KARATE KID cartoon?

    by Jubal_Early

    Man, that sucked ass. I'm barely old enough to recall it, but I do remember that it was terrible. But, while we're on the subject of 80s films turned cartoons (because I just brought it up) remember how rated R films also used to get their own cartoons? Like Conan and Robocop? They don't do that anymore. Everything's going "flacid", can't have those kids watching cartoons that inspire them to watch the rated R source material. And remember how Garfield used to say things like "Whoever invited Christmas trees oughta be drug out into the street and shot"? Yeah, he said that kind of shit all the time in the 80s. Now, a movie version of him is suddenly saying things like "Oh yeah, I'm officially walking the dog." Everything's emasculated. Anyways...we're all just floating...

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    A movie i'll not see

    by AsimovLives

    Really, who fucking thinks this movie has any interest? Others then Will Smith's ass-slaves?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    I said it before and I'll say it again.....

    by amrisharmpit

    As much as I think this new version is going to surpass the original in terms of sheer production value, I still think the film is going to hinge on the non-fighting scenes, especially the performances of Jackie and Jayden. The original KK was a lot more than a movie about karate.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    no i dont think thats the case dasher

    by ominus

    both movies will have content,the difference will be that the new KK will be more about the philosophy of KK and how you apply this to your life. <p>The original KK imho was not that much about the philosophy of Karate,rather than how a kid through karate or rather through his master,learned important lessons about life and grew up.i think the new KK will be more similar to KK3,than KK1,because as someone above said the confrontation of life is different between a kid living in a foreign country and a teen becoming a man in his country.the themes are different,so they will be treated differently following the same classic formula of master teaching his student.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I'm starting to like this....

    by drunkenmonkey73

    I really like the original Karate Kid, and I won't be making any comparisons with this movie. They very seperate movies as far as I am concerned. My only gripe , which seems to be everyones, is the title. Karate belongs in the 80's. This movie is all about Chinese martial arts. Kung FU Kid sounds much better.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Will Smith is a good black actor?

    by SunTzu77

    You're nuts. Morgan Freeman (Se7en, The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven), James Earl Jones (East Side/West Side, Field of Dreams, The Great White Hope, Cry the Beloved Country), Denzel Washington (Glory, Training Day, American Gangster), Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, The Defiant Ones) and Halle Berry (Monster's Ball), Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It, The Matrix, Mystic River)? Yes. Will Smith (Wild Wild West, Bad Boys, Independence Day)? Hell no.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Conan(I refuse to call him Coco)...

    by HapaPapa72

    Told me not to be cynical. And negative thoughts can lead to an early grave(so watch out, 85% of talkbackers). I think this looks okay. This doesn't look like anyone raping my childhood. This looks like someone actually took my childhood out for dinner first and at least tried to make an effort. I love Jackie. I'll give it a shot.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe and Emerald Boy

    by Rallas_Ironfist

    Kobe, I get what your trying to say but none of your examples are in anyway comparable and. This thing goes way beyond uptight geeks and is going to piss a lot of people off. During World War II, Japan committed some of the worst War Crimes ever commited by man. I'm talking about things on par with Nazi Germany. The difference is Germany has done everything it can to distance itself from the Nazi movement and WWII history. While Japan has built museums WWII museums and shrines in which the worst offenders in the war are praised as national heroes. Now its true that Japan has apologized. But at the same time several presidents including just a few years ago have gone to these shrines to honor these war criminals and have made questionable statements on the suject. And there's still a huge nationalistic sector of the population who celebrates these guys to the point of altering history books. Anyways the Point is that because of this chinese people have a serious grudge against Japan. I've know many chinese from living there, and they hate it how we attribute chinese things like bonzai trees and such to Japan instead of China where they originated. This is way worse, Karate may mean chinese hand in japanese. But it has no meaning in Mandarin. Expect contraversy if they don't change this. BTW Emerald you are clearly insane if you really beleive that China committed serious war crimes against Japan or that there is any groups demanding china apologize.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Hey Jubal_Early, totally forgot about that!!!

    by James_O'Nasty

    KARATE KID! <GONG!> And from Elvis Presley, "Kara" means "open," "te" means "hand," Kara-te."

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    And oh yeah...

    by HapaPapa72

    AT least it's not in 3-D.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by Steve T

    Yeah you have the right to dislike the idea of them remaking a film you hold dear to you. But you could probably be a little more rational about it. It's not like they're putting flames on Optimus Prime. What? They did? Mother fuckers!

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Is Jack Black and Anne Hathaway in this too?!?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Will Smith a good black actor?

    by Hipshot

    He is a good actor. He happens to be black. Is he a great actor? No, but he's done fine, fine work, and been acknowledged by his peers for having done so. Do you ask if Sean Penn is "a good white actor"? If not, check your attitude.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    And Karate means...

    by Hipshot

    both "China hand" and "Open" or "Empty" hand depending on how you interpret it. Kung Fu (or "Gung Fu") means roughly "hard work" or "accomplished technique." So technically, the martial use of the term would be "Kung Fu Wu Shu" ("accomplished martial technique"). I love the fact that the Macchio lovers (and I loved the original film. My instructor was one of the judges in the final tournament scene) can't deal with the fact that their boy was a spaz. Jaden can actually move. Strange how suddenly that doesn't matter to anyone. I wonder why..?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Change the title's embarrassing

    by Monkey_King

    KUNG FU KID get it straight

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    SunTzu77 are you serious?!?!?

    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    Denzale: Virtuosity, Training Day, John Q, Book of Eli. I think if you dig back far enough you can twist this any way you want.

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Re-read all the posts slowly.

    by SunTzu77

    If you read the posts way up - my post deals with lprothro and a few others insinuating your racist if one feels Smith is not a "good actor." So, I named good black actors. Lprothro stated that besides Tyler Perry he couldn't think of black actors who have helmed a major motion picture. Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle, etc. have all helmed a flick. Traitor... Hotel Rwanda... Pride... Dreamgirls... Ray... The Book of Eli... Lakeview Terrace... Coach Carter... The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3... Things We Lost in the Fire... Catwoman... Gothika... 10 Items or Less... I could go on and on.

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    The most under represented class in Hollywood are probably Latinos and Asians.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    The Karate Kid

    by FanofJackieChan

    I found a related article : <a href="">Jackie's Chan's Karate Kid</a></p>

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    The Karate Kid

    by FanofJackieChan

    Search"Jackie Chan vs Bruce Lee" on squidoo, you will find something wonderful.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    That was cool

    by orcus

    But without any props, JC would not be able to fight