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Check Out Some Martial Arts Flicks and Win a Karate Kid Blu-ray

Hi, AICN Anime's Scott Green here with something not anime related, but still pretty cool.

This week, Sony Movie Channel (DISH Network channel 386, DIRECTV HD CH 563, AT&T U-verse CH 1791) announced a March slate of martial arts movies, including “3 Ninjas: Kick Back,” “3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up,” “The Legend of The Red Dragon” and “The Next Karate Kid”.

Legend of the Red Dragon (1994) is particularly noteworthy for genre geeks - the movie directed by Triad crossed Wong Jing (Royal Tramp) and The Seven Little Fortunes veteran Corey Yuen (Transporter movies) movie, also known as The New Legend Of Shaolin, features Jet Li as Shaolin trained rebel Hung Hei-gun - who married the daughter of Fong Sai-yuk, another Shaolin figure played by Li in the 90's.

To mark the programming slate, AICN has two Blu-rays of the Jaden Smith Karate Kid to give away. Win one of the Blu-rays by sending an e-mail with the subject line "Karate Kid" and your postal address to by March 15th.

“Legend Of The Red Dragon” (R)
A rebel joins forces with five Shoalin masters to wreak vengeance against those who killed his family.
Starring: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Deannie Yip, Jing Wong

March 8 at 1:50am (EST)
March 12 at 7:30pm (EST)
March 13 at 2:10am (EST)
March 16 at 3:05 am (EST)

“3 Ninjas: Kick Back” (PG) airs Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 10pm (EST)
Colt, Rocky and Tum Tum go to Japan to rescue their grandfather from an old enemy bent on revenge.
Starring: Victor Wong, Max Elliott Slade, Sean Fox, Evan Bonifant, Dustin Nguyen, Sab Shimono, Carolyn Junko King

Re airs:
March 9 at 1:05am
March 10 at 6:45am
March 12 at 7:15 am
March 12 at 2:20pm
March 12 at 10:55pm
March 14 at 9:20am
March 15 at 11:45am
March 24 at 2:45pm
March 27 at 7:20am

“3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up” (PG-13) airs Wednesday March 9, 2011 at 10pm (EST)
Rocky, Colt and Tum Tum take on a ruthless businessman who's dumping toxic waste on tribal lands.
Starring: Chad Power, Victor Wong, Charles Napier, Michael Treanor, Max Elliott Slade, Crystle Lightning

Re airs:
March 10 at 1:25am
March 12 at 8:55am
March 12 at 2:00pm
March 13 at 12:35am
March 15 at 1:35pm
March 17 at 4:30pm
March 24 at 4:25pm
March 29 at 8:55am

“The Next Karate Kid” (PG) airs Thursday March 10, 2011 at 10pm (EST)
A teenage girl struggles to balance the trials of high school, the discipline of martial arts, and the thrill of her first romance.
Starring: Hilary Swank, Constance Towers, Michael Ironside, Chris Conrad, Pat Morita

Re airs:
March 11 at 1:45am
March 12 at 10:30am
March 12 at 5:35pm
March 13 at 3:40am
March 14 at 11:00am
March 16 at 9:35am
March 18 at 3:55pm
March 27 at 10:50am
March 29 at 10:35am
March 30 at 1:10pm

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  • March 8, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by kittenmittens

  • March 8, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    KarateKid does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Please send ME the names of the winners of Jaden Smith's Karate Kid, and i'll send them a letter of condolence!

  • March 8, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Aw cobes....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    you just need to take off your jacket....put it on the peg.....take it off the peg....put in back on....take it off.....drop it....pick it up.....put it on the peg............ Hey, look!!! The Great Wall of China!! **Looks around for gun**

  • March 8, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    martial arts flicks???

    by matchesmalone2380

    only legend of the Red Dragon counts. 3 ninjas and the next karate kid, does not.

  • March 8, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    oh wow

    by JaredP

    then i can go hang myself after watching jaden smith douche it up with his ham acting

  • March 8, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Fuzzy, yeah that whole sponsored by the Chinese Tourist Board thing stood out a mile didn't it. I've heard of product placement before but that was a whole new level. Yes, I did finally crack and watch nu KARATE KID a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't a terrible movie, in fact it was pretty well put together and for a child actor Jaden Smith was decent enough in the role. But it was a good 20-30 minutes too long, and the decision to make the protagonists bonafide children rather than kids made the fights a little weird. It copied the original beat for beat, but never once imho bettered it. Plus hearing the evil sensi refer to his 'studio' rather than his dojo was just WRONG!

  • March 8, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I THOUGHT that might wrankle you a bit!

    by Fuzzyjefe

    No "Sweep the leg!" either. Total amateurs.

  • March 8, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    The Karate Kid remake did all the right things

    by LLcruize2

    It took the premise of the original, put a modern spin on it and did not try and patronize the audience. It is an example of how to remake a film the right way. Smith had moments of brilliance sprinkled with some awkward moments. That is to be expected given his age. All in all, he has come a long way with his acting. He and Chan had a great chemistry. Chan was fantastic. No disrespect to Macchio and Morita, but Smith and Chan being able to physically fill their roles made the movie much more believable. Smith's "Dre" character had raw talent and Chan's "Mr Han" was able to focus and channel it through his discipline and training. The training sequences are fantastic. Of course the tournament is a lot of fun to watch. This is an area where they took what was done in the original and brought it up to date in a great way. The final confrontation has all the excitement that the original had and is the only time I have been in a theater when the audience came out of its seat with a cheer when Smith's character rose to the occasion. The final respect to Mr Han is a far superior ending, in my opinion, to the original. If I had one nitpick with the original is that the end was too abrupt. That was a consistent complaint back in the day and a reason why the sequel started off at the end of the first so that full resolution with the the Cobra team and master was resolved. No such need with the remake, we get a fully satisfying end. The antagonistic this go around was far more real and menacing. Johnny was OK for the 80's, but today, that kind of pretty-bad-boy character just doesn't work as a villain. The young man who played "Cheng", Zhenwei Wang, was far more menacing and you truly believed he wanted to hurt Smith's character. The scene that seals the deal for this film is when Dre consoles a shaken Mr. Han. It is a mirror of the scene from the original when Daniel finds out about Mr. Miagi's past and also their bonding scene. This scene from the remake packs the emotional punch of those two scenes and then some. Again, it pays homage to the original, yet gives it a whole new identity. Wish more remakes were this good.

  • March 8, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez

    by JaredP

    how can you not have seen red dawn? the movie is twenty five years old


  • March 8, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Remake American Ninja

    by Crewman Number Six

    We need a new dudikoff

  • March 8, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    AICN, you're still promoting this garbage, crooked "remake"?

    by The Krypton Kid

    I wouldn't use a Blu-Ray disc of that trash as a coaster, let alone put it in my Blu-Ray player. The "remake" is nothing but soulless, charmless crap, made simply to fashion a star vehicle for Will Smith's kid. If it was called "The Kung Fu Kid" it would just be a bad movie, but as "The Karate Kid" it is nothing more than crooked exploitation of an iconic film.

  • March 8, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Sorry llcruize2 , but you are a stupid mother fucker

    by Mel

    The Karate Kid remake was one of the biggest steaming piles of shit in film history, if you can even call it that. The antagonist was fucking AWFUL. He was a carbon copy of Johnny without any sort of human side or believability. When Johnny hands Daniel the trophy at the end - you believe it. When the Jap guy does - you dont believe it. its laughably stupid. The kids just a jerk. No realism whatsoever. No reason, he just mean for the sake of being mean. Johnny god dumped by Allie and hes pissed off that Daniel is moving in on his territory. It makes perfect sense. What doesnt make sense is that everyone in Japan can speak English and a butt-ugly asian chick is attracted to a juking and jiving negro who breakdances in front of her....after he plays basketball. LOL. What? no watermelon eating contest to seduce her??? Then you've got the terrible fight scenes where a kick sends you flying 20 feet. A bunch of preteens attacking a kung fu master (lololol), and the whole cobra thing was hilariously retarded (let me guess, they did this because of the COBRA Kai which is fucking stupid but also hilariously retarded again) The movie is a carbon copy of the original with much worse writing, acting, and scenes. How can you fucking say they "modernized" it? That makes no sense and no one seems the need to explain what that even means. They go to fucking China....and he BREAK DANCES. How fucking modern is that? People like you who like the original need to die. Seriously. It is a fucking pile of steaming shit, and if you think its good then you have an agenda. Maybe you just think everything Jackie Chan does is great, or you're a sucker for caved in chinese girl faces....or you're just mentally retarded. Which is it?

  • March 8, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    3 Ninjas

    by pikazerox

    Loved the first two as a kid, good silly stupid shit that a kid would and should love. Never saw the 3rd one, but saw bits of a 4th one with Hulk Hogan and Jim Varney at an amusement park. What the fuck was that.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Saw The Thing last weekend and its STILL kickass!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    The effects weren't cheesy and they hold up goddamn well! So any motherfucker who tells you the effects are weak compare today is a lying, sack of shit!!!

  • March 8, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    The fanedit is better...

    by Kevinicus

    It gets rid of a lot of the crap with the girl and his mom so the movie can focus on Dre and Mr. Han. It also uses the correct title of "The Kung Fu Kid"

  • March 8, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Young Dragons was way better than 3 Ninjas

    by MinderThr33

    Even as a kid, I knew that 3 Ninjas was just a cheap ripoff of Young Dragons.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    The Jaden Smith KK is a disaster on every level

    by veritasses

    They clearly had no clue what made the original a classic. No clue. None.

  • March 9, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid

    by Hipshot

    Was terrific. Saw the original, loved it but didn't believe for a moment Macchio was capable of doing the things he did. Simply not an athlete, while he is a nice actor. Jaden knocked it out of the park. Martial arts better? Check. Exploration of another culture? Check. Jackie Chan's best English-language role and performance? Check. Charismatic and athletic performance by lead? Check. Touching romance? Check. Best remake in years? Yeah, I'd say so. I have nothing at all against the original (my karate instructor was actually in it, briefly, during the tournament scenes. Cool to see him looking so young...) but the new one blows it away.

  • March 9, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    The KK remake was shit!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Jaden Smith still a terrible actor? Check. Jackie Chan playing a supporting role again? Check. Will Smith showhorning his kid into an already establish franchise? Check. Dialouge and story copy from the original? Check. China Tourism Board getting a check? Check. Idiot parents taking their dumb kids to see this shit? Check.

  • March 9, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    hollywood hellraiser...

    by Hipshot

    So sad that there are no objective measures of quality. We'll just have to agree to disagree, and KK can limp along with 180 million dollars on a production budget of 40, worldwide acclaim, far better martial arts than the original, and a guaranteed sequel. Hardly seems enough. If only there was an objective standard for movie quality! But there isn't, so our votes kind of cancel...but there are still all those millions of fans worldwide. Sigh. Nothing to be done, nothing to be done... Check