The Karate Kid

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It may not be as powerful as the 1984 edition, but the 2010 Karate Kid delivers a surprisingly satisfying update on the original.

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When his mother's career results in a move to China, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) finds that he is a stranger in a strange land. Though he knows a little karate, his fighting skills are no match for Cheng, the school bully. Dre finds a friend in Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a maintenance man who is also a martial-arts master. Mr. Han teaches Dre all about kung fu in the hope that Dre will be able to face down Cheng and perhaps win the heart of a pretty classmate named Mei Ying.

Cast & Crew

Jaden Smith
Dre Parker
Taraji P. Henson
Sherry Parker
Wenwen Han
Meiying
Zhensu Wu
Meiying's Dad
Zhiheng Wang
Meiying's Mom
Jared Minns
Dre's Detroit Friend
Shijia Lü
Liang
Dany Wolf
Executive Producer
Susan Ekins
Executive Producer
Sanping Han
Executive Producer
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  • Oct 23, 2016
    Spoiler, there is no karate. The Karate Kid remake took a revisionist approach by bringing the characters to China, with Jackie Chan as the master this time (and a unemphatic back story). The plot and dialogues are as ridiculous as you might have expected, but it was not too bad for a propaganda film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2015
    Jackie Chan`s Movie are just Awesome. I really liked the Jacket "philosophy" Turn weakness in to your strenght.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2012
    Not a bad remake, Jackie Chan was really the only option to play the trainer, Very slow in places, The fights were done well, Jaden Smith does well but the film itself isn't anything special and overlong.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2012
    Respectable remake of the classic film of the same name, The Karate Kid is an entertaining, fun film for the entire family. The movie was enjoyable, but there were many things that I didn't like. The choice of the lead actor being Jaden Smith was questionable and I found him more annoying than anything. I personally feel that another actor could have played his part. I mean really, the kid's acting is horrible. A performance that really stood out for me was that of Jackie Chan, I really am not a fan of his work, and he was wonderful here. He finally was able to make a good film after a few years doing bad ones. The fight scenes are great, very well done and intense as well. Although the film suffers from the usual remake aspects, such as not being able to capture the essence of the original, this is still a good flick, and it is very entertaining, but the original is far better. The direction is good, but never great, and the plot does leave a lot for improvement. I really liked the fact that the film was set in China, and it added an authentic flavor to the Karate Kid, which is what stands out the most about the film. Overall this is a fun, worthwhile film that succeeds just enough where most remakes fail. Even with all its flaws, the film does have an important message, standing up for yourself, and it makes you feel good as the lead character gets even by defining himself and defeating his bully in a karate tournament. Even with Smith's annoying performance, the film has enough good elements to make it worth seeing.
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