The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

DVD - 2005
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Daniel, a fatherless teenager, arrives in Los Angeles from the East and faces the difficult task of making friends. He becomes the object of bullying by a gang of karate students when he strikes up a relationship with Ali, the gang leader's ex-girlfriend. Daniel asks Miyagi, a master of martial arts, to help him learn karate. Daniel then prepares himself both mentally and physically for the fight of his life.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Pictures, [2005]
Edition: DVD.
ISBN: 9781404973800
Branch Call Number: ACTION 791.43652 KARATE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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This 80's classic is perfect for older teens and families altogether. Watch Daniel's (Ralph Macchio's) transformation from the bullied new kid to karate hero, thanks to a little help from martial arts master, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita).

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Aug 02, 2020

In real life, any instructor like instructor Kreese should have his/her Si-Fu title and license to instruct students revoked. Teaching & ecouraging abuse of power is NOT acceptable in martial arts - no honor. Remove Kreese, corrupted instructor, from this story then the rest of the movie with Pat Moriati & Ralph Machio is inspiring. The antagonist may be a corrupt student. I wish this world had more Mr.Miagis.

Apr 26, 2019

An American classic that I've been meaning to see. Upbeat tale about a transplanted Jersey Boy who gets met with bullying from the (mostly blonde) California beach kids. The unassuming apt handyman turns out to be a gifted karate teacher who takes the boy under his wing. Occasionally hokey but also notable for its sweetly innocent love story, with Elizabeth Shue playing the rich girl who defies her parents and packs her own punch.

An 80's classic, and just a great movie overall. Wax on, wax off!

VaughanPLDavidB Sep 30, 2018

On the surface this appears to be a run of the mill teen/martial arts movie, but it is far more. Daniel is a bullied teen, unwillingly transplanted from New Jersey to Los Angeles when his single mother gets a new job. Mr Miyagi, the building maintenance man, becomes his reluctant karate teacher, then mentor, and ultimately his best friend, as unlikely as that might seem between a teenage boy with a chip on his shoulder and a Japanese-American war veteran with a painful past. Karate Kid II was an adequate sequel, where more of Miyagi's past is revealed, but the most worthy successor is the Cobra Kai series on YouTube Red.

I enjoyed the movie. Ralph and Pat did a good job acting. Recommended.

Feb 04, 2018

Classic 80's movie.

Jul 20, 2016

This movie here has a special place in most of our hearts and will always be considered a classic. As one of the true 80’s icons it becomes apparent than not many people haven’t seen this movie, only exceptions being the young kids that grew up with Jaden smith as their Daniel san. Scenes from this movie prove to be unforgettable and always referred to in pop culture wether it be in music, comedy, internet, movies, or anywhere else. The amount of excitement one feels when witnessing the conclusion of all of Daniels training in his final fight against Johnny is unamountable by any other classic fighting movies except for possibly rocky, which ironically had the same director, who knew. The actors including Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita perfectly encompass their characters and show the bond between teacher and student in an incredible way. Although many critics might give this movie a hard time no doubt it is one to be written in the history books, and you’ll never forget to wax on then wax off. I completely recommend to see this original film, I give it a 8/10 rating. - @magicsoup of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

crystal_dark Aug 08, 2013

This movie was great! I liked getting to know both Mr. Miyagi and Daniel better during the movie and seeing how the characters changed as the movie progressed. Mr. Miyagi is a really fun character and I love the relationship between him and Daniel.

ARamos123 Jun 24, 2013

Love this movie. Ralph is a great actor and is soo cute. Best movie out of all three. Five Stars.

AmandaCRamos Jun 15, 2013

This movie is awesome. Ralph Macchio did a great job, I could not see anyone else being the karate kid. :)

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Apr 26, 2019

Other: Time-period sexism: Miyaga taunts him for "hitting like a girl."

Apr 26, 2019

Violence: Bullying, beatings, and deliberate unsportsmanlike behavior.

Coarse Language: Contains language and profanity.

Feb 15, 2018

Coarse Language: Moderate coarse language.


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TheUltimateReviewer thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

Aug 18, 2012

MARGARET Y LI thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Nov 14, 2010

luv2read98 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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Feb 04, 2018

Miyagi: First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...

Daniel: Hey, why do I have to...?

Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!

Daniel: Yeah, but...

Miyagi: Hai!

[makes circular gestures with each hand]

Miyagi: Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important.

[walks away, still making circular motions with hands]

Miyagi: Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.


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