Description

A fatherless teenager faces his moment of truth in THE KARATE KID. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) arrives in Los Angeles from the east coast and faces the difficult task of making new friends. However, he becomes the object of bullying by the Cobras, a menacing gang of karate students, when he strikes up a relationship with Ali (Elisabeth Shue), the Cobra leader's ex-girlfriend. Eager to fight back and impress his new girlfriend but afraid to confront the dangerous gang, Daniel asks his handyman Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita), whom he learns is a master of the martial arts, to teach him karate. Miyagi teaches Daniel that karate is a mastery over the self, mind, and body and that fighting is always the last answer to a problem. Under Miyagi's guidance, Daniel develops not only physical skills but also the faith and self-confidence to compete despite tremendous odds as he encounters the fight of his life in the exciting finale to this entertaining film.

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Time Out

6/24/2006 by Geoff Andrew

A surprise summer hit in the States, this is another film-making-by-numbers exercise in teenage wish-fulfilment.

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TIME Magazine

8/1/2008 by Richard Schickel

This film's art consists entirely of hiding the cynicism of its calculations under an agreeably modest and disarming manner.

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Chicago Reader

1/1/2000 by Dave Kehr

It's primitive, predatory stuff.

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Additional information

Directors

John G. Avildsen


Studio

Sony Pictures


Subtitles

English (CC)


Released year

1984


Age rating


Duration

2 h 6 min


Genres

Action/Adventure
Drama
Family
Sports


Size

7.38 GB (1080p HD)
3.39 GB (720p HD)
2.51 GB (SD)


Supported devices

Xbox
Windows 8 or later


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