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#427671 - 06/13/10 04:52 PM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: TaekwonDoFan]
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Originally Posted By: TaekwonDoFan
I'd go with the consensus - nice movie, but, since it's almost exactly like the original, it's nothing wonderful.
Try seeing it with young students, you may find it more wonderful

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#427674 - 06/13/10 04:58 PM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: Kimo2007]
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Originally Posted By: Kimo2007
I'm on my way to see it today. I was a huge fan of the original (still am), it had a big influence on me. In fact it was what drove me to Study Karate, instead of Kung Fu (Huge BL fan as a kid).
But I think it is an interesting point that many of us, were looking for something more then the fighting. We were looking for the lifestyle, the aura of it all. Maybe that is naive, but I think most people who were serious about MA before the UFC came along, thought that way on some level.
1st Please let us know how you liked it!
2nd, nothing naive at all about that IMHO. That is to me what it is all about. I think when the Asian fighting arts came to the West in the 1960s, that was all part of it. What was different IMO was that these traditional MAs back then, were good for SD, as that was what the physical concentration focused on. Now that is no longer the case, for many reasons. This is why I think the MMA boom took hold, as there still are many looking for exactly that, SD, but can no longer find it too easy in traditional MAs, as they have for the most part & in many places have become something that either doesn't focus on SD, or they simply don't know how to focus on SD

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#427684 - 06/13/10 09:07 PM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: ITFunity]
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I have a hard time with Americans picking up and moving to China for a better life (which is why Daniel and his Mother moved from Jersey to California). Of course they are moving out of Detroit but I think they could have found a better local than China. I mean if its supposed to be Karate why the hell didn't they go to Japan? I'm with Cord, I'll stick with the original and as much fun as Jackie Chan can be, I'll take Good ole Pat Morita and his Myagi character everyday! BTW TKDFAN, though the actors in the original were actually 20 somethings they were portraying teenage High School kids. But you're point is valid in Jackie Chan opening up some whoop a$$ on 12 y/o's!

VDJ


Edited by VDJ (06/13/10 09:08 PM)

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#427685 - 06/13/10 09:20 PM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: VDJ]
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So back and I must say I found myself wanting to like it, but can't say I did.

Problem I had was there was no anticipation because they followed the original so closely, it was like a bad imitation. And while I liked some of the training and fight scenes, there wasn't anything I saw that would make me stop channel surfing if I came across it on TV.

I wonder if it had been an original would it have had more impact, I don't think so. The original had so many great quotes, and as much as I like Jackie Chan, he was no Pat Morita.

Save your money, it's a rental at best.
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#427689 - 06/14/10 12:01 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: VDJ]
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Originally Posted By: VDJ
I have a hard time with Americans picking up and moving to China for a better life (which is why Daniel and his Mother moved from Jersey to California). Of course they are moving out of Detroit but I think they could have found a better local than China. I mean if its supposed to be Karate why the hell didn't they go to Japan? VDJ
Ok she didn't move to China for a better life, her company relocated her there. Detroit was the motor city & now it is a fraction of it size, with China being the next big auto maker.
They stuck with the name karate, as it is all kicking & punching to the non-MAist & they wanted to capatilze on the popularity of the 1980s films. Besides they dealt with that in the movie, when he corrected his Mom & said its kung fu & not karate & she replied WHATever!


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#427690 - 06/14/10 12:04 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: Kimo2007]
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Originally Posted By: Kimo2007
Save your money, it's a rental at best.
Nope, spend extra money, take young students from your MA school to see it, this is their generation karate kid, imho.

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#427691 - 06/14/10 12:12 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: ITFunity]
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[quoteope, spend extra money, take young students from your MA school to see it, this is their generation karate kid, imho][/quote]

Maybe through the eyes of a youngster it might be better. But I imagine most kids in MA, probably have seen the original too and would be less impressed by this one.

But I am no kid so I could be way off.
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#427693 - 06/14/10 12:29 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: Kimo2007]
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'Karate Kid' Clobbers 'A-Team' At Box Office
"The Karate Kid" has won a 1980s showdown at the box office against "The A-Team."
Sony's remake of 1984's "The Karate Kid" debuted at No. 1 for the weekend with a whopping $56 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The big-screen adaptation of the 1980s TV series "The A-Team" came in at less than half that, the 20th Century Fox release opening in second place with $26 million.
After three weekends at No. 1, DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" slipped to No. 3 with $15.8 million. The animated hit raised its domestic haul to $210.1 million, becoming the fourth movie released this year to top $200 million.
With a relatively modest production budget of $40 million, "The Karate Kid" far exceeded the studio's expectations. Early on, Sony executives would have been happy if the movie opened to half its $56 million debut weekend, said Rory Bruer, the studio's head of distribution.
Those expectations began to rise once the studio realized it had a crowd-pleaser on its hands, Bruer said.
"It's just an unmitigated grand slam hit," said Bruer, who also worked on distribution for the 1984 version. "I loved the original `Karate Kid,' but they took this beloved title, and they made it relevant, fresh and absolutely exciting."
The big opening for "The Karate Kid" gave Hollywood a boost after a weak start to the summer season. "Iron Man 2" opened big the first weekend in May, but the box office has lagged since then.
According to box-office tracker Hollywood.com, overall revenues came in at $153 million, up 11 percent from the same weekend last year, when "The Hangover" led with $32.8 million.
"The Karate Kid" stars Jaden Smith as an American boy who moves with his mom to China, where he takes on a bully under the guidance of an unassuming martial-arts master (Jackie Chan).
With his first lead role, 11-year-old Smith had an opening weekend that stacked up well against the track record of his superstar father, Will Smith, who has had only two debuts bigger than "The Karate Kid" ("I Am Legend" at $77.2 million and "Hancock" at $62.6 million). Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are producers on "The Karate Kid."
"It's like, `Who's the biggest star now, dad?'" said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. "It proves the box-office apple doesn't fall far from the money tree in that household."
"The A-Team" features Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel in a tale of former Army Rangers trying to clear their names after they are framed for a crime they did not commit.
Chris Aronson, head of distribution for 20th Century Fox, said the momentum of a strong weekend should benefit "The A-Team," which received high marks in exit polls from the under-25 crowd.
"It's good that the industry finally has an up weekend, so it's nice to be a part of that," Aronson said. "We're very optimistic that we're now in an upswing in the business and that we're going to play and play as our word of mouth spreads."
Hollywood looks to build on its momentum next weekend as Pixar Animation goes back to its roots with "Toy Story 3," the latest sequel to the 1995 hit that was the first feature-length computer-animated film.
In limited release, IFC Films' documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" opened strongly with $171,500 in seven theaters, for an average of $24,500 per cinema. That compared to a $15,288 average in 3,663 theaters for "The Karate Kid."
Also debuting well in limited release was Roadside Attractions' drama "Winter's Bone," which took in $87,000 in four theaters for a $21,750 average. The top dramatic prize winner at January's Sundance Film Festival, "Winter's Bone" stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teenager desperately searching for her missing father in the backwoods crime culture of the Ozark Mountains.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday. 1. "The Karate Kid," $56 million. 2. "The A-Team," $26 million. 3. "Shrek Forever After," $15.8 million. 4. "Get Him to the Greek," $10.1 million. 5. "Killers," $8.2 million. 6. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," $6.6 million. 7. "Marmaduke," $6 million. 8. "Sex and the City 2," $5.5 million. 9. "Iron Man 2," $4.6 million. 10. "Splice," $2.9 million.
2010 The Associated Press.

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#427694 - 06/14/10 12:33 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: Kimo2007]
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Originally Posted By: Kimo2007
Maybe through the eyes of a youngster it might be better. But I imagine most kids in MA, probably have seen the original too and would be less impressed by this one.
But I am no kid so I could be way off.
Hey believe it or not, we were all kids once, think about it, we liked our generation "stuff" for the most part. They will love it, bring them, you won't regret it

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#427696 - 06/14/10 03:20 AM Re: Karate Kid reviews [Re: ITFunity]
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ITFUnity,

You seem to have cut and paste a very large section of another person's work. This could infringe on his copyright, and I suggest you just refer us to the link in the future.

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