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Mr. Han is the new Miyagi!
Jun 30, 2010 12:45 PM 2076 Views
(Updated Nov 07, 2010 12:13 PM)

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NOTE: I didn't find the link for new Karate Kid movie, so posting the review here. This review is for The Karate Kid (2010) movie.


This time the hero is younger, he is just 11 not 24. This time the teacher is Jackie Chanand not Pat Morita. This time the learner is Jaden Smith and not Ralph Macchio, but yes the attempt is really handled very well, and it certainly reach upto some mark, which the original movie set back in 1984. The movie I am talking about is the remake The Karate Kid, produced by Jaden's dad Will Smith and others.


Story is same, just small differences here and there. An american black boy, when moved to China with his mother, is constantly tormented by some Chinese boys, but he needs to gain his self-confidence and to win the Kungfu tournament to show that he is not just a kid, but a hero as well, he goes to Mr. Han for Kung-fu gyaan. Our hero Dray Parker (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) is a nice actor, already shown his skills in '"The Pursuit ofHappyness", and he needs to overcome the bullying. He seeks a plumber Mr. Han (Jackie Chan)for kung-fu classes. Jackie Chan doesn't need any introductions, although here he is done a more serious role as a mentor, as a kung-fu teacher, and as a plumber of locality. He quoted Kung-fu beautifully, as "Kung-fu is there in our every work. What we do, what we don't do,whom we beat and whom we save, Kung-fu is there", and he taught the boy kung-fu using simple mannerisms, of hanging a coat over its right place. Kung-fu requires attitude and manners for sure.


The scenes of the tournaments, including the fights are awesome. This time the movie concentrated more on Chinese ambience, neighbourhood, and love story of Jaden and Wen Wen Han, the chinese child actress and it shows less on kung-fu quotient (as the earlier movie was!), but yes the movie shows the chinese aspects more beautifully. One scene including Jackie Chan's fight with the bully gang is nice, where he applies his comic martial-arts (in which he is champ) beautifully. He didn't beat any of them, yet they all punching themselves and get the dose of their own kicks and punches. Wen Wen Han did her role of a chinese music-seeking girl Mei Ying nicely. Taraji P. Henson is also suited good enough in the role of Jaden's mother. Zhenwei Wang as the bully Cheng got the villianious role in right manner. Background score is good which includes songs like "Never Say Never" from Justin Bieber and Fort Minor's "Remember the name". The director Harald Zwart (Pink Panther 2 fame) did a fair job in mixing the scenes, music and action parts.


A mast weekend-time pass movie is what I can say for the 2010 Karate Kid movie. A good treat for all the children. And yes, Mr. Han is the new Miyagi!


Ruchir.


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