Daniel LaRusso and his mother have just moved to Reseda, Los Angeles from Newark, New Jersey at the start of the school year. Befriending classmate Ali Mills, he comes into conflict with Ali's ex-boyfriend and star pupil of the "Cobra Kai" dojo Johnny Lawrence and his gang. After being beaten up by the Cobra Kai gang in an after-school fight, Daniel finds an unlikely friend and karate sensei in his apartment complex's handyman, Mr. Miyagi, a proficient karate master. Making a deal with Johnny's merciless sensei, John Kreese, to end the fighting, Miyagi trains Daniel to compete at the All-Valley Karate Tournament.
The Karate Kid is a semi-autobiographical story based on the life of its screenwriter, Robert Mark Kamen. At age 17, after the 1964 New York World's Fair, Kamen was beaten up by a gang of bullies. He thus began to study martial arts in order to defend himself. Kamen was unhappy with his first teacher who taught martial arts as a tool for violence and revenge. He moved on to study Okinawan Gōjū-ryū karate under a Japanese teacher who did not speak English, but was himself a student of Chōjun Miyagi.
The Next Karate Kid has Pat Morita at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemeteryfor the Japanese-American veterans. Afterward he agrees to kind of babysitHillary Swank who is the grand daughter of Constance Towers his former commanding officer. She's a rebellious youth who never got over losing herparents in a car crash.Morita succeeds in awakening an interest in karate that Swank's late father tried to teach her. She'll need it because there's another sensei who has gone over to the dark side. Michael Ironside who is a cop and part time teacher hasraised a gang of karate thugs of whom Michael Cavalieri is head. This crowdonly needs MAGA hats to make it complete.If you saw the other three Karate Kid movies you know how this one goes. Thesame plot elements are in all three.There was no great demand for a sequel, but that sure didn't hurt Hillary Swank any with two Oscars in her future. This is a pleasant piece of familyviewing. 2b1af7f3a8