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80’s Classic ‘The Karate Kid’ Remake Hits Theaters

Posted by on June 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM EST

The remake of the classic 1980 movie “Karate Kid” has debuted in theaters and already 11-year old Jaden Smith is receiving some mixed reviews, some hits and misses. Dre Parker, played by Jaden Smith and mom Sherry, played by Taraji P. Henson relocate from Detroit to China for Sherry’s job.  Dre soon finds himself having to deal with bullies. With the help of handyman and kung fu master Mr. Han, played by Jackie Chan, he soon learns how to channel his rage through kung fu.

karate-kidJaden Smith, son of Oscar nominated Will Smith, appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” stating he did his own stunts for the film and gave DeGeneres a few examples of his karate moves and splits. He trained for months with Wu Gang, the stunt coordinator for Chan’s martial arts team. The 11-year old and his entire family also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where he acknowledged that he’s often left embarrassed by his famous dad.

The original star of the “The Karate Kid,” Ralph Macchio, who played Daniel Larusso, had mixed feeling of the remake.  At the Monday night premiere, he stated to Access Hollywood that, “At first, I felt old. Number one, you feel old when they start remaking your stuff,” “Once I got past the fact that there’s a whole new generation, it was more about, ‘OK, you can retell this story because it’s a beautiful story,’” Daniel Larusso’s trainer was the late Pat Morita, who landed an Oscar nomination for playing Mr. Miyagi, teacher of karate and all things in life. Three more sequels followed, including The Next Karate Kid, starring an unknown Hilary Swank. It flopped.

Smith is known for playing his father’s son in “The Pursuit of Happiness,” but “Karate Kid” is his first starring role.   Producers of “Karate Kid” include his famous parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Check out “Karate Kid” in theaters today. See the original “Karate Kid” at iTunes.



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