The Karate Kid (1984)

karate kid“Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?” – Miyagi

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count  (Theater in ’84, cable, video, DVD and 16 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – After moving across country to California with his mother, a teenager encounters bullies which prompt him to learn karate in order to fight back.

My Take on it – I’m still in shock that I saw this movie for the first time in the theater at the age of 10. When I look at my ten year old son and his friends, it’s hard to believe how I saw so many movies at that age and pretty much understood them.

This movie is basically all about honor and friendship and it is shown so well through the connection between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi which shines through no matter how many times one sees this film

The music of this movie is so nostalgic for me and it actually pulled me in deeper while viewing this.

There have been numerous attempts within this franchise to recreate the magical feeling of this film and none of the sequels or even the remake came even close to doing so.


“You’re the Best” is my favorite song. Here’s a clip:


Bottom Line – Excellent story with a message about honor and friendship. Great 80’s soundtrack. Best of the franchise that can never be properly duplicated. Morita and Macchio are both extremely memorable. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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