The Karate Kid Part III (1989)


“If karate used defend honor, defend life, karate mean something. If karate used defend plastic metal trophy, karate no mean nothing.” – Mr. Miyagi

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’89, cable in the 90’s, 4 Oct 2007 and 2 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – As Daniel is about to begin college, he and his mentor Mr Miyagi must decide whether he should accept an invitation to defend his karate championship.

My Take on it – As many of you are already aware, I’m not the biggest fan of sequels especially when they do little to expand on the events of the original film.

This is a perfect example of that.

It’s fun to revisit Daniel and Mr. Miyagi as their lives progress but this films plot doesn’t manage to add anything new to the series.

It constantly feels as if they are reframing events from the previous films instead of trying to find something new and innovative to bring us.

The plot idea regarding the rules change at the Karate championship is quite silly and takes so much away from any kind of impact that this film series has had in the past since Daniel no longer feels as if he is playing the underdog the entire time.

The life lessons discussed here just aren’t as poignant as they were just 5 years earlier and this film too often feels as if it was made just to try and capitalize on the franchise name instead of giving us anything new and unique which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre addition to the series.  Nothing really interesting happens in the film and it feels as if they are mostly going through the motions here while reframing events and situations from the previous films. The rule change for the championship is pretty lame and takes away so much from the premise of Daniel always being the underdog.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Film debut of Thomas Ian Griffith, who portrays a Vietnam veteran; in real life, Griffith was only 13 years old when the Vietnam War ended. At the time this movie was made, Thomas was also four months younger than Ralph Macchio who played a teenager. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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