Columbia Pictures has released five new images from their upcoming remake of “The Karate Kid”. I guess they’re no longer flirting with calling it “The Kung Fu Kid” now, which is probably for the best, since they’re remaking the bloody film already, mind as well not add insult to injury by changing the title, too. Even though the new title would actually make more sense, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyways, the film itself looks decent, though I still have major issues with the little punk getting top billing over Chan, but maybe that’s just me.
12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
Starring Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Tess Liu, Harry Van Gorkum, Han Wen Wen, and directed by Harald Zwart.
Kick down the Great Wall of China June 11, 2010.
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