Karate Kid Remake — Er, I Mean, Kung Fu Kid Plot Details

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It used to be that I minded remaking “The Karate Kid”, mostly because I remember watching and loving the film with a bunch of friends as kids. We were so captivated by it that we immediately ran outside and started crane-kicking each other in the stomach. Ah, good times. So yes, I don’t like the idea of remaking “The Karate Kid”, but you know what — whatever. Remake whatever you want, Will Smith. For those dying to see Jackie Chan teach Will Smith’s son how to do kung fu, we now have a closer look at the plot from the remake. It’s, er, basically the same movie.

Moviehole fills us in on what we can expect from “The Karate Kid” (rumors of the film title being changed to “Kung Fu Kid” has not quite panned out, apparently):

The story has single mother Sherry and her son Dre (yes, Dre, not Daniel) moving to Beijing where Sherry has been transferred. Mother and son don’t speak a lick of English, which, one presumes, cause hilarity and such. Jackie Chan will play Han, the maintenance man at the apartment building Sherry and Dre live in. Dre, a videogame/skater, immediately catches the eye of the local kung fu bully and gets into some ass-whuppin. Namely, his. One day, Han catches Dre’s black eye and sees him (badly) practicing kung fu, and decides to teach the kid to defend himself. They bond. Presumably.

It’s basically the same movie as the original. There’s even a John Kreese character, the instructor at a local kung fu school. Jackie’s Han, apparently, will provide the film’s comic relief.

So there you have it. The more things change, the more they stay the same. So why remake it, then? Probably cause Will Smith thinks it’d be cool if his son became a movie star. Oh, to have a famous father who can indulge in nepotism with impunity…

Below: “Listen, dude, this ain’t Beijing, and you ain’t Jackie Chan. Well, until the remake, anyway.”

Martin Kove, Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid (1984) Movie Image

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  • erick

    so it’s set in China, co-stars a Chinese actor, but they’re still calling it “The Karate Kid?” man I love Hollywood’s selective racial sensitivity.

  • erick

    so it’s set in China, co-stars a Chinese actor, but they’re still calling it “The Karate Kid?” man I love Hollywood’s selective racial sensitivity.

  • THE MAN

    WILL SMITH’S SON SUCKS AND SO IS THIS MOVIE. THE KARATE KID IS A CLASSIC. HEY WHILE HE’S AT IT HAVE HIM REMAKE AND STAR IN THE OUTSIDERS. THIS KID IS ANNOYING JUST LIKE HIS 3FT TALL MOM.

  • http://nc32203@yahoo.com THE MAN

    WILL SMITH’S SON SUCKS AND SO IS THIS MOVIE. THE KARATE KID IS A CLASSIC. HEY WHILE HE’S AT IT HAVE HIM REMAKE AND STAR IN THE OUTSIDERS. THIS KID IS ANNOYING JUST LIKE HIS 3FT TALL MOM.

  • rockthedragon

    Man this is stupid the real Karate Kid Hero is a white guy not a black boy!

  • rockthedragon

    Man this is stupid the real Karate Kid Hero is a white guy not a black boy!

  • two cents

    wow what's up with the racism here lol and man, the original karate kid fight scenes were so garbage in terms of today's standards (think about it, last scene using one move? a silly crane stance? c'mon, that's not exciting at all, extremely cheesy and dumb to pull off in real life

  • Larry

    Wrong country wrong name. Even the original fell in something similar; Mr. Miagi <sp> was from Okinawa where Kenpo was created not Karate. Karate is from Japan. This “remake” is an insult to the original being so obviously dubbed “The Karate Kid”. As for the Jaden Smith a lil bow wow wannabe. Is this his first film, I never heard of him as an actor. Nepotism surely shows here. Two Cents you apparently forgot Karate Kid 2 where it showed the Crane kick useless against a non-tournament fighter. Learn your movies.

  • Puente80

    i'm torn…i am a big 80's fan for reasons such as the Karate Kid; however, the remake is pretty good…better action, better acting, and better story…pat morita obviously didn't know a lick of karate; at least jackie chan has a background in such…if you ask me, jaden could kick macchio's ass any day

  • Puente80

    i'm torn…i am a big 80's fan for reasons such as the Karate Kid; however, the remake is pretty good…better action, better acting, and better story…pat morita obviously didn't know a lick of karate; at least jackie chan has a background in such…if you ask me, jaden could kick macchio's ass any day