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I’ll grant you that the idea of a “Karate Kid” remake filled me with all kinds of dread when I first heard it, but the more I see of it, the more I get this feeling I’m not going to mind it too much. The kids certainly won’t, that’s for sure. Heck, the vast majority of moviegoers who go see this thing probably won’t even know who Ralph Macchio is, thus it won’t matter if the film is called “The Karate Kid” or the “Kung Fu Kid” as originally thought. Anyways, here’s the second trailer (via Yahoo) for “The Karate Kid” remake with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. And yeah, the fact that Smith gets his name on the marquee before Chan still borders on the obscene.
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, and directed by Harald Zwart.
Kick’em June 11, 2010.
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