Karate Kid Remake Trailer No. 2 is Pretty Solid

Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid (Remake, 2010) Movie Image

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.

Get more images and videos at our “Karate Kid” preview page.



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  • ulik

    Sure, It hink I’d like to see Riley Freeman from “The Boondocks” play as Dre playing Jaden Smith. They need to just stay with “The Kung Fu Kid”. Not only is it more accurate but it makes it more of a stand alone movie more capable of making a name for “itself” instead of lagging or leeching on “The Karate Kid” concept. Hey, where’s Huey Freeman though?

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      LMAO. If they ever were allowed to make a live action Boondocks, Jaden should definitely play Riley.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        And you’re right about the title. “Kung Fu Kid” has enough of a nod to the original without it being a true remake. Look at Jet Li’s “Fist of Legend” which was basically “The Chinese Connection” remade.

  • ulik

    Sure, It hink I’d like to see Riley Freeman from “The Boondocks” play as Dre playing Jaden Smith. They need to just stay with “The Kung Fu Kid”. Not only is it more accurate but it makes it more of a stand alone movie more capable of making a name for “itself” instead of lagging or leeching on “The Karate Kid” concept. Hey, where’s Huey Freeman though?

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com Dedpool

      LMAO. If they ever were allowed to make a live action Boondocks, Jaden should definitely play Riley.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com Dedpool

        And you’re right about the title. “Kung Fu Kid” has enough of a nod to the original without it being a true remake. Look at Jet Li’s “Fist of Legend” which was basically “The Chinese Connection” remade.

  • YOLKSTER

    Jackie keeps mentioning “KUNG FU” through out the entire trailer! Who is the GENIUS that decided to title this KARATE KID? Go figure…

    • TUBHMOOBVAJ

      In Hong Kong the movie will be release under the original title “The Kungfu Kid.” The reason why the U.S. version is titled The Karate Kid is due to copyrights from Dreamworks who owned the title “KUNG FU” via Kung-Fu Panda. Because of the copyright by Dreamworks Animation, this production had to be called The Karate Kid.

  • YOLKSTER

    Jackie keeps mentioning “KUNG FU” through out the entire trailer! Who is the GENIUS that decided to title this KARATE KID? Go figure…

    • TUBHMOOBVAJ

      In Hong Kong the movie will be release under the original title “The Kungfu Kid.” The reason why the U.S. version is titled The Karate Kid is due to copyrights from Dreamworks who owned the title “KUNG FU” via Kung-Fu Panda. Because of the copyright by Dreamworks Animation, this production had to be called The Karate Kid.

  • http://AsianCineFest.blogspot.com/ Dr Stan Glick

    Good point, Yolkster. Guess they figured calling it “The Kung Fu Kid” wouldn’t work so well. Still, I’m surprisingly impressed by the two previews I’ve seen. It looks like it’s been done with smarts and respect {misleading “Karate Kid” title aside). I don’t object in principle to remaking a “classic.” I just hope this one turns out as solid as it seems it might.

  • http://AsianCineFest.blogspot.com Dr Stan Glick

    Good point, Yolkster. Guess they figured calling it “The Kung Fu Kid” wouldn’t work so well. Still, I’m surprisingly impressed by the two previews I’ve seen. It looks like it’s been done with smarts and respect {misleading “Karate Kid” title aside). I don’t object in principle to remaking a “classic.” I just hope this one turns out as solid as it seems it might.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Anyone else notice what song is playing durring the fly scene at the end? LMAO!

    But in all seriousness they really should have kept the “Kung-Fu Kid” title. The thing is this. I grew up with the originals, and as good as they were then, they really just don’t hold up anymore. This “remake” to me actually seems better for two reasons. The first is that the “kid” is an actual kid. Ralph Machio was playing like a junior or senior in HS. The second major reason is that it actaully talks more about the philosophies involved in Kung-fu as well as having some amazing scenery in Beijing, Being in Beijing makes the kung fu more meaningful as it’s not just some random karate school the antagonists practice and practicing the martial arts is also more meaningful than just some random thugs that can fight.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com Dedpool

    Anyone else notice what song is playing durring the fly scene at the end? LMAO!

    But in all seriousness they really should have kept the “Kung-Fu Kid” title. The thing is this. I grew up with the originals, and as good as they were then, they really just don’t hold up anymore. This “remake” to me actually seems better for two reasons. The first is that the “kid” is an actual kid. Ralph Machio was playing like a junior or senior in HS. The second major reason is that it actaully talks more about the philosophies involved in Kung-fu as well as having some amazing scenery in Beijing, Being in Beijing makes the kung fu more meaningful as it’s not just some random karate school the antagonists practice and practicing the martial arts is also more meaningful than just some random thugs that can fight.

  • http://AsianCineFest.blogspot.com/ Dr Stan Glick

    Dedpool, thanks for the reminder about the sequels. I’d forgotten about them, even though I’d watched much of the pretty abysmal The Next karate Kid (with a roughly 19 year old Hilary Swank!!!) one night when I was staying at a hotel out of town. While I understand the feelings of some who hold the original in such high and holy regard, the sequels undermine the argument of those who don’t think the original should be remade. I mean how could the memory of the original be any more tarnished than it already has been by The Next Karate Kid? And personally, I think that whether or not this new version succeeds, it may result in many people adding the original to their Netflix queue or popping their own DVD of it in their player for another viewing. I know I might.

  • http://AsianCineFest.blogspot.com Dr Stan Glick

    Dedpool, thanks for the reminder about the sequels. I’d forgotten about them, even though I’d watched much of the pretty abysmal The Next karate Kid (with a roughly 19 year old Hilary Swank!!!) one night when I was staying at a hotel out of town. While I understand the feelings of some who hold the original in such high and holy regard, the sequels undermine the argument of those who don’t think the original should be remade. I mean how could the memory of the original be any more tarnished than it already has been by The Next Karate Kid? And personally, I think that whether or not this new version succeeds, it may result in many people adding the original to their Netflix queue or popping their own DVD of it in their player for another viewing. I know I might.