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Columbia Pictures has released two more clips from their upcoming Jackie Chan remake of “The Karate Kid”, though curiously they’re learning kung fu, and not karate, which sorta makes the title a bit fat lie. That aside, the film looks like it has promise, though it’s amusing to note that lead Jaden Smith is so short even the Chinese girl love interest towers over him. Kid better start eating his Wheaties if he wants to look like dad when he grows up.
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.
Wax on, wax off June 11, 2010.
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