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The Kung Fu, I mean the Karate Kid…

Posted: May 23, 2010

The new Karate Kid movie will be coming out next month.  It looks pretty good.  Obviously Jaden Smith put in a lot of time training for this role.  It’s pretty funny that it’s called the Karate Kid, when he’s learning Kung Fu; but ultimately martial arts is martial arts, regardless of the name or the style.

The writers of the movie said the name was an homage to the original movie, so they kept the name Karate Kid, despite the obvious contradiction.

It will be interesting to see the difference in physicality that is brought to the role by Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.  In the original movie Pat Morita (Miyagi) and Ralph Macchio (Daniel Russo) were not martial artists.  Obviously Jackie Chan is, and with the amount of training that Jaden Smith put in, he may now be called a martial artist as well.

I hope this movie lives up to its billing, as the original was a great family movie, that exposed people to the positive benefits of martial arts.  Let’s hope this movie does the same.


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