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The Karate Kid

Released 1984
Distributor Columbia Pictures

John Avildsen’s stirring 1984 film is a classic “the-worm-turns” tale starring Ralph Macchio as a bullied teenager and Pat Morita as the karate master who teaches him some valuable life lessons. The movie touched a nerve with critics and audiences alike and earned Morita an Academy Award nomination — though the studio had wanted Toshiro Mifune for the role. Followed by two sequels (1986 and 1989), a 1994 revamp with Morita and Hilary Swank, a 2010 remake with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, and a hit YouTube streaming series, Cobra Kai, that debuted in 2018.

About Ti West

Ti West is the writer and director of The Roost, Trigger Man, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S/ (Second Honeymoon) & The Sacrament.  In general, he is a big fan of movies and the trailers that come before them.