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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.

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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.

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