The Karate Kid
About The Karate Kid
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 and a 2010 remake with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.