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Still shot from the movie: The Karate Kid.

The Karate Kid

New Jersey native Daniel (Ralph Macchio) has trouble fitting when he moves to California. As bullying problems escalate, the teen turns to an unlikely friend, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), who mentors him in martial arts for self-defense. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 127
Theater Release: 22 Jun 1984
Video Release: 11 May 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
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The Karate Kid was followed by a sequel in 1986 titled The Karate Kid 2. A remake of The Karate Kid releases in 2010. Other martial arts underdog films include Kung Fu Panda, Mulan and The Forbidden Kingdom.

Home Video Extra Features

Release Date: 11 May 2010

The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid 2 release on Blu-ray as a Collector’s Edition Box Set. Bonus extras include:

- Karate Kid I Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita.

- Featurettes: Making-of Karate Kid I, The Way of the Karate Kid, Beyond the Form, Life of Bonsai and East Meets West: A Composer’s Notebook.

- Blu-Pop (pop up trivia for Karate Kid I).

- Featurette: The Sequel

- Blu-Pop - (pop up trivia for The Karate Kid 2 ).

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