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.
Why Is The Karate Kid Rated PG?
The Karate Kid is rated PG
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Martial arts violence pervades this film about a picked on boy who learns karate for self-defense. Altercations include hand-to-hand combat, kicks and punches. Along with verbal taunting, the bullying turns into assault when the victim is outnumbered and beaten into unconsciousness. The scraps eventually move into a showdown at a karate tournament where an aggressive teacher encourages his students to use illegal means to take out their opponents. Black eyes, bloody noses, scrapes, bruises and an injured leg are shown. Frequent mild and moderate profanities are used, along with terms of deity. An adult character smokes, while an adolescent only pretends to. A teen is shown rolling a joint. A role model character consumes alcohol to the point of drunkenness and persuades a minor to drink too. An unlicensed youth drives a car, with an adult’s consent. Teen girls are shown dressed in swimwear, and males are seen with bare chests. A teen couple holds hands and kisses.
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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.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Release Date: 11 May 2010
The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid 2 release on Blu-ray as a Collectors 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 Composers Notebook.
- Blu-Pop (pop up trivia for Karate Kid I).
- Featurette: The Sequel
- Blu-Pop - (pop up trivia for The Karate Kid 2 ).