The Karate Kid 2 Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Just incase you haven’t seen, or don’t remember, the first Karate Kid, this sequel opens with a montage of past scenes to acquaint you with the characters. Extra footage (apparently shot during the first movie) continues the storyline from the triumphant end of the karate tournament into the parking lot where a disappointed teacher verbally and physically berates his losing student. (This sequence includes portrayals of bloody injuries.)
Then the script jumps ahead six months. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) is graduating from high school, however his celebrations are cut short by a break-up with his girlfriend and the announcement his mother is getting a transfer to Fresno. However when he goes to seek sympathy from his mentor, he finds Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) caught up in his own problems.
The arrival of a letter from the elderly karate teacher’s ancestral home of Okinawa announces the ill health of his even more elderly father (Charlie Tanimoto). The sad news is only compounded by the identity of the author of the note—a woman named Yukie (Nobu McCarthy) whom Mr. Miyagi fell in love with forty years ago.
Sensing his best friend may now need his support, Daniel gets permission to travel with the aging gentleman. During the voyage, Mr. Miyagi explains that despite his deep feelings for Yukie, he left Okinawa rather than fight his best friend for the right to her hand. Yet when the pair arrives on the Asian island they quickly discover Sato (Danny Kamekona), who has spent the intervening years becoming a celebrated karate instructor, still wants to duel to the death.
Of course Mr. Miyagi refuses to battle. So Sato sends his nephew and best student Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) to pressure the pacifist into accepting the challenge. Happy to obey, the young adult eagerly carries out his assignment by threatening, harassing and vandalizing the property of Mr. Miyagi and the villagers in his hometown. He also provokes Daniel, which results in scuffles, kicks, punches, throws and attempted choking.
Although this chapter of The Karate Kid saga spends more time than the last developing dramatic plot lines, including a romance between Daniel and a local teen (Tamlyn Tomita), there are still plenty of martial arts action and violent depictions. And this time the participants are not engaged in tournament games, but mortal combat. Parents may find these stakes make The Karate Kid 2 even more frightening for younger viewers.
Between these contests, Mr. Miyagi does prove a worthy role model of courage and self-control. Preaching the best defense is not to be involved in the conflict at all, the man urges Daniel to ignore the taunting and Sato to forgive past offenses. While this is wise advice, don’t expect the story to strictly follow it. Such a plot would not make for a very exciting movie.Directed by John G. Avildsen. Starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita. Running time: 113 minutes. Theatrical release June 20, 1986. Updated February 13, 2012
The Karate Kid 2
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Karate Kid 2 rated PG? The Karate Kid 2 is rated PG by the MPAA
Throughout this film various characters engage in martial arts combat, often with the intent to kill their opponent. Violent depictions include belittling, bullying, taunting, death threats, car jacking, kicks to the abdomen and groin, punches, throws, choking and brandishing a weapon. These hand-to-hand conflicts lead to a woman being hit, bloody fists cut from smashing glass, and facial wounds. Property is vandalized as a form of blackmail. Characters are in peril during a bad storm that traps a man in the wreckage of a collapsed house and strands a child in close proximity to an electrical power line. The demonstration of a defensive karate move almost results in impaling. Characters carryout unethical business practices. Gambling and stealing are depicted. Smoking and drinking are seen in a pub and at a community party. A teen couple holds hands and kisses. The bare chests of boys are shown in a shower room setting.
Page last updated February 13, 2012
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The Karate Kid 2 Parents' Guide
Sato accuses Mr. Miyagi of offending his honor and then being too cowardly to meet the challenge of a duel. What is the difference between honor and pride? What is the difference between cowardliness and self-control?
Mr. Miyagi claims, "For person with no forgiveness in heart, living is worse punishment than death." Why? How does this statement reflect Sato’s desire to pursue past grievances, even after so any years?
What does Mr. Miyagi mean when he tells Daniel, "Never put passion before principle—even if you win, you lose?" Do you agree with him?
The most recent home video release of The Karate Kid 2 movie is May 11, 2010. Here are some details…
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 ).