Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1986. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi V Productions. Screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen. Cinematography by James Crabe. Produced by Jerry Weintraub. Music by Bill Conti. Production Design by William J. Cassidy. Costume Design by Mary Malin. Film Editing by John G. Avildsen, David Garfield, Jane Kurson. Academy Awards 1986. Golden Globe Awards 1986.
Taking up exactly at the moment that the first film ended, this one has Mr. Miyagi even the score with the unreasonably tough Martin Kove before preparing for a long, wonderful summer with his star pupil (Ralph Macchio) living in his newly built guest house. All plans are thrown aside, however, when Miyagi (a still excellent Pat Morita) receives a letter bidding him home to Japan. It seems that his father is dying and looking to make peace with him, decades after Miyagi left home to avoid a violent confrontation with his best friend and the rival to a beautiful young woman’s hand. Unfortunately, his rival has not abated in his desire to fight a duel of honour and, upon arrival in Okinawa, an old feud is resurrected. Macchio, meanwhile, gets a little romance and some badass action from villains on the side. This is a lackluster sequel to a thoroughly charming original, missing the bounce of Elisabeth Shue’s fresh appeal and the honesty that made Avildsen’s first entry so memorable; this time there are idiotic, cardboard stereotypes everywhere, with Japanese characters speaking pidgin English to each other despite being in Japan.