The Karate Kid Part II

The Karate Kid Part IIBB.5

(out of 5)


Taking up exactly at the moment that the first film ended, this one has Mr. Miyagi even the score with the unreasonably tough  before preparing for a long, wonderful summer with his star pupil () living in his newly built guest house. All plans are thrown aside, however, when Miyagi (a still excellent ) 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.


USA, 1986

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by John G. Avildsen, ,


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Academy Award Nomination
Best Music (Original Song) (“Glory of Love”, music by Peter Cetera, David Foster; lyric by Peter Cetera, Diane Nini)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“The Glory of Love”, music by David Foster, lyricsb y Peter Cetera, Diane Nini)


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