The Karate Kid, Part II

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The Karate Kid, Part II
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The Karate Kid, Part II movie poster
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Produced by Jerry Weintraub
William J. Cassidy (associate producer)
Susan Ekins (associate producer)
Karen Trudy Rosenfelt (associate producer)
Written by Robert Mark Kamen
Starring Ralph Macchio
Pat Morita
William Zabka
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography James Crabe
Edited by John G. Avildsen
David Garfield
Jane Kurson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
June 20, 1986
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $115,103,979 (USA)

The Karate Kid, Part II is a 1986 American martial arts film. A sequel to 1984's The Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reprise their respective roles as young karate student Daniel LaRusso and his mentor Kesuke Miyagi. Like the original film, the sequel was a success, earning even more at the box office than its predecessor, although it received mixed reviews from critics.[1][2]


Following the end of The Karate Kid, John Kreese is furious over Johnny's loss at the All-Valley Karate Tournament and viciously attacks Johnny in the parking lot. Miyagi confronts Kreese passively immobilizing him and threatening to strike a deadly blow. Instead, he comically tweaks Kreese's nose and walks away.

Six months later, Miyagi receives a letter telling him his father is dying. He plans to return to his home village in Okinawa, and Daniel accompanies him using money set aside from his college fund. Miyagi tells Daniel why he left Okinawa many years ago. He fell in love with a woman named Yukie, who was arranged to marry his best friend Sato, son of the richest man in town and fellow student of his father. One day, Miyagi announced to the village that he wanted to marry Yukie, which prompted Sato to challenge him to a fight to the death. Rather than fight, Miyagi left the country.

When they arrive in Okinawa, Miyagi and Daniel are greeted by Chozen Toguchi. Chozen drives Miyagi and Daniel to one of Sato's warehouses, where it is revealed that he is Sato's nephew. Once there, Sato demands to fight Miyagi who adamantly refuses. Arriving at the village, Miyagi and Daniel are welcomed by Yukie and her niece Kumiko. They discover that Sato has become a rich industrialist whose supertrawlers have destroyed the local fish population impoverishing the other villagers. They are forced to rent their property from Sato, who owns the entire village. Yukie reveals that she never married Sato, because of her love for Miyagi. After Miyagi's father dies, Sato gives him three days to mourn before their fight. Daniel tells Miyagi about when his father died. Miyagi shows Daniel the secret to his family's karate – a handheld drum that twists back and forth. This "drum technique" represents the block-and-defense that Daniel begins to practice.

Helping another villager, Daniel accidentally discovers that Chozen's grocery business has been defrauding the villagers, who subsequently demand compensation. Chozen later accuses Daniel of insulting his honor, and the two have a series of confrontations. Their feud comes to a head when Sato, at the conclusion of the three-day mourning period, shows up to fight Miyagi. Chozen and his friends vandalize the Miyagi family dojo and much of the garden. Chozen attacks Daniel, but the group is quickly defeated after Miyagi arrives. Miyagi and Daniel plan to return home before the situation gets worse. Before they can leave, however, Sato shows up with bulldozers and threatens to destroy the village if Miyagi refuses to fight. Forced to comply, Miyagi gives in on the condition that Sato must sign the title to the village over to the villagers regardless of who wins the fight. Sato agrees. On the day of the fight, a typhoon sweeps through the village. Villagers take cover at a storm shelter, but Sato becomes trapped when his family's dojo is leveled by the storm. Miyagi and Daniel rush to rescue him.

On the way back to the shelter, Daniel attempts to rescue a child trapped in a bell tower. Sato, who has had a change of heart, orders Chozen to help. Chozen refuses, and Sato rushes out to help Daniel himself. After returning, Sato disowns Chozen for refusing to cooperate, and Chozen runs off into the storm out of anger. The next morning as the villagers are rebuilding, Sato returns with his bulldozers – this time to help rebuild. Sato hands over the land title to the village and asks for Miyagi's forgiveness. Miyagi accepts, and Sato allows the upcoming O-bon festival to take place in a nearby ceremonial castle at Daniel and Kumiko's request.

While Kumiko is performing a dance at the festival, Chozen ziplines into the presentation taking her hostage. He demands to fight Daniel alone to restore his honor. Daniel fights well, but is overwhelmed by Chozen who eventually gains the upper hand. Miyagi and the crowd respond by twisting handheld drums they brought to the celebration, which inspires Daniel. Chozen, seemingly confused, closes in for the kill, but Daniel utilizes the drum technique to deflect Chozen's attacks and land counter-attacks. Daniel grabs the vanquished Chozen, raising his hand and threatening to end Chozen's life saying, "Live or die, man!" Chozen chooses death, but reminiscent of the way Miyagi handled Kreese earlier, he tweaks Chozen's nose and playfully drops him to the ground. Daniel embraces Kumiko, while Miyagi looks on proudly.


Other notable cast appearances include B. D. Wong (credited as "Bradd Wong") as an Okinawan boy who invites Daniel and Kumiko to a dance club.


Filming locations were shot on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The Hawaii location was chosen due to the similar climate and the island's large Okinawan American population as well as the convenience of shooting in the U.S.[citation needed]

Originally the production had the idea of British actress, Lynne Frederick, playing the part of Kumiko, Daniel's love interest for the film. Frederick herself, who had not appeared in a theatrical release since The Prisoner of Zenda in 1979,[citation needed] had been planning an acting comeback for quite sometime.[citation needed] At the time the script was written in mind for an English actress who was to play a half English, half-Japanese village girl adopted by her Japanese aunt.[citation needed] Frederick did express interest in the script but turned it down to focus on motherhood since she had given birth the year before. The script was later rewritten for a Japanese actress.[citation needed]

The opening scenes for this movie take place immediately after the finale of the first movie and appear to seamlessly tie the two together. Although the opening scene of Part II was the originally planned ending of the first film, the parking lot confrontation scene was shot during the Part II schedule.[3]


The film's signature tune was Peter Cetera's song "Glory of Love", which was a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. When Daniel and Miyagi are being driven by Chozen and his friend after they arrive in Okinawa, Chozen tunes in the radio of the car until he reaches a station playing "Fascination", the same song to which Ali and Johnny were slow dancing at the high-end country club in the original movie. The soundtrack is notable as being the final album released by United Artists Records.

  1. "Glory of Love" (Peter Cetera)
  2. "Rock 'n' Roll Over You" (The Moody Blues)
  3. "Fish for Life" (Mancrab)
  4. "Rock Around the Clock" (Paul Rodgers)
  5. "Let Me at 'Em" (Southside Johnny)
  6. "This Is the Time" (Dennis DeYoung)
  7. "Earth Angel" (New Edition)
  8. "Love Theme from Karate Kid II" (Bill Conti)
  9. "Two Looking at One" (Carly Simon)
  10. "The Storm" (Bill Conti)

The score, which featured 20 tracks, was released separately on CD by Varèse Sarabande in a box set in 2007 and 2012.

In popular culture[edit]

The character Ellie Bartowski on the television series Chuck claims that a love-struck recital of "Glory of Love" for her by Morgan Grimes ruined The Karate Kid, Part II for her.

In an episode of Yes, Dear ("When Jimmy Met Greggy"), Greg Warner remembers getting into a fight with Kim's ex-boyfriend and losing. Every time he keeps trying to fight him, he hears the song "Glory of Love" to give himself confidence. Pat Morita guest starred near the end of the episode to teach Greg karate for a rematch; however, as in The Karate Kid, Part II, even the crane kick did not work.


The film has a 43% rating out of 23 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.[4] gave the film a positive review, stating the film was a "worthy follow-up to the first Karate Kid film, with added interest provided by its exotic locations and characters."[5] The Los Angeles Times also gave the film a positive review, praising Pat Morita's performance as Miyagi and calling the actor "the heart of the movie".[6] Picture historian Leonard Maltin disagrees, however, calling the movie "Purposeless...Corny in the extreme — all that's missing from the climax is hounds and ice floes — but made palatable by winning performances. Best for kids."

Box office[edit]

The movie made $115,103,979 in its North American release.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

At the 1987 ASCAP Awards, Bill Conti won Top Box Office Films for the original music, which was released on United Artists Records. It also received a different Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Glory of Love".


  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (20 June 1986). "Screen: 'Karate Kid Part II". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Karate Kid Part II". Variety. January 1, 1986. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Berry, Robert. ""Sweep the Leg!" The Billy Zabka Interview". Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Karate Kid Part II (1986)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Karate Kid Part II (1986)". Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Wilmington, Michael (20 June 1986). "Movie Review : Let's Hear It For A Winning 'Karate Ii'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Karate Kid Part II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 

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