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
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography James Crabe
Edited by John G. Avildsen
David Garfield
Jane Kurson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 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 Keisuke 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]

Plot[edit]

The film picks up almost directly after the end of The Karate Kid; John Kreese, furious over his star pupil Johnny Lawrence's second place finish in the All Valley Karate Tournament, viciously berates and humiliates Johnny in the parking lot, nearly killing him by putting him in a headlock. Miyagi rescues Johnny, passively immobilizes Kreese, then comically tweaks Kreese's nose instead of dealing him a fatal blow. When questioned by Daniel about his actions, Mr. Miyagi responds that "for a person with no forgiveness in his heart, living is a worse punishment than death." Horrified by Kreese's behavior, Johnny and his friends quit the Cobra Kai dojo.

Six months later, Daniel is upset that his girlfriend Ali has left him for a football player from UCLA. To make matters worse, he learns that he and his mother are moving to Fresno for the summer. Miyagi surprises Daniel by telling him that he has made arrangements with Mrs. Larusso to have Daniel live with him for the summer. Miyagi then receives a letter telling him his father is dying. He intends to return to Okinawa alone, but Daniel decides to accompany him. When Daniel asks Miyagi why he had left Okinawa in the first place, Miyagi answers that he loved a woman named Yukie, who was arranged to be married to Sato, son of the richest man in town, and Miyagi's best friend. Sato and Miyagi had studied karate together under Miyagi's father, in defiance of what was then the strict one-to-one father-to-son tradition of karate. One day, Miyagi had announced before the whole town that he wanted to marry Yukie. Sato had been insulted and had challenged Miyagi to a fight to the death. Rather than fight his best friend, Miyagi left Okinawa.

When they arrive at the airport in Okinawa, Miyagi and Daniel are greeted by a young man, Chozen Toguchi, who is Sato's nephew. Chozen drives Miyagi and Daniel in a reserved car to one of Sato's warehouses, instead of to Tome Village. Once there, Chozen emphatically orders Miyagi and Daniel out of the car and calls for his uncle, who is waiting. Sato has not forgotten his feud with Miyagi and demands to fight Miyagi after he sees his father. Again, Miyagi refuses, so Sato calls him a coward. Miyagi and Daniel are then left to fend on their own to get to Tome Village.

Miyagi and Daniel are welcomed to Tome village by Yukie and her niece Kumiko, to whom Daniel is attracted. Sato has become a rich industrialist whose supertrawlers have destroyed the local fish population, impoverishing the other villagers, who have turned to small farming to survive. The villagers must rent their property from Sato, who owns the entire village. Yukie reveals that because she loved Miyagi, she never married Sato.

Despite Miyagi's father's dying wish for his son and student to make peace with each other, Sato insists on fighting Miyagi, though, after his sensei's passing, he gives Miyagi three days to mourn. Miyagi shows Daniel that the secret to his family's karate lies in a handheld drum that beats itself when twisted back and forth. This "drum technique" represents the block-and-defense that Daniel begins to practice. Later, Yukie and Miyagi perform the tea ceremony together, which, Kumiko explains to Daniel, is a sign that they are renewing their love.

Daniel inadvertently reveals that the grocery business of Chozen and his cronies has been defrauding the villagers with rigged weights. The outraged farmers demand compensation. Chozen accuses Daniel of insulting his honor and being a coward. He and Daniel have a series of confrontations. Chozen attempts to humiliate Daniel by demanding that he chop through six blocks of ice, a seemingly impossible feat. Mr. Miyagi takes Chozen up on his bet at a dollar amount which Chozen cannot cover, but which Sato agrees to cover for Chozen. Daniel fulfills the challenge successfully, and Sato honors the terms of the wager despite his grudge.

Meanwhile, Daniel and Kumiko grow closer. She brings him to an old castle on the seacoast that Sato is allowing to deteriorate and be plundered.

The feud between Daniel and Chozen comes to a head when Sato, at the conclusion of the three-day mourning period, shows up to fight Miyagi. Because Miyagi is not present, Chozen and his cronies destroy the Miyagi family dojo and much of the garden, then Chozen attacks Daniel. When Miyagi arrives, Chozen, Taro, and Toshio attack him, but Miyagi defeats them easily. Realizing that he has put Daniel in danger, Miyagi plans to return home.

Before they can leave Okinawa, however, Sato shows up with earth-mover machines and threatens to destroy and redevelop the village if Miyagi continues to refuse to fight. Miyagi gives in on the condition that no matter who wins, Sato must sign the titles to the villagers's homes back over to them. Sato agrees. On the day the fight is to take place, Daniel and Kumiko, like Yukie and Miyagi, perform the ancient tea ceremony, ending with a kiss. Meanwhile, a typhoon strikes the village. The villagers take cover at a storm shelter, but Sato is still at his family's dojo. When the dojo is leveled by the storm, trapping Sato inside, Miyagi and Daniel rush to rescue him. Sato while being trapped believes Miyagi will win unfairly but instead Miyagi breaks a support beam that had pinned Sato down, freeing him.

After the three return to safety, Daniel goes out to rescue a child trapped in the bell tower. Sato orders Chozen to help Daniel, but Chozen refuses because of his grudge. Just as Miyagi goes out to help Daniel, Sato insists in helping him instead as gratitude for saving his life. After helping the child, Sato then disowns Chozen for refusing to cooperate. Chozen runs off in anger.

The next morning, the villagers set about rebuilding the village, and Sato returns with the bulldozers to get rid of debris and repair storm damage. Sato hands over the titles to the villagers' homes and asks Miyagi for forgiveness. Miyagi accepts his old friend's apology. Daniel asks Sato if the village may hold their upcoming O-bon festival on the castle grounds. Sato agrees and has one condition: that Daniel join in the celebration.

At the O-bon festival, Kumiko is performing a traditional dance when Chozen interrupts, taking her hostage at knifepoint. Sato tries to dissuade Chozen to stop this and admitting he was wrong for all the wrongdoings and his hatred towards Miyagi. But, having felt disowned, he sees no point in listening to his uncle and refuses. Chozen, now thirsty for revenge and restoration of his honor, threatens to kill Kumiko if Daniel does not fight him. Daniel agrees with Miyagi, who tells him that this is not a tournament, but a real fight. If he loses the fight, Chozen will kill him. The fight begins, and both Daniel and Chozen manage to land severe blows, with neither one managing to overwhelm the other. Just when Daniel seems on the verge of defeat, Miyagi beats his hand drum. As Chozen closes in for the kill, Daniel utilizes the drum technique to deflect Chozen's attacks and land counter-attacks. Daniel grabs the vanquished Chozen by his hair and cocks his hand back for the fatal blow, demanding he choose to, "Live or die, man!" When Chozen responds with "die," Daniel remembers how Mr. Miyagi handled Kreese, tweaks Chozen's nose and drops him to the ground. Daniel embraces Kumiko, while Miyagi looks on proudly.

Cast[edit]

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

Production[edit]

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 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]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's signature tune was Peter Cetera's song "Glory of Love", which was a #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.[4]

  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 was released separately on CD by Varèse Sarabande in a box set in 2007 and 2012.

  1. "Main Title"
  2. "No Mercy"
  3. "Six Months Later"
  4. "Breathing / Daniel Nails It"
  5. "Okinawa"
  6. "Honor Very Serious"
  7. "Time Flies"
  8. "Enter Sato"
  9. "Miyagi's Home"
  10. "No Choice"
  11. "The Funeral"
  12. "Their Song"
  13. "Rekindled Love"
  14. "Miyagi"
  15. "Miyagi's Attack"
  16. "Daniel and Kumiko"
  17. "Daniel Leaves"
  18. "Old Friends"
  19. "Moon Spots"
  20. "Daniel's Triumph"

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, 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.

Also in the "Clum Babies" episode of the animated series Drawn Together, when Ling-Ling and Ni-Pul battle, "Glory of Love" plays in the background.

Reception[edit]

Movie-gazette.com writer, Scott Tanski, gave the film a positive review, stating the film to be a "worthy follow-up to the first Karate Kid film, with added interest provided by its exotic locations and characters."[5] The film has a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[6] The movie received a moderate review from the Los Angeles Times,[7] and another from motion picture historian Leonard Maltin; the latter called it "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.[8]

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".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (1986-06-20). "SCREEN: 'KARATE KID PART II". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-25. [dead link]
  2. ^ "KARATE KID PART II". Variety. January 1, 1986. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  3. ^ (source) retrocrush.com
  4. ^ "Karate Kid Part II Vinyl Soundtrack (1986)". Etsy. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.movie-gazette.com/200/the-karate-kid-part-ii
  6. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/karate_kid_part_2/
  7. ^ Wilmington, Michael (1986-06-20). "Movie Review : Let's Hear It For A Winning 'Karate Ii'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  8. ^ "The Karate Kid Part II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 

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