The Karate Kid, Part II
|The Karate Kid, Part II|
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|
|Music by||Bill Conti|
|Edited by||John G. Avildsen
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release dates||June 20, 1986|
|Running time||113 minutes|
|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.
The film picks up after the end of The Karate Kid. John Kreese, furious over Johnny's loss to Daniel at the All-Valley Karate Tournament, viciously attacks Johnny in the parking lot. Miyagi rescues Johnny and passively immobilizes Kreese before showing him mercy, comically tweaking his nose instead of dealing him a fatal blow.
Six months later, Daniel furiously tells Miyagi that Ali wrecked his car and fell for a football player from UCLA and that he will spend his summer in Fresno due to his mom's new job. Also, Miyagi receives a letter telling him his father is dying. He intends to return to his home village in Okinawa alone, but Daniel decides to accompany him. Miyagi tells Daniel that he left Okinawa because 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. One day, Miyagi announced before the whole town that he wanted to marry Yukie. Insulted, Sato challenged Miyagi to a fight to the death. Rather than fight his best friend, Miyagi left Okinawa.
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 he is Sato's nephew. Once there, Sato demands to fight Miyagi after he visits his father. Miyagi refuses. Miyagi and Daniel are welcomed to his village by Yukie and her niece Kumiko. 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. After Miyagi's father dies, Sato gives him three days to mourn before their fight. Miyagi shows Daniel that the secret to his family's karate lies in a handheld drum that twists back and forth. This "drum technique" represents the block-and-defense that Daniel begins to practice.
Daniel discovers that Chozen's grocery business has been defrauding the villagers, who subsequently demand compensation. Chozen accuses Daniel of insulting his honor. He and Daniel 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 destroy the Miyagi family dojo and much of the garden, then Chozen attacks Daniel. When Miyagi arrives, Chozen and his friends attack him, but Miyagi defeats them. Miyagi and Daniel plan to return home. Before they can leave Sato shows up with bulldozers and threatens to destroy the village if Miyagi refuses 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 of the fight, 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 Miyagi and Daniel rush to rescue him. Miyagi breaks a support beam that had pinned Sato down, freeing him.
Daniel then goes out to rescue a child trapped in the bell tower. Sato orders Chozen to help Daniel, but Chozen refuses. Just as Miyagi goes out to help Daniel, Sato insists in helping him instead. After helping the child, Sato disowns Chozen for refusing to cooperate. Chozen runs off in anger. The next morning, the villagers are rebuilding the village, and Sato returns with his bulldozers to help. Sato hands over the titles to the villagers' homes and asks Miyagi for forgiveness. Miyagi accepts his old friend's apology. Sato invites Daniel to the upcoming O-bon festival.
At the festival, Kumiko is performing a dance when Chozen interrupts, taking her hostage. Chozen, wanting revenge and to restore his honor, threatens to kill Kumiko if Daniel does not fight him. The fight begins; Daniel fights well, but is overwhelmed by Chozen. Miyagi responds by beating 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, demanding he choose to, "Live or die, man!" When Chozen responds with "die," Daniel remembers how Miyagi handled Kreese, tweaking Chozen's nose and dropping him to the ground. Daniel embraces Kumiko, while Miyagi looks on proudly.
- Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso
- Pat Morita as Kesuke Miyagi
- Martin Kove as John Kreese
- Nobu McCarthy as Yukie
- Tamlyn Tomita as Kumiko
- Yuji Okumoto as Chozen Toguchi
- Joey Miyashima as Toshio
- Marc Hayashi as Taro
- Danny Kamekona as Sato
- Tony O'Dell as Jimmy
- William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence
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 population as well as the convenience of shooting in the U.S.
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, had been planning an acting comeback for quite sometime. 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. 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.
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.
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.
- "Glory of Love" (Peter Cetera)
- "Rock 'n' Roll Over You" (The Moody Blues)
- "Fish for Life" (Mancrab)
- "Rock Around the Clock" (Paul Rodgers)
- "Let Me at 'Em" (Southside Johnny)
- "This Is the Time" (Dennis DeYoung)
- "Earth Angel" (New Edition)
- "Love Theme from Karate Kid II" (Bill Conti)
- "Two Looking at One" (Carly Simon)
- "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
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 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 22 reviews. Movie-gazette.com 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." The movie received a moderate review from the Los Angeles Times, 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."
The movie made $115,103,979 in its North American release.
Awards and nominations
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".
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