The Karate Kid (franchise)

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The Karate Kid
Created byRobert Mark Kamen
Original workThe Karate Kid (1984)
OwnerColumbia Pictures Industries
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Films and television
Television seriesCobra Kai (2018–present)
Animated seriesThe Karate Kid (1989)
Video game(s)
Character(s)List of characters

The Karate Kid is an American martial arts drama franchise created by Robert Mark Kamen. The series follows the journey of various coming-of-age teenagers who are taught in the ways of martial arts by an experienced mentor in order to stand up for themselves after being bullied, or assert their dominance towards others.

The original film series began as a tetralogy, starting with the release of The Karate Kid (1984), after the success of which three sequels were produced: The Karate Kid Part II (1986), The Karate Kid Part III (1989), and The Next Karate Kid (1994). In 2010, a remake with a similar storyline but with a different set of characters, was released. Despite maintaining the original title, the remake focused on kung fu, as the film was set in China. A sixth film, Karate Kid, with Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio reprising their roles from previous films, is scheduled to be released in late 2024.

Cobra Kai (2018–present) offers a continuation of the story that begins in the original films of the 1980s and 1990s created, three decades later. While directly based on Kamen's characters, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg created this series.

An animated series, as well as tie-in video games among other pieces of merchandise, have also been released alongside the films.


The Karate Kid (1984)[edit]

Daniel LaRusso and his mother have just moved to Reseda, Los Angeles from Newark, New Jersey at the start of the school year. Befriending classmate Ali Mills, he comes into conflict with Ali's ex-boyfriend and star pupil of the "Cobra Kai" dojo Johnny Lawrence and his gang. After being beaten up by the Cobra Kai gang in an after-school fight, Daniel finds an unlikely friend and karate sensei in his apartment complex's handyman, Mr. Miyagi, a proficient karate master. Making a deal with Johnny's merciless sensei, John Kreese, to end the fighting, Miyagi trains Daniel to compete at the All-Valley Karate Tournament.

The Karate Kid Part II (1986)[edit]

Immediately following the All-Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny is attacked by his furious sensei, John Kreese, in the parking lot. Mr. Miyagi intervenes, rescuing Johnny and passively humiliating Kreese in the process. Six months later, Miyagi receives a letter about his ailing father and plans to return to his home village on Okinawa Island. With Daniel in tow, Miyagi's past catches up with him as an old rivalry with a former friend is reignited.

The Karate Kid Part III (1989)[edit]

Six months after the 1984 All-Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out John Kreese visits his Vietnam War comrade, rich businessman Terry Silver. Silver sends Kreese on vacation to Tahiti, promising to re-establish the Cobra Kai dojo and get revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. Meanwhile, Daniel and Miyagi have returned home from Okinawa to find Daniel's apartment building being demolished and his mother back in New Jersey taking care of a sick relative; Miyagi invites Daniel to stay with him. When Miyagi refuses to train Daniel to defend his title at the tournament, Daniel happens across Silver who offers to train him Cobra Kai-style.

The Next Karate Kid (1994)[edit]

Mr. Miyagi (the only character from the previous films to return) travels to Boston, Massachusetts in order to attend a commemorative service in for the Japanese-American soldiers who fought in the 442nd Infantry Regiment in World War II. While there, he reacquaints with Louisa Pierce, the widow of his commanding officer. Louisa introduces him to his rebellious teenage granddaughter Julie, whose anger issues – resulting from her parents' deaths – make life difficult for Louisa. Offering to help, Miyagi sends Louisa to his home in Los Angeles for respite while he works to mentor Julie. Julie initially rebuffs Miyagi's help, but warms to him after coming into conflict with the leader of her school's shady security fraternity, Ned.

The Karate Kid (2010)[edit]

In this remake of the 1984 film, Dre Parker and his mother move from Detroit to Beijing after she transfers jobs from a car factory in the city. He befriends Meiying, a young musician who goes to his school, but draws the unwanted attention of Cheng, a kung fu prodigy whose family is close to Meiying's. Cheng and his friends relentlessly bully Dre at school to keep him away from Meiying, resulting in a fight on a school field trip where Dre is beaten up before being saved by his apartment building's maintenance man, Mr. Han. After failing to end the bullying by talking with Cheng's ruthless kung fu teacher, Mr. Han agrees to train Dre to compete at an upcoming kung fu tournament.

Karate Kid (2024)[edit]

In September 2022, a new film was announced as being in development, described as "the return of the original Karate Kid franchise".[1][2] Cobra Kai co-creator Jon Hurwitz later stated that he was not involved with the project, and that it was not directly connected to the television series.[3]

In August 2023, it was reported that Jackie Chan would be reprising his role from the 2010 film.[4] By November of the same year, Chan officially joined the cast, alongside Ralph Macchio, in their respective roles as Mr. Han and Daniel LaRusso. The studio announced a worldwide open casting call for an actor to star as the movie's iteration of the titular character. Jonathan Entwistle will serve as director from a script written by Rob Lieber, where the plot will involve a teen from China moving to the East Coast and beginning to study martial arts. Karen Rosenfelt will produce the film, with principal photography scheduled to occur in Montreal to last from April 01 to June 03 under the working title “Victory Boulevard”.[5] Originally scheduled to be released on June 7, 2024, the film was delayed to December 13, 2024, in part as a result of the 2023 writers and actors strikes.[1][6] In February 2024, Ben Wang was cast as the titular character.[7] In March, Joshua Jackson, Sadie Stanley and Ming-Na Wen were cast in undisclosed roles.[8]

Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter Story by Producer(s) Status
The Karate Kid June 22, 1984 (1984-06-22) John G. Avildsen Robert Mark Kamen Jerry Weintraub Released
The Karate Kid Part II June 20, 1986 (1986-06-20)
The Karate Kid Part III June 30, 1989 (1989-06-30)
The Next Karate Kid August 12, 1994 (1994-08-12) Christopher Cain Mark Lee
The Karate Kid June 11, 2010 (2010-06-11) Harald Zwart Christopher Murphey Robert Mark Kamen Will Smith, Ken Stovitz, James Lassiter, Jerry Weintraub & Jada Pinkett Smith
Karate Kid December 13, 2024 (2024-12-13) Jonathan Entwistle Rob Lieber Karen Rosenfelt Filming

Television series[edit]

SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally releasedShowrunner(s)
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
The Karate Kid113September 9, 1989 (1989-09-09)December 16, 1989 (1989-12-16)NBCLarry Houston
Cobra Kai110May 2, 2018 (2018-05-02)YouTube RedJosh Heald, Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg
210April 24, 2019 (2019-04-24)YouTube Premium
310January 1, 2021 (2021-01-01)Netflix
410December 31, 2021 (2021-12-31)
510September 9, 2022 (2022-09-09)

The Karate Kid (1989)[edit]

In this animated children's television series, a miniature shrine with mystical properties has been stolen from its resting place in Okinawa. Joined by Taki Tamurai, Daniel and Mr. Miyagi are tasked with locating it and returning it home, traveling the globe on a series of adventures. The characters were not voiced by the original film actors, although Pat Morita voiced the opening narration.

With regard to Cobra Kai, executive producer and co-creator Jon Hurwitz revealed that The Karate Kid series is not canon, but an Easter Egg from it appears in Season 3 in response to the question about the Karate Kid animated series official status within The Karate Kid universe.[10] The Easter Egg was the Miyagi-Do shrine, briefly seen at Chozen Toguchi's dojo in Okinawa halfway through the season. The artifacts were recovered by Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi in the short-lived Karate Kid animated series, which ran for thirteen episodes in 1989.[11]

Cobra Kai (2018–present)[edit]

34 years after the 1984 All-Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence, now in his 50s, has just lost his job. After getting arrested for rescuing his teenage neighbor Miguel Diaz from a group of bullies, then getting cut-loose and disowned by his stepfather, Johnny agrees to teach Miguel karate and reopens the Cobra Kai dojo, attracting social outcasts who build their self-confidence under his unorthodox tutelage. Meanwhile, Daniel LaRusso owns a successful chain of car dealerships and is happily married to his wife Amanda but struggles to keep a balanced life without the guidance of his now-deceased mentor, Mr. Miyagi. Johnny's estranged and troubled son, Robby Keene, hoping to get back at his father, comes under Daniel's wing – initially not knowing Robby's parentage – giving Robby a job at his car dealership and teaching him Miyagi-Do karate. Daniel and Johnny come into conflict after Cobra Kai's return is made public, while Daniel's daughter Samantha gets caught in the middle.

According to Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, the only characters that they would explore in the series were ones who featured in the first four movies. The creatives stated that they internally reference these characters as a part of the "Miyagi-verse", and explained that they are those who interacted directly with the character of Mr. Miyagi.[12]

Cast and characters[edit]

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Character Films Television Video games Broadway
The Karate Kid The Karate Kid Part II The Karate Kid Part III The Next Karate Kid The Karate Kid Karate Kid The Karate Kid Cobra Kai Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues Cobra Kai 2: Dojo's Rising The Karate Kid The Musical
Principal cast
Daniel LaRusso Ralph Macchio Ralph Macchio Joey DedioV Ralph Macchio Ralph MacchioV John Cardoza
Mr. Miyagi Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
Fumio DemuraF
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
Fumio DemuraF
Robert ItoV Noriyuki "Pat" MoritaA Jovanni Sy
John Kreese Martin Kove Martin Kove
Barrett CarnahanY
Brent MukaiV Martin KoveV Alan H. Green
John "Johnny" Lawrence William Zabka William ZabkaA William Zabka
Owen StoneY
Thomas ParobekY
Logan CoffeyY
William ZabkaV Jake Bentley Young
Ali Mills Elisabeth Shue Elisabeth ShueA Elisabeth Shue Jessica RauV Jetta Juriansz
Chozen Toguchi Yuji Okumoto Yuji Okumoto
Shigi OhtsuY
Yuji OkumotoV
Sato Danny Kamekona Danny KamekonaA
Akihiro KitamuraY
Kumiko Tamlyn Tomita Tamlyn Tomita
Terrence "Terry" Silver Thomas Ian Griffith Thomas Ian Griffith
Nick MariniY
Thomas Ian GriffithV
Michael "Mike" Barnes Sean Kanan Sean Kanan
Jessica Andrews Robyn Lively Robyn Lively
Julie Pierce Hilary Swank
Ned Randall Michael Cavelieri
Colonel Paul Dugan Michael Ironside
Dre Parker Jaden Smith
Mr. Han Jackie Chan
Cheng Zhenwei Wang
Master Li Rongguang Yu
Miguel Diaz Xolo Maridueña Joe ZiejaV Xolo MaridueñaV
Samantha "Sam" LaRusso Mary Mouser
Reese TinLeeY
Valerie Rose LohmanV Mary MouserV
Robert "Robby" Keene Tanner Buchanan Spencer GreeneV
Tory Nichols Peyton List Jessica RauV Peyton ListV
Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz Jacob Bertrand Jacob BertrandV
Demetri Alexopoulos Gianni Decenzo Gianni DecenzoV
Kenny Payne Dallas Dupree Young Zeno RobinsonV
Supporting cast
Lucille LaRusso Randee Heller Randee HellerA Randee Heller Randee Heller Kate Baldwin
Bobby Brown Ron Thomas Ron ThomasA Ron Thomas Brent MukaiV
Tommy Rob Garrison Rob GarrisonA Rob Garrison
Dutch Chad McQueen Chad McQueenA Chad McQueenA
Jimmy Tony O'Dell Tony O'DellA Tony O'Dell
Mrs. Mills Sharon Spelman Deborah May
Freddy Fernandez Israel Juarbe Israel JurabeA Luis-Pablo Garcia
Mrs. Milo Frances Bay Frances BayC Frances BayA
Yukie Nobu McCarthy Nobu McCarthyA
Yuna Traci Toguchi Traci Toguchi
Miyagi's father Charlie Tanimoto
Snake Jonathan Avildsen Jonathan AvildsenA
Dennis Christopher Paul Ford Christopher Paul FordA
Louisa Pierce Constance Towers
Eric McGowen Chris Conrad
Angel the Hawk Frank WelkerV
Meiying Wenwen Han
Sherry Parker Taraji P. Henson
Harry Luke Carberry
Taki Tamurai Janice KawayeV
Carmen Diaz Vanessa Rubio Appeared Jessica RauV
Amanda Steiner-LaRusso Courtney Henggeler Valerie Rose LohmanV
Hector Salazar Luis Roberto Guzmán



The Karate Kid is a semi-autobiographical story based on the life of its screenwriter, Robert Mark Kamen. At age 17, after the 1964 New York World's Fair, Kamen was beaten up by a gang of bullies. He thus began to study martial arts in order to defend himself.[13] Kamen was unhappy with his first teacher who taught martial arts as a tool for violence and revenge. He moved on to study Okinawan Gōjū-ryū karate under a Japanese teacher who did not speak English, but was himself a student of Chōjun Miyagi.[13]

As a Hollywood screenwriter, Kamen was mentored by Frank Price who told him that producer Jerry Weintraub had optioned a news article about the young child of a single mother who had earned a black belt to defend himself against the neighborhood bullies. Kamen then combined his own life story with the news article and used both to create the screenplay for The Karate Kid.[13] Additionally, given John G. Avildsen's involvement with both films, Sylvester Stallone often joked with Kamen that the writer had "ripped off" the Rocky films with The Karate Kid.[13]

DC Comics had a character called Karate Kid. The filmmakers received special permission from DC Comics in 1984 to use the title for the first film (and subsequent sequels).[14]

A number of actors were considered for the part of Daniel LaRusso (originally Daniel Weber), including Sean Penn,[14] Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer,[15] Emilio Estevez, Nicolas Cage, Anthony Edwards, C. Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Eric Stoltz and D. B. Sweeney.[13] Ralph Macchio was ultimately cast on the strength of his performance as Johnny Cade in The Outsiders (1983).[13] Macchio has stated that his performance as Johnny influenced the development of Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid.[16][17]

Macchio later commented that the character was originally named Danny Weber, but was later changed to LaRusso.[13]

The studio originally wanted the role of Mr. Miyagi to be played by Toshiro Mifune, who had appeared in the Akira Kurosawa films Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), and The Hidden Fortress (1958), but the actor did not speak English.[13] Pat Morita later auditioned for the role but was rejected for the part due to his close association with stand-up comedy and with his character Arnold on the sitcom Happy Days.[13] After a few failed attempts, Morita grew a beard and patterned his accent after his uncle, which led to him being cast in the role.[18]

Abandoned projects[edit]

In a 2020 interview with Collider, William Zabka revealed that Pat Morita pitched him an idea in 2005, for a fifth film. The plot would have revolved around Johnny Lawrence who is now a doctor and tasked with caregiving for Mr. Miyagi; who is in the final stages of his life and whose health is failing him. During the early days of development, Morita passed away and the project was abandoned.[19]

In January 2022, Ralph Macchio revealed that he had previously been approached in 2012 about the potential for a The Karate Kid and Rocky crossover film. Intended to be directed by John G. Avildsen, the plot would have involved Daniel LaRusso's daughter and Rocky Balboa, Jr. opening a dojo together. Macchio stated that he and Milo Ventimiglia were pitched the idea, but described the concept as "awful". After Macchio expressed his disinterest in the story, the project subsequently fell into development hell, before being abandoned in favor of Creed and Cobra Kai.[20]

Additional production and crew details[edit]

Film Crew/Detail
Composer Cinematographer Editor(s) Production
Running time
The Karate Kid (1984) Bill Conti James Crabe John G. Avildsen, Walt Mulconery & Bud S. Smith Columbia Pictures,
Jerry Weintraub Productions,
Delphi II Productions
Columbia Pictures 2 hrs 7 mins
The Karate Kid Part II John G. Avildsen, David Garfield & Jane Kurson Columbia Pictures,
Delphi V Productions
1 hr 53 mins
The Karate Kid Part III Steve Yaconelli John G. Avildsen & John Carter Columbia Pictures,
Weintraub International Group
1 hr 51 mins
The Next Karate Kid László Kovács Ronald Roose Columbia Pictures 1 hr 47 mins
Cobra Kai Leo Birenberg & Zach Robinson Cameron Duncan Nicholas Monsour, Jeff Seibenick & Ivan Victor Sony Pictures Television Studios,
Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions,
Overbrook Entertainment,
Heald Productions,
Counterbalance Entertainment,
YouTube Red Originals,
YouTube Premium Originals,
Netflix Originals
YouTube Red[a]
YouTube Premium[b]
25 hrs
(30 mins/episode)
Untitled sixth Karate Kid film (2024) TBA TBA TBA Columbia Pictures Sony Pictures Releasing TBD
The Karate Kid
(The Series)
Shuki Levy & Haim Saban Art direction:

Victor Dal Chele & Russ Heath

Karen Rosenbloom & Donald P. Zappala Columbia Pictures Television,
Saban Entertainmen,
DiC Entertainment
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) 6 hrs 30 mins
(30 mins/episode)
The Karate Kid (2010) James Horner Roger Pratt Joel Negron Columbia Pictures,
Jerry Weintraub,
Overbrook Entertainment,
China Film Group Corporation,
Emperor Film Productions
Sony Pictures Releasing 2 hrs 20 mins


Box office performance[edit]

The franchise as a whole has been a box office success.

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref
United States and Canada North American
gross when adjusted
for inflation
Other territories Worldwide
The Karate Kid (1984) June 22, 1984 $100,400,529[c] $294,448,188 ? $300,442,786[d] $8 million [26][27]
The Karate Kid Part II June 20, 1986 $115,103,979 $319,942,936 ? $13 million [28]
The Karate Kid Part III June 30, 1989 $38,956,288 $95,754,033 ? $12.5 million [29]
The Next Karate Kid August 12, 1994 $8,914,777 $18,325,931 $7,100,000 $16,014,777 $12 million [30][31]
The Karate Kid (2010) June 11, 2010 $176,591,618 $246,737,808 $182,534,404 $359,126,022 $40 million [32]
Total $439,967,191 $1,066,699,026 $189,634,404+ $675,583,585 $85.5 million
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Critical and public response[edit]

The franchise as a whole has received mixed reviews.

Film/Television Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Cinemascore[33]
The Karate Kid (1984) 89% (44 reviews)[34] 60 (15 reviews)[35]
The Karate Kid Part II 44% (32 reviews)[36] 55 (9 reviews)[37] A–
The Karate Kid Part III 13% (32 reviews)[38] 36 (12 reviews)[39] B–
The Next Karate Kid 7% (27 reviews)[40] 36 (15 reviews)[41] B+
The Karate Kid (2010) 66% (211 reviews)[42] 61 (37 reviews)[43] A
Cobra Kai: Season 1 100% (49 reviews)[44] 72 (11 reviews)[45]
Cobra Kai: Season 2 91% (31 reviews)[46] 66 (7 reviews)[47]
Cobra Kai: Season 3 90% (51 reviews)[48] 72 (15 reviews)[49]
Cobra Kai: Season 4 95% (37 reviews)[50] 70 (8 reviews)[51]
Cobra Kai: Season 5 98% (44 reviews)[52] 80 (4 reviews)[53]

Cultural influence[edit]

The series has been credited for popularizing Karate in the United States.[54][55]

In other media[edit]


In January 2020, a Broadway musical adaptation of The Karate Kid was revealed to be in development. Amon Miyamoto serves as director, with an accompanying novel being written by the original film's screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. Drew Gasparini serves as the lyricist and composer of the score, while Keone & Mari Madrid choreograph the play. Kumiko Yoshii, Michael Wolk serve as producers, with The Kinoshita Group. The cast includes Jovanni Sy as Mr. Miyagi, John Cardoza as Daniel LaRusso, Kate Baldwin as Lucille LaRusso, Alan H. Green as John Kreese, Jake Bentley Young as Johnny Lawrence, Jetta Juriansz as Ali Mills and Luis-Pablo Garcia as Freddie Fernandez.[56] The opening date has yet to be announced.[57]


The film spawned a franchise of related items and memorabilia such as action figures, head bands, posters, and T-shirts. A novelization was made by B.B. Hiller and published in 1984. The novel had a scene that was in the rehearsal when Daniel encounters Johnny during school at lunch. Also at the end, there was a battle between Miyagi and Kreese in the parking lot after the tournament which was the original ending for the film and used as the beginning of The Karate Kid Part II.

In 2015, toy company Funko revived The Karate Kid action figures. Two versions of character Daniel Larusso, a version of character Johnny Lawrence and a version of Mr. Miyagi were part of the line. The toys were spotted at retailers Target and[58]

Video games[edit]

A video game based on the first film was developed by Atlus and published by LJN for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. A video game based on the second film, titled The Karate Kid Part II: The Computer Game, was released in 1986.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues, a video game based on the television series Cobra Kai, was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in October 2020,[59] while Microsoft Windows version was released in January 2021.

A mobile game entitled Cobra Kai: Card Fighter was released on iOS and Android devices in March 2021.

A sequel to Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues developed by Flux Games and published by GameMill Entertainment titled Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising was released on November 8, 2022 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows via Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.[60]


In 2022, Ralph Macchio published the memoir Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me (Dutton), in which he reflects upon the making of and legacy of the Karate Kid films and Cobra Kai.[61]

Canceled projects[edit]

In the January 2022, Ralph Macchio revealed that in 2012 he had been approached about a potential Rocky and The Karate Kid crossover film, which the associated studios had intended to be directed by John G. Avildsen. The plot would have followed Daniel LaRusso's daughter and Rocky Balboa Jr. (portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia), as the pair "get together and open a dojo". Describing the concept as "awful", Macchio declined reprising his role and the project subsequently entered development hell, before being abandoned in favor of the Creed films and Cobra Kai instead.[62]


  1. ^ YouTube Red was the original distributor for season 1 of Cobra Kai.
  2. ^ YouTube Premium was the original distributor for season 2 of Cobra Kai.
  3. ^ $100 million up until 1985.[21] 2018 and 2019 re-releases grossed $400,529.[22][23]
  4. ^ The original trilogy grossed $300 million worldwide up until 1994.[24] Between 2018 and 2020, the original film grossed a further $400,529 in the United States and Canada,[22][23] and $42,257 in the United Kingdom and Australia.[25]


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