The Karate Kid (franchise)
|The Karate Kid|
|Created by||Robert Mark Kamen|
|Original work||The Karate Kid (1984)|
|Films and television|
|Television series||Cobra Kai (2018)|
|Animated series||The Karate Kid (1989)|
The Karate Kid is an American martial arts drama multi-media franchise, created by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. The franchise began in 1984 with The Karate Kid, and was followed by three film sequels: The Karate Kid Part II (1986), The Karate Kid Part III (1989) and The Next Karate Kid (1994). Cobra Kai, a television series that serves as a sequel to the films, was released in 2018.
The success of the first two films spawned an animated television series that aired in 1989, while a remake film centered on kung fu was released in 2010, set outside of the main story and featuring a similar plot to the original.
While the first film garnered critical acclaim, critics were less enthusiastic about its sequels. However, the Cobra Kai television series garnered critical and audience acclaim. Furthermore, the series has also had a lasting influence on both karate culture and teen film narratives in America.
- The Karate Kid (1984)
- The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
- The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
- The Next Karate Kid (1994)
- The Karate Kid (2010)
|Characters||Original films||Animated series||Remake||Television series|
|The Karate Kid||The Karate Kid Part II||The Karate Kid Part III||The Next Karate Kid||The Karate Kid||The Karate Kid||Cobra Kai|
|Daniel LaRusso||Ralph Macchio||Joey Dedio||Ralph Macchio|
|Mr. Miyagi||Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
(martial arts double)
|Noriyuki "Pat" Morita||Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
(martial arts double)
|Robert Ito||Noriyuki "Pat" Morita|
|John Kreese||Martin Kove||Martin Kove|
|Johnny Lawrence||William Zabka||William Zabka
Owen D. Stone
|Bobby Brown||Ron Thomas||Ron Thomas
(uncredited, archive footage)
|Tommy||Rob Garrison||Rob Garrison
|Dutch||Chad McQueen||Chad McQueen
|Jimmy||Tony O'Dell||Tony O'Dell
|Ali Mills||Elisabeth Shue||Elisabeth Shue
|Lucille LaRusso||Randee Heller||Randee Heller
|Randee Heller||Randee Heller|
|Freddy Fernandez||Isarel Jurabe||Isarel Jurabe|
|Mrs. Milo||Frances Bay||Frances Bay|
|Sato Toguchi||Danny Kamekona|
|Chozen Toguchi||Yuji Okumoto|
|Miyagi's Father||Charlie Tanimoto|
|Terence "Terry" Silver||Thomas Ian Griffith|
|Michael "Mike" Barnes||Sean Kanan|
|Jessica Andrews||Robyn Lively|
|Julie Pierce||Hilary Swank|
|Louisa Pierce||Constance Towers|
|Ned Randall||Michael Cavelieri|
|Eric McGowen||Chris Conrad|
|Colonel Paul Dugan||Michael Ironside|
|Angel the Hawk||Frank Welker|
|Taki Tamurai||Janice Kawaye|
|Dre Parker||Jaden Smith|
|Mr. Han||Jackie Chan|
|Sherry Parker||Taraji P. Henson|
|Master Li||Yu Rongguang|
|Miguel Diaz||Xolo Maridueña|
|Samantha "Sam" LaRusso||Mary Mouser|
|Amanda LaRusso||Courtney Henggeler|
|Robby Keene||Tanner Buchanan|
|Sid Weinberg||Ed Asner|
Micheal H. Cole
|Anthony LaRusso||Griffin Santopietro|
|The Karate Kid||John G. Avildsen||Jerry Weintraub||Robert Mark Kamen||Bill Conti||John G. Avildsen
Bud S. Smith
|The Karate Kid Part II||John. G Alvidsen|
|The Karate Kid Part III||John G. Avildsen
Bud S. Smith
|The Next Karate Kid||Christopher Cain||Mark Lee||Ronald Roose||László Kovács|
|The Karate Kid||Harald Zwart||Jerry Weintraub
Jada Pinkett Smith
|Christopher Murphey||James Horner||Joel Negron||Roger Pratt|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Budget||Ref(s)|
|The Karate Kid||June 22, 1984||$90,815,558||$90,815,558||$8 million|||
|The Karate Kid Part II||June 20, 1986||$115,103,979||$115,103,979||$13 million|||
|The Karate Kid Part III||June 30, 1989||$38,956,288||$38,956,288||$12.5 million|||
|The Next Karate Kid||September 9, 1994||$8,914,777||$6,912,207||$15,826,984||$12 million|||
|The Karate Kid||June 11, 2010||$176,591,618||$182,534,404||$359,126,022||$40 millon|||
|The Karate Kid (original)||90% (42 reviews)|
|The Karate Kid Part II||43% (23 reviews)|
|The Karate Kid Part III||16% (32 reviews)|
|The Next Karate Kid||7% (27 reviews)|
|The Karate Kid (remake)||65% (203 reviews)||61 (37 reviews)|
|Cobra Kai: Season 1||100% (30 reviews)|
The film spawned a franchise of related items and memorabilia such as action figures, head bands, posters, T-shirts, and a video game. 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 Amazon.com.
The music video for the song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings stars William Zabka (who also directed the video) as a caricature of himself and features references to The Karate Kid, including cameo appearances by Zabka's former Karate Kid co-stars.
Macchio and Zabka made a guest appearance as themselves in the How I Met Your Mother episode "The Bro Mitzvah". In the episode, Macchio is invited to Barney Stinson's bachelor party, leading to Barney shouting that he hates Macchio and that Johnny was the real hero of The Karate Kid. Towards the end of the episode, a clown in the party wipes off his makeup and reveals himself as Zabka.
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