Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Karate Kid

First and Foremost
Director: Harald Zwart
Writers: Christopher Murhpey (Screenplay)
             Robert Mark Kamen (Story)
Stars:  Jackie Chan
          Jaden Smith
          Taraji P. Henson
Release Date: June 11, 2010 (Philippines)
Genre:  Action, Drama

Official Trailer

12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China.

Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng.

In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu.

As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

First parts of the film wants to tell the viewers how very sad and lonely 'Karate Kid' is and they have done it well. Jaden's expressions and actions are good alright. The scene effects are good too.

But the movie wasn't packed with actions as I expected it to be. Jackie Chan only had a few fight scenes. Though we all know that he is old, he has to keep and live up his name and the subject he is known for his shows and movies. If not, don't let him make any movie. Right? Harsh but true.

The film is revised and basing it to the old version (which I have seen a few months ago in a cable channel)- this 2010 Karate Kid is really good. I admire dramatic parts. The words uttered bu Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in most of their conversations are full of lessons. I suppose the writer should be congratulated.

The thrilling parts are good. It made me really thrill most especially in a part where 'Karate Kid' fights in for the 'Champion' title in the Kung Fu Tournament.

In the end part of the film. It seems to be hanging but I know it is a part of the show to make it look like that. Celebration. Pause and lights out. Done. 


  1. i think i'll be very biased when i get to see this movie. i'm a nineties kid and the karate kid during its release in the late eighties is really phenomenal. every kid in the neighborhood wants to be like him!

    i hope the remake doesn't destroy my childhood memories! :)

  2. I have watched the old version and it's really nice though I don't know the actor who is playiing the role of 'Karate Kid'. It's a big factor being familiar with actors and actresses in the movies we watch you know :)

    As for me, this Karate Kid 2010 has lived up the expectations of many movie critics. I'm one of those who is rating the movie in the 'good' stage. I mean- beyond average rating.


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