Has the same director as Rocky and was envisioned as a Rocky movie for children.
I resisted seeing The Karate Kid for a long time for the same reason Dan did: I thought it was a karate movie, and I just wasn't into karate.
A friend of mine who was into karate--he had a red belt, as I recall--refused to see it because he insisted it was so unrealistic about karate matches. A move like sweeping the leg, he kept telling anyone who would listen, would get a competitor disqualified.
This seriously undermined his claim that practicing karate made a person smarter.
In the special DVD Ralph Macchio also says that he and the rest of the cast, of course, did not know karate. He and Pat Morita were trained in a totally different style from the "bad kids," and kept separate from them during the preparation for their roles.
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