life can take
and a change that starts off in a
difficult way can turn into a wonderful
discovery as it does not only for
The Karate Kid when he and his mother
move to China, but also for a troubled
WHEN HIS MOTHER IS TRANSFERRED TO BEIJING, twelve-year-old Dre Parker (rising
star Jaden Smith: The Pursuit of Happyness; The Day The Earth Stood Still)
is reluctant to leave his many friends in Detroit, but he is soon to find
that China can provide him with a learning curve that is invaluable.
Friendless and in a strange land, Dre meets the amiable Harry who persuades him to talk to the lovely Mei Ying, with whom he finds a mutual attraction. But cultural differences get in the way of their friendship and Dre also finds he has made an enemy of the class bully, Cheng.
China is the land of Kung Fu and Cheng is learning the art from Master Li, who teaches his charges the mantra "No Weakness; No Pain; No Mercy". When Cheng attacks Dre, the young American has no chance of protecting himself as he knows only a little karate and is badly beaten.
Refusing help from Harry and Mei Ying, the 'karate kid' gets himself home to his mother (Academy Award® nominee Taraji P Henson: 2008, Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). The next time Dre falls foul of Cheng and his cronies, help comes from an unexpected source the maintenance man, Mr Han (the fabulous martial arts legend Jackie Chan: Rush Hour; Shanghai Noon).
Gradually Dre and Mr Han begin to bond and the karate kid becomes accomplished at Kung Fu under the expert guidance of the maintenance man. Dre learns obedience, patience, serenity and respect and Mr Han is at last able to face his demons. But Dre still has to face a challenge: the Open Kung Fu Tournament that will take every ounce of courage he can muster to face the bullies.
Will Dre survive the challenge and will he be able to persuade Mei Ling's family that he is a worthy friend to their daughter? The box office smash The Karate Kid is an action-packed, feel-good family film about how perseverance leads to triumph. A very satisfying movie with a moral message; the lead roles brilliantly and poignantly acted by the inimitable Jackie Chan and the gifted young Jaden Smith.
Music supervision by Pilar McCurry; Music Composed by James Horner; Director of Photography is Roger Pratt, BSC; Executive Producers: Dany Wolf (The Nanny Diaries; Junebug), Susan Ekins (Oceans 11/12/13) and Han San Ping (Kung Fu Hero; Go, Lala, Go!); Produced by Powerhouse Producer Jerry Weintraub (The Karate Kid ; Oceans 11/12/13); Produced by Will Smith (Seven Pounds; Hancock), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Nutty Professor), James Lassiter (Seven Pounds; Hancock) and Ken Stovitz; Story by Robert Mark Kamen; Screenplay by Christopher Murphey; and Directed by Harald Zwart (Pink Panther 2; Agent Cody Banks).
The knock-out movie of the summer, The Karate Kid arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, on 15 November 2010. Certificate: PG | RRP: Blu-ray Combi-Pack £26.99; DVD £19.99 | Running Time: Blu-ray 140 Minutes; DVD 134 Minutes.
Blu-ray Special Bonus Features
On Location: The Karate Kid Interactive Map of China (Highlighting the amazing locations where the movie was shot) | Alternative Ending: Watch Jackie Chan Fight | Play All Hosted by Jackie Chan | Production Diaries Hosted by Jackie Chan | Chinese Lessons: Learn Chinese! | Music Video: Justin Bieber Featuring Jaden Smith "Never Say Never" | Just For Kicks: The Making of The Karate Kid | movieIQ+sync™ | PS3 Wallpaper Theme. The Blu-ray disc version of The Karate Kid is BD-Live enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an internet connected Blu-ray player to download content.
"The Karate Kid… A very satisfying movie with a moral message; the lead roles brilliantly and poignantly acted by the inimitable Jackie Chan and the gifted young Jaden Smith" Maggie Woods, MotorBar