One of my favorite movies! I don't know how they could call the new film The Karate Kid. Anyone who knows martial arts would know that karate is a martial art native to JAPAN rather than CHINA! Karate is Japanese, not Chinese. People keep mixing these 2 together!!
-Stars Ralph Maccio as Daniel, Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita
Did You Know?
-Mr. Miyagi is named for Chogun Miyagi, who became the forerunner of karate and jiujistu in Okinawa, Japan
-The song Miyagi sings while drunk are bits and pieces of a Japanese folk song he heard as a child
-During the scene where Miyagi is celebrating an anniversary, he reveals that he was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This team was made up of mostly Japanese American men who were interned in the camps. This team became the most highly known and highly decorated unit in the history of the American military system.
-The medal Mr. Miyagi has is a Medal of Honor, the highest decoration awarded by the US. It's trademark look are the blue ribbon and the word "valor" on it. In real life, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team had 21 Medal of Honor recipients, including Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye. This team also was awarded 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 56 Silver Stars, 4,000 Bronze Stars, 9486 Purple Hearts
-Daniel LaRusso(Ralph Maccio) is a high school senior who moves with his mother (Randee Heller), from Newark, New Jersey to Reseda, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, California. They share an apartment building with a resident handyman who is an eccentric, yet kind and humble immigrant from Okinawa named Mr. Miyagi(Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)