Is ‘The Karate Kid’ Going Back to ‘The Kung Fu Kid?’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2012 at 9:48 am,

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First it was The Karate Kid, then it was The Kung Fu Kid, then it was back to The Karate Kid. However, is it about to be renamed The Kung Fu Kid…again?

So says star and Kung Fu…I mean Karate…er… I mean…oh… movie star Jackie Chan.

According to MTV via jadensmith.org via our reader Jon, Chan gave away some details on the title change when he was at the People Choice Awards. Chan is quoted as saying the following:

“We just finished the movie, Karate Kid. Um, the Kung Fu Kid. I don’t know. Probably Kung Fu Kid in China and Karate Kid in America. Maybe a different title? I don’t know. But mostly we’ve called it ‘The Kung Fu Kid.”

Chan went on to explain:

“It’s a totally different story; a totally different story. I was in China, Jaden was all the way from America to China, then they see me, then it’s how I teach him martial arts.”

It’s odd that it would appear that the filmmakers are still unsure what to call the film this late in the game – especially for a big budget summer picture (albeit lacking in effects). The studio already released at least one poster and a trailer for the film and it might be a little confusing for some if they change the title.

I’m sure, though, that the marketers or producers have good reasons (if this is indeed the case) for flip-flopping on their choices. Maybe The Kung Fu Kid tested better in marketing focus groups, or maybe they don’t want the film to be tarnished with the remake brush because the storyline is so different. There is also the fact (as many, many, many of our readers have pointed out) that karate is a Japanese martial art (the movie is set in China) and is not at all the style that Smith and Chan are seen practicing in the trailer for the film.

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Personally, I’m not too fussed. While I’m not a big fan of remakes, the thought of this doesn’t really get my blood boiling. If they call it The Kung Fu Kid, I’d imagine it keeps fans of the original (and its sequels) happy and it opens it up to a new audience without any preconceived notions.

I can only imagine that Carl Douglas is hoping that they go for the Kung Fu angle so that his pension fund gets replenished.

Again, thanks to the heads-up from Jon!

The Karate/ Kung Fu Kid opens on June 11, 2010 so I’m sure that we will find out details soon enough.

Source: jadensmith.org

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  1. “It’s a totally different story; a totally different story. I was in China, Jaden was all the way from America to China, then they see me, then it’s how I teach him martial arts.”

    Okay, someone needs to mention to him that reversing the geography doesn't make it original. From what I saw in the trailer and read about the plot, the film is beat for beat exactly the same.

    Here's the plot for both films: Kid moves, kid gets bullied, future mentor stops the bullies and kicks their arse, future mentor becomes current mentor and teaches kid martial arts (as well as general life lessons), kid enters tournament, kid wins.

    So what's different? Oh, the kid goes to China… yeah totally original.

  2. haha i agree:p weird how he yet cant speak ..good english lol
    oh well:p

  3. call it ''The little martial arts dude''

  4. lol

  5. KArate Kid or Kung Fu Kid, it's still gonna be crap. This won't even be worth the time to wait for it to be mailed from Netflix.

  6. Does anyone care anymore other than the actors and producers that stand to make money off of stealing from us ticket buyers? They act like they have the power, but we do. I for one am not going near this film ever nor will I let any of my kids. Instead I will show them and their friends the original Karate Kid. Asian bullies… pfft. F' U, Will Smith.

    • fk you fking racist, im from south america and i can notice will smith is by far one of the top 10 actors you mother fker ignorant…. go fk urself with the white trash you call mother…

  7. I wish they would just leave it at The Karate Kid. I mean I loved the originals, but this is 2010 and they are remaking everything. Or hey, we can help them out with some new names. How about The Martial Art mini me of Will Smith or The Jaydenson. Hmm I guess that is why I never made it in the movie business.

  8. I disagree, I think it will be a good movie. But Jaden is certianly no Ralph.

  9. They need to just keep it as “Riley Freeman, The Kung Fu Kid”. LOL!!! No they do need to leave it as The Kung Fu Kid, so this way it can make a name for itself whether it be crappy or great. I personally think that it will surprise us because I don't think that Will Smith will allow his son to be in a crappy ass movie. No doubt the MUSIC will suck though. No Peter Catera or “Glory of Love” type song in this one.

  10. BTW did somebody tell this kid that he'll be fighting 6Ft tall kids his age or is he doing a vertical split. A quick foot swipe would eventually stop that all together.

  11. Although I spoke ill of the whole idea on the trailer thread, calling it the Kung-Fu Kid makes it a whole lot more palatable. Even a gaijin like me knows that Karate is from Japan and Kung-Fu is from China.

    The bullied, fatherless, fish-out-of water kid plot can work in any locale, but the 1980's Southern California setting of KK was just as integral a part of that movie as “Wax On, Wax Off”

    By making it the Kung-Fu Kid, you have not a re-visioning, but a sequel, where the events of the first movie still took place. You might even have a cameo where we run into the grown-up Ralph at the airport before leaving for China.

  12. I will not watch this! EVER! Nor will I be going to see the dumb ass remake of Red Dawn! Some movies should just be left alone!! They were a good snap shot of the times they were produced in, and to remake them for a buck spits on the memories they hold for many of us. Just my two and a half cents.

  13. Jackie Chan, you shame me! I will not be watching this film EVER! Nor will my children or children's children.

  14. Doubt I'll see it either, what with that tired, played-into-the-ground soundtrack and the kid's retch-inducing “Yoda” line.

    A Red Dawn remake in this day and age?! How would that play out? a bunch of Chinese bill collectors parachuting into the heartland with eviction notices? Hollywood clearly thinks that it is too big to fail.

    This movie is clearly targeted at kids who weren't born when the first one was made, I would still like to see a glimpse of Ralph as an airline pilot walking through LAX, sure it would be a lowering of standards, but, like changing the title, it would show that this film wasn't negating all of the good that went before.

  15. Come on now. We all know that Karate was founded in Japan not China. This should be called the Kung Fu Kid.

    If they name it Karate Kid in the States then they will be assuming we are all idiots, even though we all grew up with The “Chinese Connection” where Bruce Lee takes on the Japanese Karate Dojo, proving the superiority of Kung Fu over Karate. What about mister miagison. He was japanese too.

    Kung Fu Kid or I am simply not going to watch this film.

    A lover of the legends and lore.

    Cardinal_

  16. Come on now. We all know that Karate was founded in Japan not China. This should be called the Kung Fu Kid.

    If they name it Karate Kid in the States then they will be assuming we are all idiots, even though we all grew up with The “Chinese Connection” where Bruce Lee takes on the Japanese Karate Dojo, proving the superiority of Kung Fu over Karate. What about mister miagison. He was japanese too.

    Kung Fu Kid or I am simply not going to watch this film.

    A lover of the legends and lore.

    Cardinal_

  17. If they simply would have made the fact known that the main character studied karate in the states perhaps people would not be up in arms about the title. Karate and Kung fu are apples and oranges, calling a movie based in china and based on chinese martial art The Karate Kid is shameless promotion nothing more. I'm surprised Jackie Chan agreed to this role just goes to show money talks. In my opinion it would be like making a movie called In the army now and making the main character become a marine. Ignorant American's will not care about the title and it's meaning but I'm sure those that study kung fu will not be very pleased.

  18. @Justin the realist,I totally agree with you. If it's a movie about Martial Arts, they need to treat like an art not some generic “whatever,it's all the same” attitude. I could understand it if he really was learning specific “forms” of “Karate” like “Shoto-kan”, “Goju-Ryu” or “Kyokushin”. I'm sure “Kyokushin Kid” would NOT work but “Karate Kid” would. The same with Kung Fu, if he was learning “Lotus” or “Drunken” or “Monkey” forms of Kung Fu, “Lotus,Monkey,Drunken,or Tiger fist KID” would not work BUT “KUNG FU KID” would work. Guess what?! He's learning Kung Fu so lets not be generic about it and show some respect an imagination. Kung Fu Kid sounds good and would have probably made more people go see it because it's sounds new and has never been used as a title so it would sound fresh in peoples minds and STAND ALONE(be unique and ORIGINAL). That's the problem with Hollywood, no matter how much a person can paint a better MONALISA, in the end everyone will still remember Leonaro Di Vinci's version as “THE” Monalisa” The newer or “better” ones will be forgotten.