Four Images from Karate Kid Remake

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Sony has released the first official images of The Karate Kid remake (formerly known as The Kung-Fu Kid). The images, which come to us courtesy of /Film, show Jaden Smith’s character, Dre, training with Jackie Chan’s character, Mr. Han; splashing around with his Chinese girlfriend; and showing off some pretty impressive flexibility.

To be honest, none of these four pictures are particularly exciting to me. I guess I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around why there is a remake of The Karate Kid in the first place. I’m not being ironic or nostalgic when I say that the original Karate Kid is one of my favorite movies to watch. I enjoy the story, the acting is solid, and I like how the movie has a message without pandering to the audience. Plus, you know, it has that Joe Esposito song, “You’re the Best Around.”

At least when it was called “The Kung Fu Kid” you could make the argument that it was less of a remake and more of a reinterpretation. Now, the title is just sort of illogical. After all, karate is traditionally associated with Japan, not China. But I digress.

Check out the pictures below:

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There is definite potential for this movie. I know there are a lot of people who don’t care much for Jaden Smith and assume he only gets parts because his dad is Will Smith, but I actually think he is fairly talented for his age. I think the real important thing is that the dynamic between Smith and Chan mirrors that of Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita from the original Karate Kid. I’m a sucker for an underdog story, and if those two can get me to believe that they actually trust and respect each other, I might be okay with the film.

What do you think? Do these pictures make your more or less excited about The Karate Kid?

The Karate Kid comes to theaters June 11, 2010.

Source: /Film

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  1. get a life ppl. jaden can act maybe he not as polished as some other kids but he’ll get there of that i’m sure. experience will help him to grow as an actor if he chooses to stick with it. GO JADEN

  2. This movie will be an EPIC FAILURE. How arrogant can you be? Your Directorial debut (Will Smith Directing AND Producing for the first time) and you chose to remake a classic?
    And then put your son in the starring role???
    Dude, why not Remake Casablanca You can Direct it, play Humphrey Bogart’s role, and cast your wife In Ingrid Bergman’s Role. Yea Yea. I’ll by that for a dollar! And Little Jayden Smith “Dre” can make an appearance too as the Karate Kid! Yea Yea that’ll work! Hey Rocky remakes here I come!!

  3. I still can’t get over how a Chinese Jackie Chan can be training this kid KARATE, a Japanese martial art, in China… Hello?

  4. LAME! We have a love story involving a 9 year old boy and girl and an old man who beats up children under 14 years old.

    I won’t even get into the Karate being taught in China. A lot of movies from the 80′s should get remade but that’s only because those movies relied on outdated special effects. Instead of butchering the Karate Kid, they could have made a GREAT update of another 80′s movie like The Last Starfighter.

  5. haha, it never occurred to me to ponder on why a movie would take China as a place to teach Karate, but hey that’s possible in a sense, am I right? But yeah, I feel the irony in the clouds.. :)

  6. Not excited at all on this one..

    I love Chan, but I think this film idea, like the A Team should have been left alone. There aren't too many people who could fill those shoes, and the one's I think would have done the part justice would be lesser known actors…brining a true feeling to the Mr Miagi.. or Face, Hannible, Mr T, and Merdock !!

  7. I totally agree. Should have left this cult-classic alone. Why does Hollywood see the need to remake every film around.. ?? Are there just not enough good ideas..

  8. Not excited at all on this one..

    I love Chan, but I think this film idea, like the A Team should have been left alone. There aren't too many people who could fill those shoes, and the one's I think would have done the part justice would be lesser known actors…brining a true feeling to the Mr Miagi.. or Face, Hannible, Mr T, and Merdock !!

  9. I totally agree. Should have left this cult-classic alone. Why does Hollywood see the need to remake every film around.. ?? Are there just not enough good ideas..

  10. I too am an original KK fan. I checked out one trailer and thought that based on the generation of kids now, this might work, especially those younger than Jaden. Give it a chance. I don't believe it was meant to mirror the original, but give new life to the same message “Bullies can be handled”. I hope both Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith have done proper justice to THEIR version. I do agree that maybe a name/title difference would have been better. When it comes out I intend to see it.
    It takes courage to take on an endeavor like this. Way to go Will!

  11. shoooot man i can't wait……scenery looks first class,,,Jackie Chan is first class and Jaden Smith deserves a chance…..Look people…if they tried to exactly duplicate the original Karate Kid…..what would be the point of a remake?….Let's look at the Karate Kid story from another set of eyes…..Hey isn't that what we do when we read a book? Imagine what the characters look like?

    • That’s pretty much the point though. Very few elements have been changed from the original story to this remake. If you disregard the actors, location, and modern day visuals you have the same movie. If the story was more interpretative rather than a resounding match to the original there might be something more. The point of the remake is simple, money.

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