Karate Kid Remake Plot Details Revealed

Published 5 years ago by , Updated October 15th, 2012 at 10:25 am,

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Just one of the many remakes in the works is of the classic 1980′s movie The Karate Kid, reportedly renamed the Kung Fu Kid (urgh….). Will Smith’s son Jaden has already been announced as playing this version’s Daniel (played in the original by Ralph Macchio), and Jackie Chan will be playing the remake’s Mr. Myagi (seriously…).

So what about the plot of the movie? Well, according to a couple of people who are involved with the project, it’s similar in tone to the original, but differs greatly in a lot of areas. The story is about a single mother and her son Dre (young Smith) who move to Beijing, China because of her job. Needless to say, she and Dre find it difficult adjusting and before long, Dre starts getting bullied at school.

Because of his bruises from being beaten up, the principal of the strict school he now attends thinks he has been the one picking the fights. The Mr. Myagi of the movie, who will now be called Mr. Han (played by Chan), is the maintenance man of the building Dre and his mother are living. After noticing Dre practicing martial arts in front of a video game, as well as his black eye, he agrees to train him in Kung Fu, as well as helping him learn Chinese.

For the full plot synopsis you can visit the MovieHole link at the end of the post.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again: This is a movie that does not need to be remade. Although, of course, we’ll still have the original there if the remake ends up being bad, but it may lead a whole generation of movie goers to think of this movie when the name “Karate Kid” gets brought up.

Of course, the reported name change to the Kung Fu Kid may remedy that, but that then removes a lot of the name recognition it would have had if they had just kept it as The Karate Kid. To me it’s a lose-lose situation and I see little about it that defines it as worthwhile.

The plot outline they’ve got for it isn’t necessarily the worst idea in the world, but is it me or does it seem a little bit cheesy? Undoubtedly the same could be said about the original, but it has to be remembered that that was in the ’80s, a very different movie-going age than what we have today. The cheesiness of the original, and many other movies from that time is readily accepted nowadays looking back because that’s the era they came from, and the cheesiness is most likely held as part of it’s charm.

It sounds like they’re trying to replicate the flavor of the original while putting a modern stamp on it. That, added to the fact that Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks, Pink Panther 2) is directing and first-timer Chris Murphy is writing, I just don’t know if it is going to work out.

What do you think of the plot put together for this remake? Are you in favor of a remake of it at all?

The Karate Kid remake (supposedly entitled the Kung Fu Kid) is hoped to be released sometime next year.

Source: MovieHole

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  1. It’ll be geared for kids so I think it’ll work.

    As for name recognition, the fact that this was originally set to use the old movie name and was later changed to Kung Fu Kid should work for that. Same thing, different martial art and teacher.

  2. i pray Smith’s kid isnt as annoying in this film as he was in “The Day the Earth Stood Sill”

  3. This just sounds awful. I hope this film tanks worse than Denise Richards singing the national anthem at a Cubs game.

  4. Because of course, when you’re poor, single, and down on your luck, the first thing you do is move to a foreign country where you can’t speak the language, no nobody, and spent thousands getting there.

  5. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Name change or not it’s the SAME MOVIE.. from what i read above they are keeping much of the old story line.

    WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY…. what happened to creativity? what happened to I don’t know.. ORIGINALITY??

    ughghgh ~ SO Frustrated by the recent unexplainable “need” to Re-make EVERYTHING.. I promise you this at $10.00 a ticket I would much rather see the original for a $3.95 rental fee. This goes for ALL remakes! I’m on strike!

    ughgh uughhghg lol

  6. No offense to the actors named above ~ i enjoy their work but .. what a waste of talent.. a remake… really?

  7. So, apart from a few plot similarities, no actual link to the original Karate Kid in any way?

    Fair enough, thus I can call it a rip off instead of a remake.

  8. Kill me now.

  9. Uhhhh. What was Vic’s rule on remakes again? Now would be a good time to remind people…

  10. Wow, I really don’t have words to describe my reaction except WTF!!!! I could see it possibly working if it were Hong Kong, but Mainland China???? Have some friends in China, and from what I understand this scenario would not be received well by most people. Not speaking for all of China just from what I’ve been told from speaking with friends so stow it.

  11. Kung Fu Kid: Beijing Drift

  12. I’m willing to bet that this movie’s tone will not be anything like the original.With Jackie Chan,it will probably be somewhat corny,like most of his American movies.Also,I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there is a bit of wire work in it.

    If my predictions are true,this movie will be an abomination!

  13. I’d like to promote a boycott of this film…

    Its like stopping the swine flu, in a way,,, :-)

  14. I’m watching Anaconda 4: Trail of Blood right now and I’m pretty sure it is better than the Kung Fu Kid will ever be.

    Jayden SMith is terribly miscast as the lead. He is too young, and when you go preteen that is all you will get to watch the film. Young kids and preteens in action lead roles serve no purpose to me other than Disney films.

  15. @ Alice

    I don’t get it? Are you trying to compare Jayden Smith to Bow Wow? If so….FAIL. Bow Wow = crap. Jayden Smith = Some acting ability.

  16. On the bright side, it sounds less like a remake, and more like a spinoff. Which, I think will be better. It may be a cheap knockoff, but at least they wont ruin the original this way.

  17. @ 790

    Right there with you,buddy.

    @Walwus

    There’s actually an Anaconda 4?!

  18. @Longshanks

    Not only is there one but I have watched it and it has returning characters from the 3rd one. I love sci-fi B type films. I even have a copy of The Swarm and The Hive.

  19. @WALWUS-THANK YOU!! BTW-DIDN’T J.CHAN MAKE A “KUNG-FU MASTER TEACHES BULLIED AMERICAN KID” MOVIE ALREADY? THE WASTE OF JET LI’S TALENT & MY TIME FLIX CALLED “THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM” I KNOW THE BILLS MUST BE PAID BUT COME ON NOW!! REMEMBER THE DAYS OF GOOD OL’MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE? NEITHER DO I!! ITS BEEN THAT LONG!! ALTHO THE KARATE KID CAN’T BE CONSIDERED ONE, ITS NOSTALGIA & CHEESINESS IS WHAT MAKES IT LOVABLE & TREASURED. DON’T RUIN IT!! LEAVE THIS ONE ALONE!!

  20. just because its a remake does not mean its good.Please have some respect for the classics an stop trying to think that because its something done all over again it will be better.In one word.Failure.

  21. SIN187UM is right. This movie will not be well received in China. Showing the Chinese kids as bad bullying the American? The foreigner dating the Chinese girl? People are gonna get mad.

    Don’t believe me? Come live in China for 8 years like me.

    This and the Red Dawn remake are not going to do much help for US/China relations. Not to mention the Americans who live and work in China.

    Its a shame that these two movies are where many Americans will get everything they know about China.

  22. This movie could have worked if instead of Dre they named the kid snoop dog and if they had brought back Ralph Macchio as Mr Miyagi; actually, Ralph Macchio could probably still be the karate kid – er… kung fu kid.

  23. its so nice and awesome

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