The Karate Kid Remake Trailer

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Following some first official images, Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for The Karate Kid (formerly titled The Kung Fu Kid), the remake of the classic ’80s movie. The film stars Jaden Smith (son of megastar, Will Smith) as Dre Parker who, because of work pressure for his single mother, moves to China and soon thereafter comes up against a bully. His misfortune catches the eye of Mr. Han (read: this new version’s Mr. Myagi), played by Jackie Chan. Mr. Han then teaches young Dre karate, presumably in order to defend himself.

There’s been much negative fan reaction to this Karate Kid remake, some people citing Jaden Smith playing the lead role as their problem, others just generally hating the idea of remaking such a classic movie that a lot of people hold dearly from their childhoods (myself included). This trailer starts out alright, but the further it gets into it, particularly when that annoying and cliched rap music kicks in, the more it looks very “blah” to me.

I won’t say anymore for now, check it out for yourself, courtesy of Yahoo below.

You can watch the trailer in HD over at Yahoo.

Well, I must admit it doesn’t look as wretchedly awful as some (myself included) were expecting it to be – but it doesn’t completely squash my apprehensions about it, either. I hate that they’ve thrown in a hip-hop feel (whatever that means icon razz The Karate Kid Remake Trailer ) and the more grown-up (since The Pursuit of Happyness) Jaden Smith doesn’t have the instant likability and charisma to pull off the role, particularly to make those few lines he utters in that trailer seem cool, something I imagine was the intention.

Perhaps the biggest mistake made about this project (apart from giving the it the greenlight icon razz The Karate Kid Remake Trailer ) was getting Harald Zwart to direct it. Why’s that? Well, he was responsible for the Pink Panther sequel with Steve Martin, as well as Agent Cody Banks with Frankie “Malcolm in the Middle” Muniz (ouch on both accounts). Of all the directors they could have chosen, I have no idea why they went for Zwart. It’s almost as if they wanted to give themselves a challenge!

Anyway, enough from me, what are YOUR thoughts on our first proper look at The Karate Kid remake? Does the trailer inspire confidence that it may be decent? Or does it confirm previous suspicions that it’s going to suck, muddying the legacy of the original Karate Kid?

The Karate Kid is set to kick its way into theaters on June 11th, 2010.

Sources: Yahoo (thanks to Cinemablend)

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  1. It is not a remake…if it was a remake it would be the same storyline and the same characters…this is different…just another American kid learning some form of martial arts!

  2. Saying we don't like Jayden Smith in this role does not make anyone racist!! What does “cos” mean? What does “preety” mean? Why are you calling him a Muppet? WTF is that about? The Karate Kid is a stupid name for this movie considering he is not even doing Karate…he is doing Kung Fu. Karate is Japanese…they are in China! Also, if it was really a remake of the original Karate Kid, it would not have a very young black kid from the ghetto named Dre…they would have an Italian teenager from Brooklyn (I think that is where he was from) named Daniel. They wouldn't have a Chinese man named Mr. Han who was a custodian at the kid's school or wherever…they would have a Japanese man named Mr. Myagi! This is a disgusting excuse for a remake!!

  3. To be fair, a few people on here did say something like that – and your comment was flagged, Vic! You better watch yourself! :-)

  4. Actually Mr. Myagi never caught the fly in the chopsticks… that was Daniel-san on one of his first tries!

    But yeah… I have strong, strong misgivings about this film. If they had called it something else, it wouldn't be trying to overrun a classic and may be a little more acceptable. As it stands, they're making a cheap plastic copy and it will look like it.

  5. If it wasn't a remake they wouldn't have named it The Karate kid. If they would have named it “The Kung-fu kid” like they originally planned, i wouldn't be so harsh on this film. i love jackie chan so i hope this movie is bearable.

  6. This movie had potential to be a good remake, BUT, as others have said;

    1) hip-hop music doesn't fit here. They should have put more traditional asian music, at least for when he's training
    2) going to China because of job pressure doesn't make much sense
    3) Jaden may know more karate than Ralph Macchio, but from what I saw in the trailer, completely lacks heart and emotion
    4) Jackie Chan's style is basically kung-fu, and so they should've stuck with the original title The Kung-Fu Kid.
    5) Looks like his bullies also lack emotion

    6) Most importantly, this movie lacks the relationship that Daniel-son and Mr. Miyagi had in the original!! As well as the relationship that they had with the enemy. Where's the bad-ass teacher in this one?!

    So had they chosen a different young stars whom are good actors as well as good fighters along with some asian music and this movie would've been a lot better. Of course, I haven't seen it yet but based on what we see in the trailer, I believe what most others do.

    And I wish Jackie Chan would finally grow up and be a serious fighter. He's always trying to be a comedian and that is why he made many movies that lacked any kind of success. Bruce Lee took martial arts VERY seriously and that is why his movies rocked the world! Jackie Chan could've been GREAT had he stopped trying to be funny with his kung-fu. I take martial arts seriously. It's not a comedy show!

  7. This movie had potential to be a good remake, BUT, as others have said;

    1) hip-hop music doesn't fit here. They should have put more traditional asian music, at least for when he's training
    2) going to China because of job pressure doesn't make much sense
    3) Jaden may know more karate than Ralph Macchio, but from what I saw in the trailer, completely lacks heart and emotion
    4) Jackie Chan's style is basically kung-fu, and so they should've stuck with the original title The Kung-Fu Kid.
    5) Looks like his bullies also lack emotion

    6) Most importantly, this movie lacks the relationship that Daniel-son and Mr. Miyagi had in the original!! As well as the relationship that they had with the enemy. Where's the bad-ass teacher in this one?!

    So had they chosen a different young stars whom are good actors as well as good fighters along with some asian music and this movie would've been a lot better. Of course, I haven't seen it yet but based on what we see in the trailer, I believe what most others do.

    And I wish Jackie Chan would finally grow up and be a serious fighter. He's always trying to be a comedian and that is why he made many movies that lacked any kind of success. Bruce Lee took martial arts VERY seriously and that is why his movies rocked the world! Jackie Chan could've been GREAT had he stopped trying to be funny with his kung-fu. I take martial arts seriously. It's not a comedy show!

  8. You have a problem with my previous comments? I don't think you've had a good reason to delete it. If you're going to do that then don't allow people to leave comments! Moron!

  9. I believe I deleted your comments because they were rude and foul mouthed.

    Happy?

  10. Is it really necessary to destroy all our childhood favorites?

    To the brain surgeons trying to point out that its not a “re-make” let me clue you in:

    1. Both mom's move due to work
    2. Both children are harassed by gangs that belong to a martial arts organization
    3. Both (Notice the trend) are saved by handyman / janitor types.
    4. Each (Fooled ya) is trained in a remarkably short amount of time vs. the kids picking on them.
    5. It appears there is a formal competition in both movies to decide their fates.
    6. There is a love interest that fits in with the evil crowd, but pities the hero.
    7. Wax on wax off vs. jacket on jacket off (Heheh jacket off. Sorry.)
    8. You get the point.

    Let it go, the re-make looks like it sucks, and the kid, while I'm sure nice, has “Daddy's name got me this job” all over him. He isn't remotely old enough to make this believable.

    Tada.

  11. i dont think its all that bad nothing will ever replace te original movie but titanic remake was good no matter what anybody say……………
    you should just give it a chance its the same epic story and everything.

  12. looks good to me. i only saw the original once and never worshipped it, so my cup is empty.

  13. Contrary to the previous response, I am very excited about the movie. Perhaps because it does have Jaden Smith, in my opinion, very likable, talented and charismatic. I love the soundtrack for the trailer, which doesn't mean that the movie has a hip hop theme at all, not that there's anything wrong with that particular theme. I am just not that ignorant to believe the background music genre is indicative of the films content. I am excited that the new character brings culture and diversity to a once typical hollywood movie.

  14. Karate kid with Ralph Macchio was OK but lets be real people, looking back people like to goof on it so I don't know people are making a big deal of a remake. As always, wait till it comes out before you criticize. I was hesitant at first (since the title is misleading- why no Kung fu kid?) but after seeing the trailer it ain't so bad. It's not geared to 20-30 yos. Its for kids and that's when we all saw it yes?

  15. Also, one thing I forgot to add is that I think people have an issue with the Jaden Smith being cast in this movie since he is black and will bring a “hip hop” vibe to this movie (whatever that means).

    I can give a rats ass about that. Just put out something entertaining. Jackie is good for that and glad to see him in a more subdued role as the instructor. I have a feeling he took on this role as part in tribute to his own instructor when he was young. Anyone who has never read his bio should read it. Great read.

    PS: Why is it when filming in china is there always the obligatory Great Wall or Forbidden City shot? >sigh<

  16. Karate kid with Ralph Macchio was OK but lets be real people, looking back people like to goof on it so I don't know people are making a big deal of a remake. As always, wait till it comes out before you criticize. I was hesitant at first (since the title is misleading- why no Kung fu kid?) but after seeing the trailer it ain't so bad. It's not geared to 20-30 yos. Its for kids and that's when we all saw it yes?

  17. Also, one thing I forgot to add is that I think people have an issue with the Jaden Smith being cast in this movie since he is black and will bring a “hip hop” vibe to this movie (whatever that means).

    I can give a rats ass about that. Just put out something entertaining. Jackie is good for that and glad to see him in a more subdued role as the instructor. I have a feeling he took on this role as part in tribute to his own instructor when he was young. Anyone who has never read his bio should read it. Great read.

    PS: Why is it when filming in china is there always the obligatory Great Wall or Forbidden City shot? >sigh<

  18. Oh my god do we need to put up with Jaden Smith's acting attempt a second time. We dont need another hollywood actors kid jammed down our throats. I think Ralph Machio should be insulted. Can't we get a unknown please. Also putting Will Smiths kid in there means that they now need to cater to the idea that in China all 7 year olds are battling to the death. Also the fact that this kid already knows martial arts ruins the movie. The whole charm of the original was that Ralph Machio wasn't a martial artist. Everyone can relate to a high school kid getting picked on by a bully. Who the hell is going to relate to a tourist taking on all the youth in China?

  19. u critics of this mo/ie are racist, plain and simple. anytime u see a black person and automatically attach a “gangsta” or “hip-hop” stigma is at the worst racist and at best stereotypical. the original karate kid did not ha/e a mafia or rocker /ibe to it. most roles are not only permitted to white actors. james bond and superman could both be cast as black or any race. so get used to it. example, look at the guy who posted this and he said as soon as he heard rap music he was turned off. this mo/ie looks great and i cant wait. i dont remember u guys talking this much junk when hilary swank ruined part 4.

  20. I really don't like when people through out the “racist” word so flipantly. It detracts from the actual racist in the world. Stereotypical is probably a better word and prejudice probably fits more than that. There is nothing wrong with being either of those last two words; it just means you will miss out on some potentially good material.

    BTW, Swank ruined KK3, there is no KK4.

  21. thats fair. i can li/e with that. but you are wrong about the mo/ies. part 1 is the original tournament, part 2 is okinawa, part 3 is the tournament again when ralph macchio is trained by i think thomas ian griffin. mr. miyagi refuses to train daniel and the guy basically tortures him. mr. miyagi has a tree shop. mr. miyagi fights the sensai in part 1, thomas ian griffin, and the dude he fights in the tournament. part 4 is with hilary swank. check up on ur mo/ies. but the word racist does apply as well as the other words because of the percie/ed “hip hop or gansta element that is prematurely and ignorantly labled for this mo/ie there is some hatred or intolerence of a certanin race. so all words apply.

  22. karate kid 1
    karate kid 2
    karate kid 3
    the next karate kid

  23. LOL…my account was hacked and someone without access to IMDB made that comment about KK3…um yeah that's it. If I edit my comment to say there are 4 KK's would it make your comments seem dumb? lol I'm such a moron :)

  24. I really dont see what you guys dislike about this movie. i'll admit im 13 nd i used to take karate lessons, but come on guys. We can all relate to being picked on by some “cool” kid back when we were kids. I mean i for one like jackie chan being the teacher, and maybe this will be one Jaden's good movies. Just tell me what looks so bad about da movie?.

  25. Well if you think about it…Karate Kid 1984 featured the imfamous Crane, which is a kung fu fighting style, so the whole karate-kung fu confusion is nothing too surprising. Zwart should've did his homework when he composed this doomed remake of a well known classic. But anyways…I can totally see where cultures clash like multi-coloured Play-Doh, most likely and deliberately geared towards political correction. I'm not going to make any contrasts or comparisons of the two movies, but I can say that this should of stayed in the '80s, point blank. Next thing you know some genius will remake The Goonies or the Princess Bride, but with younger, more diverse actors and follow no where NEAR the original parallel of their predecessors.

    There seriously needs to be, at least, a 35 year waiting period to remake a classic film, so the younger generations can have something for themselves withough snubbing the very generation who lived the classic still so recent to them. I was 6 years old when the KK84 came out and I hadn't seen it till I was 9. However I was old enough to appreciate it for what it was and still have respect for it now…for what it was. Now to a typical 14 year old, who watched KK84 would most definately hold resentment at age 40 when KK10, but if Zwart would of waited another 9 years, then the older crowd wouldn't care as much, but I doubt it. It just would make more sense, out of respect, to wait a little longer before creating an outrage of criticizm
    by refreshing a fairly recent memory of the past.

    In conclusion, I think this movie will be a big inspirational hit for the kiddies, so if anything, let the kids have fun with KK10 as the older crowd did with KK84.

  26. Speaking research…you should have checked a little further and you would have found out the Crane Kick was made up for the film.

  27. I see. So if you don't like a country music or “redneck” theme to a movie, you're a racist as well. Gotcha.

    I don't think I recall the very moment it wasn't ok to not like a certain movie, or aspects of a culture. But clearly it is here. All cultures are great, should be loved by all, and we will all hold hands until the Star Trek future arrives.

    Get a clue. I like some hip-hop, some “gangsta” rap, and some aspects of the black culture. I can safely say that applies to all cultures and music as a matter of fact. Just because I, and others, don't love them being mingled with a martial arts movie in certain cases doesn't make us racists. I had the same problem with “Tokyo Drift” (albeit the movie had bigger problems) when they took a clear stereotype of a country boy as a “redneck” dropped in Japan to race cars for his “honor.”

    Either way, who really cares? For you to deny that there is no hip-hop element to this movie either makes you naive or stupid. Like it all you want, but get real at least and don't hide behind the racist label when someone doesn't dig the vibe of the movie.

    BTW, I love the song in the trailer, and actually have it on my iPod, but I'm sure the studio had no idea what they were doing showing him in a wife beater t-shirt to rap music learning martial arts. /end sarcasm

  28. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=white+crane+style

    That's weird, because far as I know, a “similar” kicking style exists. In fact, it's origins are from China and now practiced in Japan as a form of Karate (Like most Kung-Fu.) Notice how unsimilar to the movie the techniques is: A defensive, counter-striking technique using the attackers momentum…Wait a second, that's exactly what he did with the Crane Kick? Son of a….

    “The White Crane style uses the Phoenix Eye Fist (Fung Ying Chuan) as its basic fist technique. In this technique the index finger is slightly protruded, resembling the eye of the Phoenix. This fist is used to deliver pressure point strikes as it concentrates the strike's power in one specific small area -the second joint of the index finger.

    Another commonly used hand formation is the Spear Hand (Biao So). The Spear Hand is formed by straightening the fingers and thumb and keeping them held tightly against one another.This technique is used predominantly against the body's weakest areas such as the throat and eyes.

    Being a woman of small stature, Fung Chi-Niang developed White Crane as a predominantly counter-fighting art. Once an opponent commits to an attack and enters range, the White Crane stylist blocks or sidesteps the attack and launches a simultaneous counter-strike. Sticking hands are also used to control an opponent in close and stay in close, thus negating any power strikes. When in close the aim is to deliver a series of sharp and fast strikes to the opponent's weakest points. Sidestepping (and using an opponent's forward momentum against him) forms the basis of White Crane's body movement known as Djuan Sen.”

  29. That's all nice but you are referencing an entire style not one particular move in the style. The “crane kick” from the movie is not a real kick. Send me a link to a video of someone demonstrating it and I'll recant.

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