The original Karate
Kid movie was released in 1984, and could probably be
described as less action and more drama, but we include
it here. It starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel
LaRusso, the late Pat Morita as Miyagi, and Elisabeth
Sue as Ali Mills. The movie was a success in the
eyes of both critics and those who bank rolled the film.
It was successful enough to warrant a number of sequels:
Karate Kid 2 (1986), also starring Macchio and Morita,
Karated Kid 3 (1989), The Next Karate Kid (1989), and
the Karate Kid remake (2010)
In the original movie, Daniel moves with
his mother from New Jersey to San Fernando Valley in
California. Their apartment's handyman, Miyagi, is
a strange little man that takes Daniel under his wing to
teach him Karate. This is after Daniel befriends
Ali, whose ex-boyfriend, the Cobra Kai dojo Karate stud,
gives Daniel a nice beating. Before long, all the
Cobra Kai students are pestering Daniel, and it was
during one particular fight that Miyagi Karate chops
them all to save Daniel.
Miyagi confronts the Cobra Kai dojo
master, who agrees to order his students to leave Daniel
alone, but only if Daniel agrees to fight in an upcoming
Karate tournament. Miyagi teaches Daniel Karate,
serving as a surrogate father in the mean time.
Daniel does not realize he is being trained at first as
Miyagi has him waxing his car and painting the fences,
but he soon realizes he is being taught defensive
techniques the entire time.
During the tournament,
Daniel makes it to the semi-finals. In an effort
to stop him, one of the Cobra Kai students it forced to
make an illegal move and injure Daniel's knee.
However, Miyagi special healing techniques soon put
Daniel back in the tournament, and he ends up winning in
Karate Kid Part II was
an even greater financial success at the box office than
its predecessor, although the critics did not like it
nearly as much. The movie started out where
the last movie left off and found Daniel accompanying
Miyagi to Okinawa for new adventures.