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The Karate Kid (2010)

PG | | Action, Drama, Family | 11 June 2010 (USA)
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Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

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Harald Zwart

Writers:

Christopher Murphey (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaden Smith ... Dre Parker
Jackie Chan ... Mr. Han
Taraji P. Henson ... Sherry Parker
Wenwen Han ... Meiying
Rongguang Yu ... Master Li
Zhensu Wu Zhensu Wu ... Meiying's Dad
Zhiheng Wang Zhiheng Wang ... Meiying's Mom
Zhenwei Wang ... Cheng
Jared Minns Jared Minns ... Dre's Detroit Friend
Shijia Lü Shijia Lü ... Liang
Yi Zhao Yi Zhao ... Zhuang
Bo Zhang Bo Zhang ... Song
Luke Carberry Luke Carberry ... Harry
Cameron Hillman Cameron Hillman ... Mark
Ghye Samuel Brown Ghye Samuel Brown ... Oz
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Storyline

12-year-old Dre Parker has moved to China, and finds himself like a fish out of water. He befriends a fellow classmate, Mei Ying, only to make a rival, Cheng, who starts to bully and attack Dre. Soon, Mr Han, the maintenance man of Dre's apartment, fends off Cheng and his friends when they are attacking Dre and signs Dre up to fight in the Kung Fu tournament in return for the bullies laying off of Dre. Dre realizes Mr. Han is much more than a maintenance man, when he's revealed as a master of Kung Fu and Dre soon learns that Kung Fu is about self defense and peace, instead of violence and bloodshed. Written by Kennedy

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kung fu | bully | china | 2010s | detroit | See All (161) »

Taglines:

A Challenge He Never Imagined. A Teacher He Never Expected.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

11 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Karate Kid Remake See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,665,805, 13 June 2010

Gross USA:

$176,591,618

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$359,126,022
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes were cut and trimmed for the mainland Chinese release, including the curtailing of scenes with bullies and the removal of a kissing scene. See more »

Goofs

During the celebration of winning the first rounds of the tournament, a photographer is seen taking pictures from very close range; under one meter. His camera is sporting a telephoto lens, which usually have a minimal macro distance of 1.2 to 1.4 meters. There is no way the photographer could have been taking clear pictures. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sherry Parker: Dre, you ready?
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits for the movie are shown in both English and Chinese. See more »

Alternate Versions

Chinese version was re-edited to make Dre seem like the bad guy, and makes it seem like he started all the fights. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Modern Family: Airport 2010 (2010) See more »

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Written by Derek Drymon, Blaise Smith, Mark Harrison and Stephen Hillenburg
Performed by Patrick Pinney (as Pat Pinney), Devin Johnson, Sara Paxton and Camryn Walling
Courtesy of Nickelodeon
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OK Karate Kid
21 June 2010 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

The Karate Kid is a Sino-American Rocky starring the Will Smith family scion, Jaden. He goes to China with his mom, gets beaten up by bad Chinese kids, prepares to revenge in a tournament, and falls in love.

Meanwhile, the underused Jacky Chan plays a maintenance man teaching Jaden to fight. Jaden shows no exceptional talent, and there's little of the philosophy that makes a sentimental piece like this bearable.

Karate Kid is family entertainment trying to show the importance of charity, goals, open-mindedness, and resilience. Unfortunately a slow exposition keeps the film from a fast summer pace.

Those who compare this version to the original may be disappointed, and those who are interested in Chinese American relations may find it problematic.


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