on September 21, 2003
Right up there with the most inspirational films of our time, Karate Kid III is a testament to the human spirit. In this installment our favorite karate instructor, Sensei Kreese is torn by his demise at the hands of Daniel and Miyagi in the first film. Afterall, Daniel defeated Johnny at the All Valley Tournament. Where is there left to go for Kreese. You would think his life is over, but no. He turns to his rich friend Terry Silver for the answer. Mr. Silver is strangely obsessed over getting back at Miyagi and Daniel. I think he wanted it more than Kreese even for some reason. So he makes himself appear as a nobody, he even drives a little truck with no roof on it. Then he finds karate's bad boy, Mike Barnes...a performance that outshines perhaps any yet in the Karate Kid series. Barnes, and his two new friends, Snake and Dennis, eventually bully poor Daniel into signing up for the tourney. Silver finds a way to become friends with Daniel and basically makes him his puppet. He wills Daniel to fight without mercy and to go against all Daniel stands for by trying to convince him to fight dirty. Daniel doesn't really like it but he keeps studying under Silver for a while until he realizes the error of his way. At one point he asks Miyagi to teach him to sweep, in which Miyagi comes back with a broom and begins sweeping the steps. Brilliant. It all comes to an end at the tournament where Daniel must face his fear, and take on Mike Barnes. Daniel pulls no punches and unleashes his fury upon Barnes. Perhaps one of the greatest martial arts displays ever on film.
on August 25, 2003
This is the best KK film. I thought this installment had the best plot and villians. In director John G. Avildsen's third installment of the popular Karate Kid series, the original villian returns to get his revenge aganist Miyagi and Daniel. Kreese the mariane whom Miyagi thumbled with a few punches and kicks, has never forgotten the bitter taste of defeat. Bankrupt after the first tournament defeat, he's back with a particulary nasty friend and a new trainer who is aching to lure Miyagi and Daniel into the fight of their lives. When Daniel decided not to compete in the challenge, he becomes the target of numerous attacks by Kreese and his villainous friends, who will stop at nothing to win the title back. But when his relentless abuse becomes blackmail, daniel goes aganist the sound advice of Miyagi and enters the competition, alienating his mentor. This rousing continuation of the adventures of Daniel and his teacher includes fast -paced karate sequences. This is the best installment in the series. I love 3. This istallment had a better plot than the 1, 2, and 4. I thought this was an awesome way to end the it, (the series). If you're a true fan stop after this one.
on April 13, 2004
The original Karate Kid is a masterpiece; a cinematic work of art jam-packed with universal moral lessons, outstanding acting, and jaw-dropping cinematography.
The sequel, while not nearly as original as the first, maintains the intense charm, beautiful imagery, philosophical depth, and heart warming music made famous by the first.
Then theres part III...
I am at a loss for words in attempting to accurately describe the horror that is this movie. The acting is atrocious. The plot is paper thin. The "philosophy", if it can be called that, is total re-hash. The reccuring theme of Daniel having a "secret move" with which he is able to thrash the last boss (sound like any videogames you know of??)is intriguing in the first film, acceptable in the second, and totally inexcuseable in the third. What's worse, the secret move is a kata (Cringe..). I'm not sure how many reading this have ever formally practiced a martial art, but for those of you who have not, katas are not magical spells which confound enemies leaving them bewildered and vunerable to being tossed. Remember that if you are ever mugged.
What else is wrong with this movie, lets see...Well, Daniel talks to bonsai trees. Sure, some people enjoy talking to plants, some even says it helps with their growth. Such "plant-talkers" also may be found watering their living-room carpet or baking the cat for 3 hours at 350 degrees. All perfectly healthy behavior, yes, but a bit out of place in a karate kid movie.
I could go on about the absurdities scattered about this waste of a film: the karate instructors with personality disorders obsessed with Daniel, who spend the majority of their days threatening Daniel's life (which strangely enough is a crime in some states), the fact that Daniel's beloved mentor and father figure, who has saved his lfe, built him a very nifty shower curtain halloween costume, taught him self-confidence, self-defense, tolerence and discipline, given him a beautifully restored classic car, taken him to Okinawa, and remained one of the only positive influences in his life since his move from New Jersey to California...is abandoned and shunned for Daniel's pride.
But then I would be typing all day.
This film is an insult to the first two films. Literally, an insult. It is an insult to me, personally, and to everyone who knows and loves the characters of Daniel and Miyagi. It was most likely made in the spirit of Rocky V; a last ditch attempt by hollywood high-ups to squeeze the last drops of money-making potential out of a series that had already peaked, done at the expense of the series' reputation for quality. Shame on you, karate kid 3, shame!
(The one star rating is based on the fact that it does contain SOME nice scenic shots and DESCENT music. Other than those two barely redeeming features, the movie is a waste of space. It is unnerving to even imagine that such a piece of complete trash could be released by a major hollywood studio. This may sound harsh, but if you havent seen it, judge for yourself. Rent it. If nothing else it is a great "invite your friends over and die laughing at the horrible images on the tv screen" movie.)
on April 3, 2004
a lot of hate with this one, some of it justified, but who cares! this is simply one awesome movie, and it's a MOVIE. that means it doesn't have to be 100% accurate all the time!
Sensei Kresse wants to avenge his humiliation at the end of Part 2, by teaming up with his vietnam partner Terry Silver, what an evil duo! and then, they recruit Mike Barnes, Snake, and Dennis to cause havoc on Daniel and Mr Miyagi, but no way! in the end, against all odds, Daniel and Mr Miyagi overthrow the evil and win. ahh i still remember when i saw this movie in the theatre, and the scene in the dojo where Barnes is beating Daniel into a pulp in front of Kresse and Silver, ('You want to see more?'asks Silver - 'I want to see a LOT more!' shouts Kresse) - but then when Mr Miyagi throws Barnes through the dojo doors to help his student, the entire theatre hall exploded into cheers and screams! that is the power of this movie. tremendous performances from everybody involved, i really can't fault it one bit. A must buy.
on August 11, 2003
A film that truly defies the test of time and logic, from the inconceiveable plot to the masterful screenplay, taking you on a journey like an unstoppable destructive unnatural force (which, like the bonsai tree, has a strong root while only offering the human eye its mangled facade)that will put an end to your troubles and woes, the Karate Kid III is a cathartic life-affirming ride from the first credit through each fluctuating moment of the seemingly inexplicable talent of Ralph Macchio to gain and lose weight during a series of improbable chance encounters with the omnipresent "Snake" and karate's bad boy, "Mike Barnes", and unlikely "life-long" friendships created and healthily maintained between a young boy and his aged counterpart from the Far East. The Karate Kid III forces you unwillingly to re-examine both your life and whereabouts, pushing young John Avildsen to the forefront of post-modern cinema. In one single word: visually stunning, charming, eccentric, and elusive. Did I like the Karate Kid III? You know it.
on October 5, 2002
This film wasn't all that great. The best thing was the very happy ending. This film begins showing Daniel(Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi(Pat Morita) who come back to Reseda from Okinawa. You also see Kreese(Martin Kove) going to his rich lifetime friend Terry(Thomas Ian Griffth) for help. Terry tells him that strike back at Daniel and Mr. Miyagi for revenge. So Terry hires the vicious Mike Barnes(Sean Kanan) an aggressive Karate student. Meanwhile, Daniel buys Mr. Miyagi a Bonsai Shop andbecome partners there. Then Daniel meets Jessica(Robyn Lively) across the street and goes on a date with her that night. That night, guess who shows up? You guessed it. Mike Barnes. He wants Daniel to sign an applacation for the tournament. When Daniel refuses, Mike starts to cause trouble(Mess up the shop, Steal trees etc.). When Daniel finally signs, Mr. Miyagi won't help. So Daniel meets Terry and he offers to train Daniel. But Daniel dosen't realize that Terry is training him wrong. But when Mr. Miyagi says,"Bonsai tree have strong root. Same you. Inside you have strong root too Daniel-San.", Daniel deciedes to quit Terry's work. Then Daniel sees that Terry has been training Mike and that makes Mr. Miyagi the only one to train him. This was an O.K. movie. Possibly worst of the series.
on June 2, 2002
Though he is in soap operas now, this film displays Mike's young days as a brash, fighting machine. He uses "quicksilver" to destroy his opponents, and Daniel-San gets a taste of this ferocity as he wets his pants when he is flung from the Cobra Kai dojo.
Many feel that the real winner in the tournament was Mike Barnes, and I am among them. Perhaps the most tainted victory
in the history of the "Under 18 All Valley Tournament," Daniel wins in distasteful fashion. You be the judge. The downside of the tournament is that Cho-sen, Johnny and Bobby did not compete. But this is negated by the return of Sensei John Kreese and the sensational debut of Terry Silver.
This is the premier movie in the series. A mix of existentialism (another reviewer noted how it was reminiscient of Kafka) and homosexuality, this film is a profound, influential work of our times; indeed, as Daniel-San states, "this is the 80's, you can't be so damn passive!"
Ultimately, the movie is about freedom, human anguish, and bravery. As Camus wrote about the war in Paris (which is the only thing that barely comes close to the intense fighting in this film):
This huge [Daniel Larusso], all black and warm in the summer night, with a storm of [Mexicans] overhead and a storm of [Cobra Kais]in the streets, seems to us more brightly lighted than the City of Light the whole world used to envy us. It is bursting with all the fires of hope and suffering,it has the flame of lucid courage and all the glow, not only of liberation, but of tomorrow's liberty.
on April 26, 2002
A word of warning to those who have not seen this movie or the second one: DON'T!!! This has to be the stupidest movie I have ever seen. I love the original Karate Kid, but it seems that with each movie Ralph Macchio's charactar, Danny LaRusso, degenerates. As with the second movie, Mr. Miyagi talks too much and Danny has yet again lost his girlfriend from the previous movie.
This time the girl is Jessica, who already has a boyfriend so she and Danny decide to "go dutch". How stupid is that? I think Elizabeth Shue should have come back for the sequels if they really had to make them. By giving Danny new girlfriends in every movie they totally void the original idea that he and Alli were in love. The sequels totally ruined that.
The worst part of the plot, however, was the psycho-guy who is obsessed with maiming Danny. He is doing this for the sake of the guy who owned the now-closed Cobra-Kai school. This obsessive psycho says he is doing this because the Cobra-Kai guy saved him many times in the Vietnam war, but he is so determined I personally think he must be sweet on him. He ends up drawing up this complicated conspiracy to hurt Danny. The Danny from the first movie would never have left his training with Mr. Miyagi.
Besides that, I never want to hear Mr. Miyagi say the words "college education" again! Do not see this movie, it might ruin the magic of the original for you.
on November 15, 2001
The only reason I'm reviewing this miserable excuse for a movie is to balance the glowing tributes that have been littered all through the site--here is the perfect example of a film that had no reason for existing except that Paramount decided some more money was to be made by sticking a 'III' on the end of a famous title and throwing it into a few theatres.
The script is atrocious and none of the actors have any 'spirituality' on their minds with the exception of when their next paycheck will arrive--the first film was inspired, somewhat believeable, and fun. The first sequel was sappy, but had the beautiful cinematography and background of Japan to compensate, not to mention logical character development. This has nothing but greed written all over it.
By this point, there was no way we would believe Ralph Macchio looks remotely like a late teenager. Cynically, the plot allows us to skip to the final because the tournament rules state that the defending champion 'only has to fight in the finals.'
If there was one redeeming moment in the film, it would have been to extend the training sequences, and ditch the lousy, third-rate attempt at romance. As it is, the kata sessions seem almost perfunctory and superfluous.
I still haven't seen the 4th installment in the series, but this film doesn't make me want to.
on November 13, 2001
Director John G. Avildsen has managed to resurect the ever popular Karate Kid series one last time with star Ralph Macchio. And what the critics snubbed as being 'dumb and useless' is really one of the greatest films of the year.
For those that dont know, John G. Avildsen won best director for his film Rocky. This movie is close to, if not better than Rocky.
Ralph Macchio, now 37 years old, plays 18 year old Daniel-San. This dramatic choice for Ralph should have earned him an Oscar for Best Actor. The overweight, out of breath alcohlic actor convinces everyone he can still play and immature boob and pull it off with nary the bat of an eye.
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita returns as Miyagi and seems to be the mix of a (...) lazy old (man) that has (wet) his pants and no longer walks straight.
The fight scenes are breathtaking. In one scene, a veteran actor of the stage and screen playing 'Dennis' rips a paper screen in half with his bare hands. HIS BEAR HANDS!!! It's a thrilling display of emotion and anger that defines the crux of the films premise - anger is too much for one boy to handle, it will get the best of you and eventually force you to fight, as Daniel San does in the end.
Fans of the KK series will not be dissapointed.
Fans of cinema, students and teachers alike will be blown away by this golden gem, a timeless treasure burried away in the annals of film folklore and history.
It's also available in wide screen version.