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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of Daniel san's story
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...
Published on Sept. 21 2003 by Nemo Daison

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3.0 out of 5 stars weakest of the original trilogy
this movie is hands down,the worst of the original 3.the writing is
seriously lacking in this one.the story is weak an not compelling.the
protagonist is weaker than the previous 2,by a mile.this whole movie is
anticlimactic.very little happens over the course of the
film.Basically,Kreese,from the original movie wants revenge on Daniel
and Mr Myagi...
Published on Oct. 11 2007 by falcon


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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of Daniel san's story, Sept. 21 2003
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Nemo Daison "eRic. august" (Tupelo, MS) - See all my reviews
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Karate Kid film in the series, Aug. 25 2003
This review is from: The Karate Kid III (VHS Tape)
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Diasappointing Third Chapter, Dec 30 2007
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We purchased this item on the strength of the first two movies and were disappointed. It was dark and gratuitously violent. It was almost cartoonish in its portrayal of good vs. evil. One got the feeling that Pat Morita did not want to do this movie and only agreed when they said, don't worry it's a small part anyway, you won't have to say much. They should have stopped after the second movie rather than create this second rate follow up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars weakest of the original trilogy, Oct. 11 2007
this movie is hands down,the worst of the original 3.the writing is
seriously lacking in this one.the story is weak an not compelling.the
protagonist is weaker than the previous 2,by a mile.this whole movie is
anticlimactic.very little happens over the course of the
film.Basically,Kreese,from the original movie wants revenge on Daniel
and Mr Myagi for events that happened during the beginning of the 2nd
movie.there is very little wisdom or philosophy dispensed by Myagi in
this one.the ending is weak and anti-climatic,to say the least.if you do
decide to watch Karate Kid 3,you should watch the previous 2
first,otherwise you might not quite understand what is happening.it is
unfortunate that they had to end the trilogy on such a low note.maybe
they just couldn't come up with anything better.in which case,they
shouldn't have bothered.The movie is watchable,even entertaining at
times,but does not live up to The Karate Kid name. 3/5
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly disgraceful, April 13 2004
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Jonathan Helig (Panama City beach, FL) - See all my reviews
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.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars truly outstanding third installment of the series, April 3 2004
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NChoudhury (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best Martial Arts Film Ever!, Jan. 8 2004
By A Customer
I must say I am impressed with some of the positive reviews here of the KKIII. Those of you that gave it a low rating may need to re-examine your thinking. I think this movie is especialy enjoyable for the karate enthusiast such as myself. It does something that a rare few martial arts movies do. It shows you the point of view of a karate student in modern day, not just a action/police/kung-fu typical movie. It really gets to the heart of karate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best karate Kid film in the series!, Aug. 22 2003
This review is from: The Karate Kid III (VHS Tape)
This was the best Karate Kid film in the series. This installment had the best plot and villians. This film also introduced characters which were not featured in the first too installments. They are, Mr. Terry Silver, John Kreese, Mike Barnes, Snake, Dennis, and Daniel's new love interest Jessica Andrews. In this one mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel The final karate move his family's Kata. I think they should have ended the series with this installment. "The Next karate Kid" ruined the series. This installment had a better plot than the 1st, 2nd, and 4th, installments. This one had more and the best action sequences than the other "KK" movies. The tournament was awesome. In the final sequence Daniel uses the kata and beats Mike Barnes. This was the best. Word of advice take it: see the first three and stop. Don't see the 4th and save your time and money. The 4th one's a joke.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Daniel is a WHOOSI, Aug. 12 2003
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This movie is really funny. Not that means to be. The plot is the same at the other Karate kid films, Daniel gets beaten up throughout the entire film. And then somehow wins. And also, how does Daniels karate get worse and worse with each film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Miyagi's Little Trees!, Aug. 11 2003
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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.
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