Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Karate Kid, The
smarter. Daniel thought that he would not be able to do it because he was not that strong, but Miyagi assures him he could, right before he first teaches Daniel the Drum Technique.
Ichiro. The guy who played Ichiro also appeared in "The Next Karate Kid". Also, Daniel helped him carry his carrots when he unwittingly revealed that Chozen was cheating the villagers, which is why Chozen held a grudge against Daniel in the first place.
3. It was out of respect for Miyagi's father, because he had been Sato's karate teacher.
|If Miyagi's village was supposed to be a fishing village, why weren't people fishing?||Karate Kid Part II
All the fish were gone. According to Miyagi, Yukie had informed him that Sato's father had brought in big, commercial fishing boats that fished-out the entire fish population.
|In the Miyagi family dojo, according to Rule #1 of karate, karate is for what only?||Karate Kid Part II
defense. There were two rules. The second was to make sure you learned the first rule first.
Nobody's perfect. This was according to Miyagi, after Daniel asked the same question.
|In the early part of the movie, does Mr. Miyagi think he can break a log?||Karate Kid Part II
No. No, because he's never been attacked by a tree.
|Before telling Daniel that he's the one who's going to stay in the room he's building, Miyagi tells him that it's for a what?||Karate Kid Part II
refugee. Mr. Miyagi had talked Daniel's mother into letting Daniel stay with him during the summer.
He's out of the Cobra Kai. "Second place? Second place is no place. You're off the team," Kreese said to Johnny outside in the parking lot, after the tournament.
early retirement. Remember, Mr. Miyagi does not believe in fighting except for defense, so he does not want Daniel in the tournament again.
|What is the name of the team that Dre's nemesis, Cheng, belongs to from Master Li's martial arts academy?||"The Karate Kid" (2010)
Fighting Dragons. The Fighting Dragons are a formidable force at the tournament. Two members of the team make it to the semifinals along with Dre. Cheng wins his semifinal so Dre needs to defeat two Dragons in order to win. Master Li tells the first Dragon to injure Dre to knock him out of the tournament, which he reluctantly does. He is disqualified but Dre is hurt too badly to continue. Mr. Han works his magic with the cupping and Dre is able to continue to fight Cheng in the finals. Again Master Li orders Cheng to injure Dre instead of fighting fair. Although badly injured, Dre overcomes the odds and defeats Cheng. At the end of the movie all of the Fighting Dragons come over and bow to Mr. Han in respect for what he taught Dre.
Beijing. Dre and his mom move to Beijing. The Olympic village is pointed out to Dre because he once states that everything in China is old. His class also takes a field trip to the Forbidden City, the home of the Chinese Emperors. The movie was filmed on location in China.
|Dre and Mei Ying meet at the Qixi Festival to see the shadow theater. According to Mr. Han, what Western holiday does the Qixi Festival most closely resemble?||"The Karate Kid" (2010)
Valentine's Day. Mr. Han states that the Qixi Festival is much like Valentine's Day. When Dre and Mei Ying meet at the shadow theater, she tells him the story of the lovers separated except for one day a year. Dre then tells her what it means to pinky swear and they both agree to be at each other's event - her audition and his tournament. In the end they kiss and their kiss is projected onto the shadow screen.
|Dre refers to a movie to explain what the life-force Mr. Han tells him about is like. What movie does he reference?||"The Karate Kid" (2010)
Star Wars. Dre thinks of "Star Wars" when Mr. Han tells him about Chi. In "Star Wars", Luke must learn to master the Force. As Dre notes, he is like a Jedi and Mr. Han is like Yoda, the Jedi Grand Master. The Chinese concept of Chi and George Lucas' concept of 'the Force' do share many similar characteristics.
|When they are on the train to the Wudang Mountains, Mr. Han tells Dre they are going somewhere to learn about the life-force that flows through all things. What is the name of this force?||"The Karate Kid" (2010)
Chi. On the train Dre asks, "So, what are we learning today?"
Mr. Han replies, "Chi, internal energy, the essence of life. It moves inside of us, flows through our bodies, gives us power from within."
When they arrive they journey to the top of the mountain to drink from the Dragon Well. While there Dre sees a woman who is a kung fu practitioner (Michelle Yeoh of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame in an uncredited cameo) dancing with a cobra. Mr. Han explains it is the snake dancing with her because of her Chi, not the other way around.
Violin. Mei Ying plays the violin and is training for an audition to get into the Beijing Academy of Music. At one point Dre notes that the acronym for the school spells BAM, like a sound effect from a comic. The joke is lost on Mei, who does not understand.
Kung Fu. Although the original movie is about karate, the remake is about kung fu. In the original, Mr. Miyagi is an Okinawan immigrant. Okinawa is where karate originated. In the remake Mr. Han was taught kung fu by his father, which he then teaches Dre. Kung fu comes from China where the movie is set. Jackie Chan thought the movie should have been called "The Kung Fu Kid" because of this.
Maintenance man. Mr. Han is the maintenance man at the building where Dre and his mother move to in Beijing. He is distant at first but watches Dre and what is happening to him. Then one day when Dre is getting beat up by Cheng and his friends, he steps in and saves Dre. Later on we find out Mr. Han is tortured by memories of the loss of his wife and son in a car accident in which he was the driver.