Last weekend I made an impromptu trip to the movies with Mrs Jamaipanese to check out Karate Kid, the remake of a cult classic that I must have watched at least a hundred times as a child. I knew very little about the remake before hand, so little in fact that I didn’t even know Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith played the lead roles. Jackie is an acting legend, albeit an aging one and Jaden is the son of an acting legend so I had high hopes.
It was a wonderful film that I enjoyed and I don’t regret paying money to see but from my post Karate Kid remake watching experience I started to check out a few reviews and apparently I’m not as smart as I think I am, as everybody and their uncle’s aunt was wondering why the pluck is the movie named “Kung Fu” Kid if the tween is taught Kung Fu. ã‚ã‹ã‚Šã¾ã—ãŸï¼Ÿ
I’ve spent a week in discussion with friends, reading online feedback and sacrificing baby rabbits with the hope of understanding why this happened and unearthed the following serious and not so serious reasons.
Hollywood is milking the Karate Kid Brand name
China is a greater player on the world scene now than Japan
Mr Miyagi was injured in a fight with me
This is worse than racism it’s deindividuation!
Jaden is the new fresh prince of Beijing
It was a good movie, really it was! But I can’t help being feel like I was robbed or feeling like the original has been tarnished! Can’t I sue somebody for misrepresentation? This is like going into a restaurant to buy curried goat and being served curried sheep instead! Anyway, still on a not so serious note, who would win an all out brawl, Mr Han or Mr Miyagi? Vote in the embedded poll below, then leave a comment or I will break your leg.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.