Karate Kid (2010)

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"Life will knock us down but we can choose to get back up." - Mr. Han

Cast

Jaden Smith... as Dre Parker

Jackie Chan... as Mr. Han

Taraji P. Henson... as Sherry Parker

Wenwen Han... as Meiying

Rongguang Yu... as Master Li

Zhenwei Wang... as Cheng

Plot Summary

When the career of 12-year-old Dre's mother requires that they move to China, Dre's life is flipped upside down. Dre has a tough time adjusting to his life in China and the bullies at his school do not make the transition any better. After only a week of living in China, Dre begins to feel intense fear all the time, expecting the bullies to abuse him at any moment. He has to constantly avoid them and run from them while in and out of school.

The maintenance man at the hotel where Dre and his mother is staying, turns out to be a Kung Fu master and volunteers to teach Dre.

This movie takes us through Dre's journey and his struggle to keep his friendship with a Chinese girl in his class while training to compete in a Kung Fu competition and learning his strength within.

My Rating

I give this movie 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. Great acting, great action scenes, great story line, constantly engaging! What more can I say? The movie had me at the edge of my seat most of the time. I was so engaged that I didn't even care to eat the snacks I brought along with me.

Jaden Smith

Jaden Christopher Syre Smith is an amazing actor! Like father, like son. Will Smith should be proud of his son. Jaden had me in tears, he made me feel his pain, his frustration. His acting was flawless. If you thought he was good in "Pursuit of Happyness" you haven't seen anything yet.

Jaden played the lead role of Dre Parker and he played it well. Jaden WAS Dre Parker. His acting was so unbelievably believable that I can't believe he was acting. He was living his role. If I had more than two thumbs to hold up, I'll hold them all up for Jaden. Did I mention that he did all his stunts? And he did some break dancing? Great job, Jaden!

Dre at the Kung Fu tournament (Google Images)
Dre at the Kung Fu tournament (Google Images)

Jackie Chan

I have to start by saying, I love Jackie Chan! His stunt work and his physical comedy is legendary. In this movie, however, Jackie Chan surprised me. I had no idea what a great actor he was. Sure, he's good at comedy--especially physical comedy--and undoubtedly an amazing stunts man, but he took on a serious role in this movie.

Jackie Chan played the role of the maintenance man, Mr. Han, who becomes Dre's mentor and friend. And oh, what a great mentor he was! There is one scene in this movie, where Jackie Chan's acting was so poignant that it brought tears to my eyes. Honestly. I had no idea that Jackie Chan was such a great actor. You have to see him in this movie.

Zhenwei Wang - Honourable Mention

This kid has never acted in another movie before but his debut in "Karate Kid (2010)" was a great debut. Because this was his debut, there's not much information out there about him but I just had to mention him because I thought he did an wonderful job playing Cheng, the main bully. He didn't have many lines, but his body language, facial expressions and actions said it all.

I'm not sure whether Zhenwei did his own stunts but if he did, they were amazing. I can see this kid being the next bad guy in another Kung Fu movie. Or maybe he'll be the good guy next time. Whatever he would be, I know he would always be worthy of mention.

Final Words

This movie is a must-see. Some parts had me laughing some parts had be in tears (and I'm not one to cry from movies). I left the theatre wanting to walk right back in for the next show but unfortunately, I had other obligations. So sad. I definitely want to get this on DVD as soon as it is released.

I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

I saw the original "Karate Kid," and it held my attention. But from your description, "kal," this remake is even better. So I'll check it out when it comes to my area. Thanks for the revealing review.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks for your comment. That was quick. I just posted this. You should definitely see the movie.


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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

I like this, yes it was unbelievable believable! Incredible movie and great acting. I saw a TV interview with Jackie and Jaden and I'm not sure who is more proud of Jaden.....Will Smith or Jackie Chan. Good review...I have to see it again. I'm adding two more thumbs up!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks marvalous for your two more thumbs up! I'll take it. I definitely want to see this again.


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girlincape 6 years ago from California

I saw this and I have to say I found it to be kind of average at best. If you want to see a really good Kung Fu film with awesome characters and a really engaging story you might like Kung Fu Hustle (dir. Stephen Chow 2004).


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, girlincape. What can I say? Sorry you found it only average. I REALLY loved this movie. I do want to see it again... a few more times. I will check out Kung Fu Hustle though. Thanks for commenting.


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jedilost 6 years ago from istanbul

this movie is as good as the original one.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, jedilost. I agree completely. Thanks for your comment.


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mysentitems 6 years ago from Chennai

i want to see this film


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

You should definitely see it, mysentitems.


freemovie 6 years ago

Can i put this movie on my iPod? I want to watch it on bus~~~~


smiley 6 years ago

^^ I'm seeing this film on saturday :D! I loveee Cheng aka Zhenwei Wang. He has a twitter btw xD.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Freemovie, unless you have some secret way of obtaining the movie in a form which can be converted for your iPod, I don't know. You should watch it on the widescreen. So much more fun!

Hi Smiley, I hope you enjoy the film as much as I did. Zhenwei Wang was awesome. You'll love him even more. :) I'm going to look him up on Twitter.

Thank you both for commenting.


picklesugar13 6 years ago

I LOVED this movie!! I think that it is way better than the original one only because the acting was way better, the fight scenes were way better.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, picklesugar, I agree completely! Thanks for being on my side. Haha.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

I am not much for remakes of classic movies , I will wait for it to get to Redbox


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, tony. Some remakes are a big mistake but I believe this one was a good idea. It's also a good idea to wait for it to get to Redbox. That's usually what I do when I'm not sure about a movie. Thanks for commenting!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Nicely done. My nephew saw it this w/e and enjoyed it. I missed it and will have to catch it another time.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Your nephew and his wife have good taste. You should definitely see it. Thanks for commenting!


Spanish lessons 6 years ago

I love Jackie Chan movies. However, I don't like the idea of this remake. It's calles Karate Kid, but they fight Kung Fu


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello Spanish lessons, I also love Jackie Chan movies. However, despite the Kung Fu vs Karate title, the remake of Karate Kid is still a great movie. I honestly don't care what the title of the movie is now that I've seen it. They could name the movie Boo and I'd still re-watch it. :) Thanks for commenting.


Alma Ibanez 6 years ago

Best encouraging movie! A must see movie for all visionaries, dreamers, for all who feel weak and discouraged too. Two thumbs up!


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rusticyeti 6 years ago

I liked this movies. It was a very good remake of a classic and it comes from a much different perspective than the original.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi Alma! Nicely put. I didn't think of it that way but it was definitely very encouraging. Thanks for commenting!

Hello, rusticyeti, I liked this movie too (obviously, (^_^)

I agree that it's from different perspective than the original. Quite frankly, I preferred this perspective. Thanks for rading and commenting!


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

I saw this on Monday and although I really had no interest in watching the remake I found it enjoyable. I like Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and am glad their child does not get movie roles just because of his name. He has the ability to act for sure.

Jackie Chan is so great and I hope I never find out he is unlike his onscreen characters because I feel he is a genuinely nice man.

Somehow this movie seemed more profound to me being set in China. The scenery of the Great Wall and the location they went to the pool of water was breathtaking!

Thanks for this review Kimberly!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I'm glad you enjoyed the movie, Dobson. Jaden is definitely making his own name. DEFINITELY!

Don't worry about Jackie Chan. The cast and crew of every movie have said that he's genuinely a nice person. When he goes to restaurants, he always has to be told not to clean up after himself.

Oh and the sceneries you mentioned really were breathtaking. I want to go there now... just to see for myself.


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parrster 6 years ago from Oz

Thanks for this, I was tossing up whether to see, now I will.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

You should definitely see it, parrster! I'm anxiously awaiting the moment it comes out on DVD.


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kalpana_1 6 years ago from uk

Great review, thanks. Jackie Chan, Jaden and Zhenwei Wang gave engaging performances. The scenery was breath-taking! Only reservation is about the depiction of the violence of the kung-fu matches, especially as this involves young, vulnerable boys.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good review. I liked this movie. I'll try to find this movie in DVD rent. It looks heroic movie. Good to watch with family. Thank you very much.

Prasetio


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I agree with your completely, kalpana_1. The actors were great and the scenery made me want to go there. Thanks for commenting!

Prasetio, it is a good movie... a great movie actually. I can't wait until it comes on DVD as well. Thanks for commenting!


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meow48 6 years ago from usa

I have always like the karate kid series, wax on, wax off... hee with pat morita... this remake held true to the premise, i look to the mountains, from whence cometh my help? in the form of a maintenance man. I like the idea that if one judges a book by its cover, one will definitely miss out. anyway, i like the remake. and I hope it will revive an interest in the older series. Jackie Chan was the bomb. The Shadow scene will always remain in my memory, just like with the first movie with the Crane scene at the end. just plan good entertainment. and the idea that help comes in the strangest forms sometimes, is very cool.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

You're absolutely right about everything you mentioned, meow48. Thank you for that awesome comment. I'm glad you seemed to have enjoyed the movie as much as I do.


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

Looking forward to watch it in DVD. That's a great review :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, blaise! I'm glad you liked my review. Oh and I'm looking forward to watching and owning it on DVD too.


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Thank you for the review. I always enjoy Jackie chan's movie. It always funny and enjoyable to watch. And he is indeed really good in martial art. Never watch Jayden before though. I surely will find time to watch this one. :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi Freya! You've never seen Jaden act? You should watch the Pursuit of Happyness then. That's another good movie. Thanks for commenting!


sylvia zwdw 6 years ago

OMG... is a hot remake... definitely better than the original one.... ohhh... i think i love zhenwei(cheng)instead of jaden ... for me zhenwei is really cool, hot handsome guys... the part of he make me like him is the last part when he congulation to jaden of jaden winning... my be in chinese ???????i really like this type of guyy.... i like zhenwei the wany his speak,act, fight and even everything of him... for me he is the coolest guy i ever seen ...i admire him alot...i hope i can meeet him someday and may be be friends with him... his family should be proud of HIM... i hope they will be karate kids 2... and ihope in karate kids 2 ,zhen wei and jaden will become partner and friends... they really need to work togetherr...i think it will become the great kung fu ever if zhenwei and jaden is working up together.... ibut sometime i took pity on jaden and may be just because of the last part of th movie i started like zhenwei.... jaden for me is cutee... haha i like cool guys... i love jackie chan too.... what ever they acting was really good .... may be is not acting is REAL...haha the sound effect was really good...jackie was serious, jaden was cuteand zhenwei was awesome... forgive me if my english is not so good ...haha


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Zhenwei really was awesome! I kept talking about him after the movie and was surprised when I found out that he had never acted in another movie before. Haha, you sound so excited about him though! That's great... he probably has man fans like you.

Your Gnglish sounds fine to me. Thanks for commenting!


sylvia zwdw 6 years ago

uh.. thanks alot..... same with you...i also keep taking about him after the moviee.. did you know how i can chat with him? haha thanks


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Ha, sorry. I don't know how you can chat with him.


zahraIndonesia 6 years ago

oh my god.... i love this movie so much.... and Jaden please come to Indonesia, you are my FAFORITE ACTOR!!!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha, this is a great movie! Jaden will probably be a world wide star soon and will be touring the world.


zahraIndonesia 6 years ago

come to Jakarta (Indonesia) Jaden, please.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I hope he hears your plea, Zahra.


zahraIndonesia 6 years ago

kaltopsyd,how you? where you come from?


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello again, Zahra. I'm fine. Where'd I come from? I'm originally from Trinidad but I live in the US now.


zahraIndonesia 6 years ago

how old are you? can you speak Indonesian?


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I'm 18 and Trinidadian and living in America for 11 years so no I do not speak Indonesian. Why do you ask? Just interested?


zahraIndonesia 6 years ago

you live in US. where you address?


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

New Jersey.


SYLVIAZWDW 6 years ago

never mine... if you dun know how i can chat with zhenwei... thanks alot kaltopsyd .... u in us ? did u went to the premier of karate kids that held in L.A ? YOU MEET JADEN BEFORE? HAHA JUST ASKING


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Nope, I don't know how to chat with Zhenwei. Sorry. I didn't go the the premier, that's too far from where I live (all the way across the US). I wish I can meet Jaden. He's awesome too.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for the review. Jaden's pretty cool. (look at that pose above, I doubt even ballerina's can do that).

He's put in a lot of effort into this film and it's nice to see one of my favourite Actors Jackie Chan in it too. It must have been fun to make.

Great Hub.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

So true, Lady E. Ballerinas will envy that pose. Jackie Chan is one of my favourite actors too. Cool! I could imagine it was fun to make. I wish I was on the set to see the filming. Isn't that a thought?

Thanks for commenting!


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

well I have seen karate kid the original one. Jackie Chan, i do not like him as I never seen him at any non fighting role. Maybe this movie helps me to see him from another perspective. I cannot even call Jackie Chan an actor, I actually never thought he is an actor :-).

New karate kid I will probably go to see when it comes into a damm place where I am living.

Great hub Kim xoxoxoxoxoxox- Lizzy


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

My dear Lizzy,

This awesome movie hasn't come to the Czech yet? I'm so sorry. You GOTTA see it. Yes, and Jackie Chan is certainly an actor. He was really good in this movie - in my opinion. I love this movie!

XOXO,

K. Alto


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

I loved this movie! I just watched it last night with my hubby, and I actually can't wait to watch it again. You really do the movie justice, especially with your hub summary to address the theme of the movie. That was the favorite part for me, how well the story was written. The writers really went above and beyond to create a classic story where both the hero and the mentor learn something from each other. My only complaint about this hub is that you don't mention who wrote the movie.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Oh I'm sorry, AC. Yes, I did leave out the writer. I don't even know who wrote the movie. (That's embarrassing). I do love this movie though. The writers certainly were brilliant. I just re-watched this with a few of my friends last Sunday. haha. I hope it will be on sale on Black Friday so I can buy it! :)


jesica 5 years ago

hola me llamo jesica soy fanatica de zhenwei es muy lindo talves algun dia lo conosca y que seamos amigos


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kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hola Jesica,

Zhenwei es muy talentoso. Tienes razon. Muy gracias por tu comentario. (You gave me a chance to practice Spanish... which is probably really bad now).

Gracias otra vez.

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