Taken to China, 'Karate Kid' Remake Searches for New Mr. Miyagi

December 13, 2008 07:33:45 GMT

Will Smith uncovers that the remake to 1984 hit film 'The Karate Kid' has yet to find Daniel LaRusso's sensei, Mr. Miyagi, and adds that the modern version will be leaving U.S. for China.


Taken to China, 'Karate Kid' Remake Searches for New Mr. Miyagi
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Though the remake project of "The Karate Kid", "Untitled Karate Kid Remake", has signed Jaden Smith as the new Daniel LaRusso, the proposed movie is yet to find its own Mr. Miyagi. Actor/producer Will Smith shared the fact with MTV News saying, "We don't have a Mr. Miyagi yet."

Noting that the studio has yet to find the perfect man for the job, Smith continues, explaining that it doesn't mean that they are in the dark with the casting since they already have several names for consideration. "There's a couple of people that we're really intrigued by, but I don't want to say any names because I'll be in trouble," so the "Seven Pounds" actor claimed.

Aside from addressing the Miyagi's casting, Smith also revealed one interesting twist on the plot. "We're making it with the China Film Group, so it'll be based in Beijing," he said of where the modern version of "Karate Kid" will take place. "Mr. Miyagi was originally Japanese, so there'll be a Chinese adaptation to it."

On the possibility that many will question how could Karate which is a Japanese martial art be brought to China, Smith reasoned that although karate was developed in Japan, it is based on Chinese fighting style, Kenpo. "Fortunately, karate is originally a Chinese art form," he said, "so that's the area we're playing around in."

The original "Karate Kid" stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi. It centers on LaRusso, who has been a victim of school bully. Meeting a kindly and humble Okinawan immigrant, Mr. Miyagi, he then learns to defend himself using karate. The movie received commercial success, spawning three other sequels, the last of which helps to launch Hilary Swank's career in movie biz.

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posted by otha on May 11, 2009
can i come
posted by Ito on Jan 17, 2009
I was trained by an Okinawan master and my life has been the arts. Ellis is right. If they touch the orginal film it should be with the hand of the writer who created the franchise.
posted by Ellis on Jan 17, 2009
Without Robert Mark Kamen on script the film's storyline will suffer. He knows how to translate martial arts action into a hit movie.
posted by bakaaho on Jan 16, 2009
As long as whoever takes the role as Mr Miyagi (Jackie Chan I presume from the latest news) can do an Okinawan accent pretty well; or they rename it "Quanfa Qid" (lol) and transform Mr Miyagi into Mr Zhang, I see no problem in the remake.. although Smith seriously needs a crash course through the history of how East Asian martial arts came to be. Justifying the movie made with China-Film on the basis that Okinawan Karate is the same thing as Chinese Quan-fa (Kempo) is like saying Modern RnB is exactly the same as Early Blues and African music :S
posted by JKDKali on Jan 07, 2009
Will Smith needs to do some serious homework. The Martial arts from China, since their existance are call "Wushu", Kung Fu or Gong Fu in the west.IN China Kenpo is used to describe a Kung-Fu & Karate MIX! While in Japan Kempo is an umbrella term just like the words martial arts. So what are they gonna call this masterpiece of ....? The Kenpo Kid? The Kenpo Karate Kid? LOL!
posted by katie on Dec 24, 2008
>> this is thee dumbest idea ever. no one is going to replace the original daniel san and mr.miyagi :[. why can't they just leave the good movies alone. it won't be the same at all
posted by farquard on Dec 18, 2008
Is there any creativity left in Hollywood?! Too many remakes!
posted by seremela on Dec 16, 2008
Karate is not Japanese. It was developed by Okinawans to defend themselves against the Japanese. It's roots come from China, but it is a style unique to Okinawa. Okinawa is part of Japan today, but to call Karate Japanese would be like calling the Hula dance American because Hawaii is part of the US.
posted by Thorien on Dec 14, 2008
Um, the new Mr. Miyagi won't be Japanese? That means Daniel won't be "Daniel-san," and a new generation of Karate Kid fans will be like, WTF to old school references. How lame. I hope Smith's Daniel will be a Jersey boy, at least. :)
posted by curius on Dec 14, 2008
who is direkting?

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