History Trivia / TheKarateKid

18th Nov '16 8:54:56 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorInspiredElement: Pat Morita himself designed the bonsai logo that was sewed onto Daniel's gi.



* CastTheExpert: The referee in the final match is Pat E. Johnson, a karate expert and former student of Creator/ChuckNorris. He instructed many movie stars in karate. He is credited as the "fight instructor/choreographer" for the film.
* TheCastShowoff:
** Elisabeth Shue actually grew up playing soccer. She played with the boys as long as she could before finally taking up gymnastics.
** Ron Thompson was so skilled in martial arts that he was allowed to choreograph his own fight scenes.



* DeletedScene: There were two confrontations between Daniel and Johnny which were eventually cut from the film:
** The first takes place in the school cafeteria just after Daniel has bought lunch for Ali. Seeing them about to take a seat, Johnny hurries over just in time to sneak a piece of blueberry pie onto Daniel's chair. Standing up with his pants covered in blueberries, Daniel is equally embarrassed and livid. In a brave act of revenge, Daniel smears what is left of the pie across Johnny's shirt and mayhem ensues. A photo from this scene can be found on the back of the novelisation.
** The other scene occurs later in the film and also takes place at school. Coming up from a drink at the fountain, Daniel finds himself face to face with Johnny and stands up for himself once again by questioning the practices of the Cobra Kai.



* IronyAsSheIsCast: William Zabka (Johnny) had no martial arts experience prior to being cast in the film, except being an accomplished wrestler.
* ScullyBox: The crew had Pat Morita stand on a 4-inch box so they could fit him into the face-to-face shot.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/ChuckNorris was offered the role of Kreese, but he didn't want martial artists to be portrayed in a bad light (he would later play himself in Sidekicks, another [[FollowTheLeader movie with a Miyagi-like mentor and a Kreese-like villain]]). What's more, the studio wanted ToshiroMifune to play Mr. Miyagi despite not being fluent in English as he would have had to learn all his lines phonetically but writer Robert Mark Kamen was against that casting choice.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The role of Daniel LaRusso was allegedly initially offered to Creator/SeanPenn. Since he was trying for more adult roles he turned it down.
Creator/CharlieSheen also turned it down.
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Creator/ChuckNorris was offered the role of Kreese, but he didn't want martial artists to be portrayed in a bad light (he would later play himself in Sidekicks, another [[FollowTheLeader movie with a Miyagi-like mentor and a Kreese-like villain]]). What's more, villain]]).
** Creator/ToshiroMifune auditioned for Mr. Miyagi. Although he was great in
the studio wanted ToshiroMifune audition (according to play Mr. director John G. Avildsen in the DVD Commentary), it was felt that his version of Miyagi despite not being fluent in English as he would have had to learn all his lines phonetically but writer Robert Mark Kamen was against that casting choice."too serious" and played much like the samurai warriors he played in the Creator/AkiraKurosawa movies and he was turned down.




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* WordOfDante: According to the commentary track on the home video versions of the movie, William Zabka came up with a loose backstory for the Johnny Lawrence character, in order to better "get the feel" for playing the character. He states in the commentary that he envisioned Johnny as having no father, and that Kreese is the closest thing to a father figure he had in his life.
20th Apr '16 8:14:42 AM AlternativeCola
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/ChuckNorris was offered the role of Kreese, but he didn't want martial artists to be portrayed in a bad light (he would later play himself in Sidekicks, another [[FollowTheLeader movie with a Miyagi-like mentor and a Kreese-like villain]]). What's more, the studio wanted ToshiroMifune to play Mr. Miyagi despite not being fluent in English as would have had to learn all his lines phonetically but writer Robert Mark Kamen was against that casting choice.
** Creator/{{Mako}} was offered the role of Mr. Miyagi but he turned it down to do ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''. He did eventually play a similar character in ''Film/Sidekicks''.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/ChuckNorris was offered the role of Kreese, but he didn't want martial artists to be portrayed in a bad light (he would later play himself in Sidekicks, another [[FollowTheLeader movie with a Miyagi-like mentor and a Kreese-like villain]]). What's more, the studio wanted ToshiroMifune to play Mr. Miyagi despite not being fluent in English as he would have had to learn all his lines phonetically but writer Robert Mark Kamen was against that casting choice.
** Creator/{{Mako}} was offered the role of Mr. Miyagi but he turned it down to do ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''. He did eventually play a similar character in ''Film/Sidekicks''.
''Sidekicks''.
20th Apr '16 8:12:58 AM AlternativeCola
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/ChuckNorris was offered the role of Kreese, but he didn't want martial artists to be portrayed in a bad light (he would later play himself in Sidekicks, another [[FollowTheLeader movie with a Miyagi-like mentor and a Kreese-like villain]]). What's more, ''Toshiro Mifune'' reportedly auditioned for the role of Mr. Miyagi but was not fluent in English and would have had to learn all his lines phonetically.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/ChuckNorris was offered the role of Kreese, but he didn't want martial artists to be portrayed in a bad light (he would later play himself in Sidekicks, another [[FollowTheLeader movie with a Miyagi-like mentor and a Kreese-like villain]]). What's more, ''Toshiro Mifune'' reportedly auditioned for the role of studio wanted ToshiroMifune to play Mr. Miyagi but was despite not being fluent in English and as would have had to learn all his lines phonetically.
phonetically but writer Robert Mark Kamen was against that casting choice.
** Creator/{{Mako}} was offered the role of Mr. Miyagi but he turned it down to do ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''. He did eventually play a similar character in ''Film/Sidekicks''.
13th Apr '16 3:14:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** The black Cobra Kai student? It's ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''[='=] Lamar Latrell. We shit you not.
** ''Karate Kid II'' had one line roles from such up-and-coming actors as ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''[='=]s Creator/BDWong, and Clarence Gilyard of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' and ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' fame.
** Before [[Film/{{Darkman}} Robert G Durant]] became synonymous with burning scientists and collecting fingers he was a racist drunk that had his beer bottles Karate chopped by [[Series/HappyDays Arnold.]]
** [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Trivette]] shows up in Okinawa to watch Daniel break slabs of ice.
26th Sep '15 1:14:35 PM Mario1995
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!!The animated series
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Was given little to no promotion on Creator/{{NBC}} during its original run and was quickly axed after only thirteen episodes due to abysmal ratings.
16th Jun '15 8:52:50 AM Morgenthaler
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!!The 2010 remake has examples of:
* ActorAllusion:
** Jaden's father Creator/WillSmith did a parody of ''Karate Kid'' on an episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. Pat Morita, the orignal Miyagi, guest starred in the same episode.
** Also, Dre was just relaxin all cool and shooting some basketball outside of school and is then interrupted by bullies. Remind you of anyone?
* [[BackedByThePentagon Backed by Beijing]]: The remake has [[SceneryPorn gratuitous shots]] of notable landmarks in China which have probably needed to be directly authorized by some high Chinese officials. In return, China is depicted as a really nice land, mix of ancient civilization, modernity, and natural beauty. Not to forget a puppet play.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[RushHour Inspector Lee]] is [[Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness Chris Gardner]]'s mentor!!!
** The female snake charmer is played by an uncredited [[Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon Michelle]] [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies Yeoh]] (?).
** [[TheCuriousCaseofBenjaminButton Queenie]] is Dre's Mom!!!
* NamesTheSame:
** [[VideoGame/JadeEmpire Hehehehe. Master Li.]]
** [[Film/EnterTheDragon Bullshit, Mr Han-Man.]]
20th May '15 5:16:05 PM nombretomado
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Thankfully avoided in the original film, the studio demanded that the quiet scene in which Daniel discovers a drunken Miyagi mourning his lost wife and child, who died in a relocation camp while he was away being a war hero in Italy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, be cut because it "disrupted the flow of the movie". The director apparently went to ''war'' to keep it in the film. Pat Morita would later say that it was this scene that earned him an AcademyAward nomination for his portrayal of Mr. Miyagi. (Ralph Macchio disagrees, citing his presence in the entire film as the reason.)

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Thankfully avoided in the original film, the studio demanded that the quiet scene in which Daniel discovers a drunken Miyagi mourning his lost wife and child, who died in a relocation camp while he was away being a war hero in Italy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, be cut because it "disrupted the flow of the movie". The director apparently went to ''war'' to keep it in the film. Pat Morita would later say that it was this scene that earned him an AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for his portrayal of Mr. Miyagi. (Ralph Macchio disagrees, citing his presence in the entire film as the reason.)
15th May '15 1:29:40 AM unclejack
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** ''Karate Kid II'' had one line roles from such up-and-coming actors as ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''[='=]s B.D. Wong, and Clarence Gilyard of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' and ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' fame.

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** ''Karate Kid II'' had one line roles from such up-and-coming actors as ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''[='=]s B.D. Wong, Creator/BDWong, and Clarence Gilyard of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' and ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' fame.
12th Apr '15 2:58:34 PM DrOO7
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* AFIS100Years100Cheers: #98
16th Jan '15 8:52:57 AM erforce
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** [[JadeEmpire Hehehehe. Master Li.]]
** [[EnterTheDragon Bullshit, Mr Han-Man.]]

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** [[JadeEmpire [[VideoGame/JadeEmpire Hehehehe. Master Li.]]
** [[EnterTheDragon [[Film/EnterTheDragon Bullshit, Mr Han-Man.]]
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