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Trivia / The Karate Kid

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General trivia

  • Actor-Shared Background: Ralph Macchio is Italian-American just like Daniel LaRusso. In fact, the character was originally named "Daniel Webber" and was not intended to be Italian-American, but his name and ethnicity were changed after Macchio's casting.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • There is serious implication throughout the series that Miyagi's style is Goju-Ryu (Hard-Soft Style) karate. First of all, his family name is "Miyagi", the same as that of Chojun Miyagi, founder of Goju-Ryu. There is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment when you see a photo of Chojun Miyagi on the wall among the pictures of Miyagi ancestors. A lot of the techniques Miyagi uses and teaches are lifted directly from Goju-Ryu (which, considering that Pat and Ralph trained Goju-Ryu to prepare for their respective parts, isn't strange).
    • In Cobra Kai: Daniel mentions that kata is the foundation of his karate. Goju-Ryu is based on two kata, Sanchin and Tensho, formalizing the "Hard" and "Soft" aspects of Goju-Ryu respectively.
  • Shown Their Work: Ralph Macchio has stated that Pat Morita took his role as Mr. Miyagi very seriously, and worked to develop the most authentic Okinawan accent possible to be respectful to the character.
  • Underage Casting: Pat Morita was too young to have served during World War II (being born in 1932), and Miyagi is a World War II veteran.
  • What Could Have Been: Before Cobra Kai, numerous ideas were bandied about for a hypothetical fifth Karate Kid movie, including an idea where a dying Mr. Miyagi would be trying to get his affairs in order (and would feature an older Johnny as a doctor) and a crossover with the Rocky franchise several years prior to the release of Creed, which Ralph Macchio said was the single worst sequel idea for the series he had heard. By both the admission of Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, Cobra Kai was the first time a sequel had appealed to them enough to commit.

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