Why is the new remake called The Karate Kid? From everything I’ve gathered, it’s not the exact same story at all, so in that sense it’s not an outright remake. They’re moving it to China, which means he’s studying kung fu with Jackie Chan, am I right? I mean, they are different martial arts disciplines, aren’t they?* It’s not actually karate anymore…
Why not call it The Kung Fu Kid and let it stand on it’s own? I mean, the only reason to keep the title would be name recognition to bring in the $$$, I would think, but those of us who grew up with that movie love the original and don’t want a new one with Will Smith’s kid (who looks 9). We don’t want a remake and will probably not see it for just that reason. But I’ve seen The New Karate Kid (too many times on TV to mention actually. I was recognizing Hillary Swank before people knew who she was). And this is probably a pretty good movie, and it’d be nice to see Jackie Chan be serious (I think).
Let the original be its amazing self and let this be a new addition to the series…not a “remake” of an 80s movie that is perfectly good, nay great, as it is. Why not The Kung Fu Kid?
What are you afraid of Hollywood?
* I do admit that I may be wrong in thinking this and there may be relationships that I don’t understand, just like I don’t know everything about the political histories of China and Japan. But, for what I know, karate is Japanese and kung fu is Chinese and those are two totally different countries.
Though, on a related note, this is pretty awesome, especially the bit with The [Remade] Karate Kid poster…
Wax On, F*uck Off with Ralph Macchio: