Kung-Fu Kid kicks off production. Here’s a rundown of the Karate Kid “remake.”

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Quaid

Other than a brief mention that it was happening, we here at MCS have not reported too much on the remake of The Karate Kid, probably because it hurts our collective soul a little too much.

karate_Kid_PosterWith the movie having its official kickoff, though, I thought maybe this was a good time to throw out a rundown of what we know about the film.  Then we can let it fade into obscurity until such time that a trailer forces us all to actively bitch about the raping of our childhoods.

Production officially kicked off on the Karate Kid remake, now retitled The Kung-Fu Kid, this Saturday in China with a traditional Chinese ceremony (this according to the AP).  Everyone was in attendance, including Will Smith, who is acting as a producer on the show.  This is due to the fact, I’m sure, that his son, Jaden, is playing the titular “kid.”

But who is playing Mr. Miyagi?!?  Well, nobody.  Instead, we get Jackie Chan playing a character named Mr. Chan.

Hmmm…that’s going to be different.

The film has been written by Steve Conrad (the excellent The Weather Man) and will be directed by Harald Zwart (The Pink Panther II).

The other thing that seems to have changed is the plot.  Here is the remake’s synopsis on IMDB, typos and all:

“Work pressures cause a single mother moves to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces karate, taught to him by a master of the self-defense form.”

Karate_Kid_Still2So no Kobra Kai dojo and white-as-white-can-be punk kids pretending to be martial arts masters?  LAME!

In truth, this doesn’t feel much like a remake at all, especially with the name change.  I’m willing to bet this one will be a non-stop action thrill ride with a lot of “homage” elements thrown in.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing (at all), and I love Jackie Chan as much as the next guy, but it’s still hard to get excited for this one.

If nothing else, I won’t be able to stand the 14-year-old kids arguing why this one is soooo much better than the original, which they made out to while it was on cable at three in the morning.

Anyway, that’s the skinny.  Thought you oughtta know.                           

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Rachel Says:

    At least they aren’t calling it “The Karate Kid” and totally screwing it over. Maybe this will only target audiences who have never heard of The Karate Kid…


  2. André Says:

    A ‘Karate Kid’ without the old master isn’t the same. Maybe for younger folks okay, but everyone that knows the old classic?-I’m not so sure if they’ll like this one.

    Since we’re at the topic of Karate/fighting sports: A movie of Hong Kong Phooey might be produced. That would be fine…

  3. Quaid Says:

    Well, the weird thing is if you really think about it, Jackie Chan IS getting to the point where he could play an “Old” Master. Weird, eh? But I’m guessing he’ll bring his overly comedic, slapstick sensibilities (which I normally love), and change the whole dynamic. Might not suck, but definitely not “The Karate Kid.”

  4. matt Says:

    I kind of cried a little on the inside reading this… after all, how many of us watched the Karate Kid like a million times growing up? I know i did… Jackie Chan pretty much sucks as an actor. I hope they don’t try to tie it close to karate kid at all. That would just be shameful

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