Recently watched all three Karate Kid movies with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita from the 80’s. Love Karate Kid 1 and the others are pretty interesting. Every movie somebody hates the Daniel LaRusso, AKA the karate kid, tries to destroy him and Daniel overcomes with the help of his karate teacher, mentor, surrogate dad and best friend Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). (Love seeing when good men become like fathers to boys and teach them to be good men! Good reminder of how important it is to have good friends!)
This is what it could have been like, but first, in case you missed them, here’s a recap of the first three movies:
Movie One: The high school bullies who also go to a karate glass led by an ego maniac villain try to destroy Daniel and he wins the karate championship.
Movie Two: Mr. Miyagi’s former best friend’s nephew in Japan challenges Daniel to a fight to the death and Daniel again rises to victory.
Movie Three: The ego maniac villain karate class teacher from movie one lost his business and now his even more evil war veteran friend wants to destroy Daniel but Daniel again wins the karate championship.
And of course, all with the help of Daniel’s karate teacher Mr. Miyagi. (On a side note, one of my sisters worked with Pat Morita on a film. Awesome!)
Wish they had done one more movie… with Ralph Macchio. Forget the current series that I quit watching because it is not family friendly or a good influence. Not recommending it.
So in my proposed movie story line, Daniel gets a lot more positive publicity and his story becomes even more famous around the nation. There’s TV interviews, book deals, a movie deal and Daniel opens up his own karate academy and trains boys who need guidance and discipline. Can he be married to his girlfriend from Karate Kid 1 and can it also be written that Mr. Miyagi married his lost love from Japan (from movie two) before he died? (Why didn’t he take her with him in movie two?!! She waited for him her whole life!) This time no enemies to overcome – just positive stories of Daniel helping teenage boys overcome and succeed in life. Wouldn’t that be nice?