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"Jacket on, Jacket Off"
It took 26 years to remake the blockbuster hit movie that set Ralph Macchio to become the biggest actor in America.
My cousin influenced me to love Ralph Macchio back in 1984 because of the first Karate Kid movie.
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. Kung Fu however is a Chinese martial arts, a term that can be translated into "achievement through great effort". For why the movie was entitled "Karate Kid" and why it was more of Kung Fu and chinese martial arts is the concept of the producers, Jerry Weintraub, James Lassiter, Will Smith, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Why do I love this movie:
1. Acting. From Ralph Macchio's captivating cute face in 1984's version is Jaden Smith's natural innocence shown in this movie.Jaden Smith is the 12 year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith who stars this movie with Jackie Chan. I loved Jaden in the movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness" with his father four years ago and I was truly impressed with this little boy's performance in this movie. I was captivated in the scene where he was staring at his mom rethinking what Mr. Han(Jackie Chan) thought about focus just like his performance I applauded when he was playing "knock-knock" with his father,Will Smith in the "Pursuit of Happyness" movie. I thought Jackie Chan pulled it off too compared to Pat Morita playing Mr. Han since his face and expressions seemed natural of an old man retired of being a Kung Fu Master.
2. Special Effects. The magic of suspended motion camera tricks made the movie more effective especially the last part that lauded critics on how the main character (Dre Parker) was able to beat his opponent in the Kung Fu tournament.
3. Plot. It's the 2010 version and I was moved by the hilarious scenes in this movie though it seemed similar to the 1984 version of learning the art of martial arts for peace. How Mr. Han thought that it was relevant to start teaching martial arts from Dre Parker's indifference to the common and regular yapping of his mom about his jacket was genius. Kung Fu does live and breathe in every living thing around us. Quite inspiring and value-oriented I hope children will imbibe.
Screenplay was marvelous except some scenes changes that was not properly edited maybe due to the editing efforts to appeal the motion picture review board in the Philippines.
I believe this movie should be watched by the whole family, for the parents to learn understanding their teens and for the children to appreciate their parents nagging about simple chores.
I enjoyed this movie with my son in SM Fairview (quite surprising in its renovations and its single screening system).
I'd soon be teaching my students to "pens on, pens off" to learn focus in writing (LOL).
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