Amusing that this is basically Million Dollar Baby with Pat Morita in the Clint Eastwood role and a better fate for Hilary Swank's character. The goofy dialogue, made goofier by Swank's line readings, make this pretty consistently hilarious, and giving Morita a female student allows for scenes of Miyagi buying Swank's character, Julie, a prom dress; Miyagi accidentally walking in on Julie changing; and many moments of Miyagi rolling his eyes at '90s American teen culture. And Michael Ironside, as the sensei of.I don't know if it's a dojo as much as a roving gang of twenty something high schoolers and potential rapists in gis, but Ironside demands a level of commitment from them that Kreese would have balked at.
The Next Karate Kid Cast
AKA: KARATE KID AFTER NEXT or THE KARATE KID LEGACY First rewatch since theater all the way back when. I was hoping being high off of watching a bunch of female-lead action movies for Woovember 2.0 because of the new SHE-RA cartoon, I’d be more forgiven but no this one isn’t all that great. I want to say it’s better than at least KARATE KID II but that one at least had great cinematography and the whole Okinawan travelogue thing going on so maybe not. Most of the entertainment value comes from how much a time-capsule this one is from Tilda Swinston’s (LOGAN LUCKY, SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK AGAIN) super-90’s teen angst and the alt. Rock music playing throughout.