More To Say #42: The Karate Kid Part II

The Karate Kid Part II is a 1986 American martial arts drama film and the first sequel to The Karate Kid (1984). Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reprise their respective roles as young karate student Daniel LaRusso and his mentor Kesuke Miyagi. Like the original film, the sequel was a success, earning even more at the box office than its predecessor, although it received mixed reviews from critics.

Picks up where the first movie (The Karate Kid) leaves off. Mr. Miyagi and Daniel take a trip to Okinawa to visit Mr Miyagi’s dying father. After arriving Mr Miyagi finds he still has feelings for an old love. This stirs up trouble with an old rival that he originally left Okinawa to avoid. In the mean time Daniel encounters a new love and also makes some enemies.

Not quite up to the same level as the first movie but there’s still so much to appreciate for this movie, the music is great, both the score by Bill Conti and the soundtrack, the acting is once again top-notch, the chemistry between the leading actors still works really well, the action is nicely done, and they do a good job of upping the ante on the action and tension.

Where the movie kind of stumbles is in a mediocre story that kind of resembles the first movie a little too much.

Then again, The Karate Kid Part II is still a very enjoyable movie that has enough in it to make it enjoyable on its’ own merits. If you’re going to watch any of the Karate Kid sequels, this is the one to watch.

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