Dr. Beardhussein Salutes The Karate Kid‘s Awesomeness.
It’s 2:33 on the morning of Monday, March 24th, 2008. I’m in good spirits. For some reason, typing on a laptop is wayyyy more fun than typing on my desktop. I just like the idea of being in front of the tv, typing away. I think it might be a throwback to watching movies where there’s an author just typing away on a laptop whenever inspiration hits, or back in the day, a typewriter.
Anyway, I figured I’d take the time to update IATS cuz I still have loyal peeps that read it, and I think I enjoy the freedom to write whatever the heck I want here on my home turf more than I like the larger readership I get over at Alumnah.com. Don’t get me wrong, I love Alumnah.com, but this is homebase for the IATSoldiers.
So I’m flipping channels this afternoonwhilst trying to cope with a wicked bad hangover from the world’s strongest vodka and cranberrieses imbibed at a friend’s birthday party. The good news is that I got to make out with a cute girl that has some creamy bristols (c) EngRep. The bad news is that, while I have a very good alcohol tolerance, I couldn’t handle fucking Ketel 1 and Ocean Spray. Summamabitch.
But I digress.
I was flipping channels when, lo and behold, I stumble upon American Movie Classics’s afternoon presentation of Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki “Pat” Morita’s seminal film, The Karate Kid. I managed to catch the movie in the beginning of the middle, where Miyagi and Daniel San go into the evil Cobra Kai Dojo to get the Cobra Kais to stop smackin’ Daniel San just for livin’. It’s an awesome scene, and the movie is just fuckin’ aces the whole way thru.
Lemme tell ya, I pity 90s babies because they’ll never have a cinematic experience the likes of TKK, or it’s sequels for that matter. (Not counting the one with Hillary Swank, sorry). Everybody was trying the Crane Kick after TKK. “Wax on, Wax off” was probably the most used yearbook quote ever the year the film debuted.
My favorite scene–aside from any with Elizabeth Shue looking/acting like the sweetest, cutest girl ever–would have to be, hands down, the “You’re The Best” Karate Tournament Montage. I was watching that scene and I was getting totally hyped off that song. Also, that’s another reason why movies back in the day are sooo much better than now. 80s movies always had awesome montages with awesome montage songs: Teen Wolf, The Monster Squad, The Karate Kid–all had classic montages and montage tunes.
The other great thing about TKKis the different philosophies Mr. Miyagi teaches and Daniel San stumbles upon. I’m 27 years old, and I’ve seen this flick 25 times, but the wisdom espoused in this film holds up quite well. Plus, the characters are all good–from Daniel to Miyagi to Ali to Johnny to that chicken what cracked an egg on Daniel San’s head in the Costume Party scene.
Good flick, classic flick. The sequels had their moments too, even tho’ some people (surprise surprise) viewed them as inferior. I mean, the first was the best, but KK2 and KK3 both have some good moments of drama, suspense, action, and lessons learned. Plus, Karate Kid 2 gave us the classic scene with those little drum things as Daniel San fights for his life, and Karate Kid 3had a gutwrenching scene where Daniel and Miyagi are being mocked by Karate’s Bad Boy, Mike Barnes–which just inspires Daniel San to honor himself and his teacher.
Oh, and since I’m at it: Rest in Peace, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita. You were awesome.
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So there ya go. My little tribute to The Karate Kid. A shining example of the quality teen flicks that the 1980s brought us. If you wanna read up on The Karate Kid trilogy, do check out ESPN Writer Bill Simmons’ Recap of the Series. It’s fucking hilarious. I’ve read it once a year since I stumbled upon it back in 2005, and it’s great each time. He goes in f’real for real–which is why I just hit the highlights. I just can’t top his recap.
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