First, lets watch the trailer to the original…..
With that on our minds, lets look ahead…
Yesterday Columbia Pictures just dropped the trailer to the remake….
First, let me go AngryAsianMan here….
Karate, is a martial arts that was created and performed…IN JAPAN. It is a JAPANESE martial arts, with some influence in chinese kenpo.
What Jackie Chan does, and what he was taught when he was a little kid….is WUSHU, or KUNG FU, but put simply, CHINESE martial arts.
This remake is set in China. Looking at how Jackie is training Jaden Smith’s character he is training him in a wushu/kung fu style, NOT KARATE.
So, calling this movie THE KARATE KID is maddening because it is so god damn culturally insensitive.
COME ON HOLLYWOOD! Thanks for saying that ALL Asians are the same that ALL martial arts are the same.
Seriously, Fuck You.
Also, thanks for perpetuating the stereotype that everyone in an Asian country are martial artist, even the jerk 11 year olds who like to pick on the poor westerner.
Also, is it me or is there a fight scene in this movie in which Jackie’s character (named Mr. Han in the remake) takes on 11 year olds?
Yes, it is similar to the scene in the original in which Mr. Miyagi fights the cobra kai at the Halloween party….but those kids were like 16-18, old enough to probably handle themselves in a fight.
Jackie is fighting kids the remake?
Oh, and are they actually training on The Great Wall of China? Might as well right? Westerners know of that Chinese monument, put it in the movie!
I also kinda laughed at the their new take on the “wax on, wax off” training technique, thought I don’t think “Jacket off, Jacket on” is going to catch on in modern pop culture.
So, whats the conflict?
Well I hate to say this but while watching the trailer, I got the feeling that this might be Jackie’s best american performance to date. I love his performance in the trailer. He’s clearly not doing a rip off Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi. Jackie is making the character his own, and I like what I see.
Granted, it’s just a trailer so we will see how this goes, but I think Jackie is actually going to come out of this movie with some good talk about him.
Same can be said about Jaden Smith. He was quite good in The Pursuit of Happyness, and I’m kinda diggin him in this trailer too. He’s not trying to be cute in this film, and for an 11-year-old, he’s actually got a surprisingly mature looking role in this flick.
The cinematography looks strong too. I like all the shots with the crowds of martial artist practicing, and the training stuff with Jackie and Jaden looks good too.
Listen, we all agree there is no reason to flat-out remake this movie.
Granted, Hollywood has probably ripped it off enough for them to just finally say “Fuck it, well just remake it now.”
Examples of Karate Kid rip offs?
Sidekicks-Mako taking over the role of Mr. Miyagi in this Chuck Norris guest starring movie.
Never Back Down-New guy gets picked on by arrogant asshole, learns martial arts(MMA for that movie) to defeat asshole in a tournament.
The truth is, I would be more into the idea of this flick if they just called it something else.
Had this been The Kung Fu Kid, or in my opinion a better sounding title would have been The Wushu Kid, I would be a bit more open-minded to it.
Calling it one of those titles means that it acknowledges that it’s a new take on the original, but it will be different enough to maybe stand on its own.
But no, Hollywood fears that audiences need a recognizable name for them to watch a movie.
Heres one more thing before we go….
I remember reading Jackie Chan’s autobiography “I am Jackie Chan: My life in Action” (Yeah, I know, I know, but I was big fan so sue me.)
When Jackie was doing his first press tour, he was doing it for his first American film “Battle Creek Brawl”(1980).
And I remember him saying that whenever an interviewer would ask him how long has he been training in karate he would always correct them, saying what he did was not karate.
I remember him saying he got tired of it very quickly and that he wished America could see the difference.
Well, 29 years later, I guess Jackie’s wishes still haven’t come true and even though at one point they did almost call it The Kung Fu Kid ( read here for proof on that: http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/03/29/jackie-chans-karate-kid-remake-to-be-called-kung-fu-kid/) the studio went right back to The Karate Kid.
So, no, remaking the movie isn’t my problem, it’s that no matter how hard Asians try to be represented in mainstream American media, Hollywood still can’t give us the respect we ask so simply for.