The Karate Kid II

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Released 1986

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Director:
John G. Avildsen
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG

The Karate Kid II is an adventure drama film directed by John G. Avildsen that continues the lessons and teachings learned by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) as he works with Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). Starting up almost immediately after The Karate Kid, Daniel has been living with Mr. Miyagi since his mother moved for work, a situation that suits Danielâ��s karate lessons. Their relatively quiet lives are thrown up in the air when Mr. Miyagi receives news of his fatherâ��s impending death in Okinawa, a place Miyagi hasnâ��t been to since he fled a feud with his fatherâ��s student and his best friend, Sato (Danny Kamekona). Though welcomed back by his childhood sweetheart and her niece, Miyagi and Daniel learn that Sato has essentially bought and impoverished the entire village with his industrialist ways, destroying most of the traditions and livelihood of the residents. Unfortunately, when Daniel inadvertently starts a feud with Satoâ��s nephew, Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), it seems that history is doomed to repeat itself.

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  • 63

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    There are scattered pleasures throughout the film due to its two lead performances, which are the equal of the work done in the original. It's just that with a few exceptions, the ...

  • 50

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Although 18 minutes shorter than the 126-minute original, this picture drags unashamedly, and its conflicts are repeated so predictably that the action becomes a kind of water tort...

  • 38

    Miami Herald

    Kid II is not comparable to its predecessor. It is stale and boring. [20 June 1986, p.D1]

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Drama, Sports

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Family Dramas, Teen