Mar 30 2009'Karate Kid' Remake Only Conceptually Insulting?


That Karate Kid remake, which was to star nepotism incarnate, Jaden Smith, just got ever so slightly less enraging. Jackie Chan, the film's new Mr. Miyagi, says there's talk of a name change that would more accurately represent Chan's skills and ancestry, plus set it up for a live-action/CGI Kung Fu Panda cross-over:

"They don't want to call it Karate Kid any more," Chan said. "They want to call it The Kung Fu Kid."

That's a step in the right direction. Now could something be done about how the concept of The Karate Kid is being reintroduced as The Kung Fu Kid, with Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and the director of Agent Cody Banks and The Pink Panther 2? Because, even after having my petty anger over the name soothed, I still have to say this sounds like a terrible movie.

Jackie Chan's Karate Kid Remake to be Called Kung Fu Kid [FirstShowing]

Reader Comments

How about "Karate Panda".

As far as it sounding like a "terrible movie" I don't think twenty somethings obsessed with transformers and the Dark Knight are the demographic for a movie staring a 12- year old. Then again it's easy to beat up kids.

He wasn't Mr. Miyagi in the last one?

Well now it's more of a crappy made for 14 year olds movie that is loosely based on the original Karate Kid in that it has martial arts and a child actor. I think after about a month in theaters it will go to dvd without anyone noticing too much. Then in about a year we can look forward to someone else taking a stab at Karate Kid resulting in a terrible action drama that will also quickly go to dvd.

chris tucker is the kung fu kid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boycott Jaden Smith!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr.Miyagi was Japanese=karate? Jackie Chan is Chinese=Kung fu? Don't know,but in many cases the original version is the best!

12 is way too young. Ralph Macchio was like 27 in The Karate Kid.

Don't put a turd in my hand and tell me its a candy bar. They're probably changing the title because all the bad buzz around the film. Karate Kid is an iconic movie... Cobra Kai, skeleton costumes, Banzai tree logo, "Sweep the leg!", and great performances by Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, and Martin Kove. I'm boycotting this remake.

i don't care about this movie but thank you for reminding me of the song The Hap-Ki-Do Kid by City Boy


Its like rebooting Last Dragon. More dumb ideas from Hollywood. Be original losers

I like the choice of picture. It's like Jackie Chan can't understand why he's doing this movie or what the hell happened to his career.

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