Summary of Movie
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita and Elisabeth Shue. It is an underdog story in the mold of a previous success, Avildsen's 1976 film Rocky. It was a commercial success upon release, and garnered favorable critical acclaim, earning Pat Morita an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The film spawned a franchise of related items and memorabilia such as action figures, head bands, posters, T-shirts and a video game. A short-lived animated series spin-off aired on NBC in 1989. The film had three sequels, and it launched the career of Macchio, who would turn into a teen idol featured on the covers of magazines such as Tiger Beat. It revitalized the acting career of Morita, previously known mostly for his comedic role as Arnold on Happy Days, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as Mr. Miyagi. Morita reprised his role in three subsequent sequels.
|#||Name of Film||Release Date||MAD Parodies/Pop-Culture References|
|1||The Karate Kid||June 22, 1984||1 Parody. The referee of the Chicken Fight is possibly a grownup version of Ralph Macchio in Are You Karate Kidding Me?|
|2||The Karate Kid, Part II||June 20, 1986||None|
|3||The Karate Kid, Part III||June 30, 1989||None|
|4||The Next Karate Kid||August 12, 1994||None|
|5||The Karate Kid (2010 film)||June 11, 2010||1 Parody. The movie got spoofed as Are You Karate Kidding Me?|