The Karate Kid...lets discuss the greatness.

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I still get the chills when Danielsan lands the swan technique kick and wins the tournament.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:01 (fifteen years ago) link

We had to write an essay in high school about the Buddhist symbolism in the movie. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at an assingment.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:05 (fifteen years ago) link

miyagi is all buddha.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:06 (fifteen years ago) link

The shower costume was genius.

Dale the Panopticalist (cprek), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:24 (fifteen years ago) link

The most beautiful face to ever grace the silver screen:

http://www.camineet.net/ps1cast/zabka.jpg

Towelette Pettatucci (Homosexual II), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I also love the part at the karate tournament when Elisabeth Shue's character (Ally I think?) yells "Daniel, you're the best!!" and then UP STARTS 'YOU'RE THE BEST' BY JOE 'BEAN' ESPOSITO!!!

Towelette Pettatucci (Homosexual II), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:43 (fifteen years ago) link

"You're the Best Around (No one's ever gonna bring you down)" I concur is outstanding.
"Cruel Summer" can be heard when Daniel tries to make up with Elizabeth Shue at the amusement park.

One particular detail of ending is very heartwarming to me. William Zabka's apparent redemption as he hands Daniel the trophy.
He says "You're alright Russo."

herbert hebert (herbert hebert), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:50 (fifteen years ago) link

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Towelette Pettatucci (Homosexual II), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:51 (fifteen years ago) link

wah? um okay I just posted but its not SHOWIN' UP

Towelette Pettatucci (Homosexual II), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:53 (fifteen years ago) link

I was going to say that in the part when danielsan grabs ally and smooches her on their date - I remember when I was a teenager my sister and I decided that he must be a GREAT KISSER by that scene.

Towelette Pettatucci (Homosexual II), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:54 (fifteen years ago) link

my idea for a video for NSync's "Girlfriend" involved the members decked out in the skeleton costumes worn by Johnny and his Cobra gang at the dance.
Justin and co. would dance and fight in a metal fence enclosed outdoor basketball court.

herbert hebert (herbert hebert), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 12:57 (fifteen years ago) link

JC and co., damn you ;-).

Discussing the greatness, hmm. For me, it all goes back to my replica Daniel-san bandanna and K Kid action figure. Ph34r me now!

B.A.R.M.S. (Barima), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:02 (fifteen years ago) link

THERE WAS AN ACTION FIGURE?!?!?

Leon Czolgosz (Nicole), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Now I want a William Zabka action figure...

Leon Czolgosz (Nicole), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Man, I managed not to lose it for at least 7 years.

Also, the self-belief/music montage moments are beaten only by Optimus robothandling the Decepticons and Megatron to the sound of 'You Got The Touch' in the TF Movie.

B.A.R.M.S. (Barima), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:04 (fifteen years ago) link

The best article about the 80s ever written

http://www.whatever-dude.com/posts/123.shtml

Carey (Carey), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I also noticed last night after Danielsan gets thrown off his bike and goes into his "I hate this bike, stupid bike, I hate this bike" and throws it into the dumpster scene. The next day Alli asks him about his runaway zit and he mentions something about his bike. She asks him what kind of bike it is and he says "A Miy-ah-gee 3000". He doesn't even know Miyagi at this point. Is that some kind of Lorusso foreshadowing? He comes home and finds his bike all fixed.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Is there anything Miyagi couldn't do?

B.A.R.M.S. (Barima), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I mean he even has magical healing powers!

Towelette Pettatucci (Homosexual II), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:44 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.moviestar-photos.com/graphics/252/252033.jpg

Ralph was my second celebrity crush (the first being Danny P. from Who's the Boss). The muscle T shirts, the bandanas, the sweat, ay ay ay...

Sarah McLusky (coco), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Johnny the platinum blonde Cobra-Kai duder : Daniel-san :: Drako Malfoy : Harry Potter

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:47 (fifteen years ago) link

ALWAYS LOOKAH EYE

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 13:48 (fifteen years ago) link

hey danielsan come put your bug around miyagi's pie.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 14:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Ali, with an "i."

shookout (shookout), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 14:42 (fifteen years ago) link

daniel with an L

miyagi, Wednesday, 8 September 2004 14:45 (fifteen years ago) link

When this movie came out, the feelings I had about middle school frustrations in my life were such that I just wanted Macchio to go postal. (Then again I was increasingly desperate to get back to California, Aryan karate Nazis or not.)

One of the most disturbing things Morita did shortly after KK came out was appear in Night Patrol, the world's worst attempt at a Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker film knockoff ever, as a pre-teen female rape victim (this was done by having him just appear as himself, but with a dubbed-in squeaky voice...and this was meant to be a COMEDY).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 14:46 (fifteen years ago) link

For some reason I just remember Elisabeth Shue having a lot of ass in this movie.

Allyzay Science Explosion (allyzay), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:00 (fifteen years ago) link

One of the most disturbing things Morita did shortly after KK came out was appear in Night Patrol, the world's worst attempt at a Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker film knockoff ever, as a pre-teen female rape victim (this was done by having him just appear as himself, but with a dubbed-in squeaky voice...and this was meant to be a COMEDY).

That's very creepy, I've never heard of that movie.

Leon Czolgosz (Nicole), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Didn't Ralph Macchio also have some illness which meant he would forever look about 14? Or did I dream it?

Also - Cruel Summer is not at the date place - it's on Daniel's first day at his new school as it's daytime and the sun is shining (DYS!)

Favourite bit - Must focus danielsen. Best karate still inside. I still use this as a motivational line. I do not motivate many people, but it makes me feel good.

Dave B (daveb), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:06 (fifteen years ago) link

When not creepy it's just terribly terribly stupid beyond description. It's a bad film without the slightest joy, but I do remember it getting at least a few commercials on TV when it came out. Yugh. Its main selling point as such was the revelation of the identity of the Unknown Comic, that feeb who always wore a paper bag over his head while telling his crap jokes. Logically he was the lead character.

The IMDB entry

A 'celebration' of sorts

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:07 (fifteen years ago) link

'You're the best...around.'

y, Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:24 (fifteen years ago) link

'yeeeah, johnny--get him a body bag!'

mookieproof (mookieproof), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:25 (fifteen years ago) link

THATS THE NOSTRILS GUY I WAS TALKING ABOUT. I HATE THAT FUCKER.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:30 (fifteen years ago) link

"your a sly son of a bitch...but I like that...I like that!"

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:33 (fifteen years ago) link

This movie inspired a wee me to take judo classes. I kicked and flipped the shit out of everyone in my class. They were all guys. I was the only girl. I gave them the fear big time. Man, I was bad ass.

Je4nne ƒury (Jeanne Fury), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:38 (fifteen years ago) link

please tell me it was at Cobra Kai dojo.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Ralph Maccio lives around the corner from my grandma. He doesn't really look so hot now, but OTOH I never thought he was hot. He just looked like all the dudes in the neighborhood. He basically still looks like how he did in My Cousin Vinny.

I never am able to fully enjoy that crane move because, I mean, how did he do it? First off, it's virtually a physically impossible move to begin with (don't tell me you all haven't tried it, whether as a kid or drunk, two weeks ago, at a party. You know you have). Secondly, his leg is like BROKEN or something, I mean he's limping back all over the place and totally hobbling on his way back to the fight and obviously can't put pressure on that leg. So suddenly he can land on it with the FULL FORCE OF HIS BODY and kick another person in the face? How does it work!!!

Allyzay Science Explosion (allyzay), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:48 (fifteen years ago) link

I tried that Crane shit at a party years ago all wasted and tore my knee to shreds, so Ally(i) is right.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:49 (fifteen years ago) link

It works because Miyagi applied a special "father teach" penis rub to Danielsan in the locker room before he fought.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:50 (fifteen years ago) link

And plus the crane move is a tell -- you're basically telling the other person way ahead of time how you're going to attack them, so they should be able to figure out how to fight back (if this was real karate).

Leon Czolgosz (Nicole), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I always wondered that too, how the other guy didn't seem to see "kick in the face" coming from that pose Daniel was taking.

Allyzay Science Explosion (allyzay), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link

i love the movie and all but what wouldn't it have been great if during the final fight a bunch of ninja's from okinawa swooped in from the gym roof and slaughter everyone as some sort of ninja revenge and prelude to part II for miyagi slipping it to Sato's girlfriend.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Johnny probably thought "what the fuck is this gay shit?"

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link

mookieproof stole my line.. that line is a tie for best line ever - up there with ITS GAME OVER, MAN from aliens.

more karate kid greatness: when daniel wins the tournament elisabeth shue comes out for the loving embrace and just fucking towers over tiny ass ralph maccio.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Nothing makes me laugh more than a completely bombed Miyagi though. "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Allyzay OTM. Miyagi needed a better finishing move to teach Danielsan. He should have consulted the WWF.

Je4nne ƒury (Jeanne Fury), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link

I would've liked to have seen the Kobra Kai get served with the Achy Breaky.

Allyzay Science Explosion (allyzay), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 15:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Seriously, I watched this a few weeks ago.. and the last scene with the fucking dumb crane move got me so jazzed I couldn't believe it.

Towelette Pettatucci (Homosexual II), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 16:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Crank up the Zamfir master of the pan flute.
http://www.fast-rewind.com/kkid/beach4.jpg

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 16:04 (fifteen years ago) link

OMG what about PART TWO with Daniel-san in OKINAWA and learning a finishing move from a TOY DRUM!?! You really cannot beat scripts like these.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 8 September 2004 16:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Just saw the trailer for the new KK movie, starring Will Smith Jr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy3TwgpOfr0

Wow, it looks dumb. But, for consistency's sake, I will say this - from neither Reseda, or Beijing, can they get to where they do their "picturesque" training sequence without the use of a car.

In the original, you're driving at least 30 min to get to Malibu, and, depending on where in Beijing you are, you're driving at least an hour to an hour and a half to get to the section of the Great Wall where they filmed the training (looks like Badaling, which is where every tourist goes, so it would never be as empty as it is in the trailer).

Clerk all KNOWIN (B.L.A.M.), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 21:23 (nine years ago) link

I recently caught the end of Karate Kid II on tv and was blown away by the 5-minute long seen where the girl he wants to boing serves him tea/miso in a very ritualistic fashion, which he mimics in turn, before climaxing in a kiss so passionate that it instantly triggers a typhoon.

Quiet, I'm making my Youtube Star Wars Review (Z S), Thursday, 24 December 2009 01:57 (nine years ago) link

SCENE

Quiet, I'm making my Youtube Star Wars Review (Z S), Thursday, 24 December 2009 01:57 (nine years ago) link

iirc the stoltz gay kiss comes immediately before this

http://i47.tinypic.com/m8g41v.jpg

Quiet, I'm making my Youtube Star Wars Review (Z S), Thursday, 24 December 2009 02:13 (nine years ago) link

I wonder if you can pull "the karate kid" kick off in a real tournament without getting your ass kicked in the parking lot later

Quiet, I'm making my Youtube Star Wars Review (Z S), Thursday, 24 December 2009 02:14 (nine years ago) link

wait so jackie chan is teaching him karate in china?

Nhex, Thursday, 24 December 2009 02:57 (nine years ago) link

There is a minor bit of controversy around that, since last year Jackie said that it would be retitled The Kung Fu Kid, which Will Smith later refuted.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Thursday, 24 December 2009 11:49 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

They could use the Bat For Lashes song "Daniel" on the soundtrack, since the name is a reference to the Daniel character in the original Karate Kid.

I was trying to keep it a secret but I got my friend to paint Daniel Laruso from the film The Karate Kid on my back for the single front cover. I have had a crush on him for years and it's one of my all time favourite childhood films. So I think the name definitely came from that reference however the concept on the song is a little bit more secret.

http://www.mtv.co.uk/artists/bat-for-lashes/news/108611-bat-for-lashes-interview

o. nate, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:00 (nine years ago) link

wait so jackie chan is teaching him karate in china?

what a disaster for karate

Brad C., Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:03 (nine years ago) link

seeing a little too much of jayden's pinkett-smith there

da croupier, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:11 (nine years ago) link

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:u7IkigYNi2ETVM:http://www.blogcdn.com/www.cinematical.com/media/2007/05/retrokarate4.jpg

can't help but wonder how Jayden will stack up against Academy-Award-Winning horseface

Wrinkles, I'll see you on the other side (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:13 (nine years ago) link

It seems like such a teen movie, I don't see how casting an 11 yr old is going to work.

ô_o (Nicole), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:17 (nine years ago) link

THE MAGIC OF SCIENTOLOGY

Wrinkles, I'll see you on the other side (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:18 (nine years ago) link

this kid was so unbearable in that wretched Day The Earth Stood Still movie

nitzer ENBB (latebloomer), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 22:16 (nine years ago) link

honestly one of the worst child actor performances i've ever seen.

nitzer ENBB (latebloomer), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 22:17 (nine years ago) link

^^^sounds like a poll

Wrinkles, I'll see you on the other side (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 22:19 (nine years ago) link

It's so sad that Will Smith is so poor he has to force his child into working so early in life.

A Memorable Fancy (Abbott), Thursday, 25 February 2010 20:26 (nine years ago) link

kids that don't work build up an unhealthy concentration of body thetans dontchaknow

dead clown handjob (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 25 February 2010 20:31 (nine years ago) link

I never saw that him in anything else, but I thought the kid was decent in The Pursuit of Happyness.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 25 February 2010 22:47 (nine years ago) link

you saw the Pursuit of Happyness

dead clown handjob (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 25 February 2010 22:48 (nine years ago) link

the pursuit of peepeeness

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 25 February 2010 23:01 (nine years ago) link

I did see it. I was told by several people I really trust that it was a "surprisingly good movie". I wouldn't go that far, but I didn't completely hate it.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 25 February 2010 23:06 (nine years ago) link

I liked the performances in Happyness, mostly because it was a (will smith) movie and not a WILL SMITH movie.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 25 February 2010 23:14 (nine years ago) link

too bad it wasn't a FRESH PRINCE movie

dead clown handjob (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 25 February 2010 23:15 (nine years ago) link

midway through the movie Chris Tucker will show up in a OMG RUSH HOUR 4 TIE-IN SHOCKER...

Ballistic, Thursday, 25 February 2010 23:43 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

just caught a montage of the final contest battles, and forgot how much i fucking loved this film. particularly the korean looking guy when he ducks under the other kid. and when he fights the fat man lol.

bracken free ditch (Ste), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:44 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

that ending fucking tears me up EVERY TIME

Guru Meditation (Ste), Sunday, 11 July 2010 17:45 (nine years ago) link

Best thing about the remake by far: evil Chinese kid. Badass.

Simon H., Sunday, 11 July 2010 18:42 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/08/03/karate_kid_lost_footage_a_close_look_at_deleted_scenes_ralph_macchio_s_audition_tape_and_more_.html

The following is a public service announcement for die-hard fans of The Karate Kid. In 2005, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released a perfectly respectable Special Edition DVD of the movie, which included a commentary track as well as several featurettes. But nothing on the DVD compares to the trove of archival footage that director John Avildsen has posted on his YouTube channel. Nestled among home videos of Avildsen’s vacations and birthday parties are a series of clips that, when watched in sequence, comprise a shadow version of The Karate Kid, one that will change the way you think about the movie—even if, like me, you’ve already thought about it a lot.

What Avildsen has posted, in 13 ten-minute segments, is the rehearsal that he and his actors conducted before principal photography began. The footage is grainy and wobbly. Much of it is shot on location, but several scenes unfold on a sparsely appointed soundstage, with the actors pretending to turn on an invisible leaky faucet or drink an invisible glass of pungent Okinawan tea. Some of the scenes closely resemble their counterparts in the finished film, but others remain rough, with Avildsen and his team still working out how to frame the action. We see alternate approaches to scenes we know and love from the finished product. We also hear Avildsen discussing the challenges each scene presents, offering suggestions to the actors and discussing camera set-ups with his crew. Perhaps most exciting of all, we see the actors rehearsing scenes that did not make it into the movie, and several of these provide insight into plot holes that have long frustrated students of the movie. (Among the questions addressed by the footage: How did Daniel’s mother end up working at a restaurant, not at a computer start-up? And how did Daniel prevail over Dutch in the early stages of the All-Valley Under-18 Karate Tournament?)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 3 August 2012 17:20 (seven years ago) link

five years pass...

Here’s how YouTube Red describes the series:

“Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate.”

conrad, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 08:15 (two years ago) link

it's for real

he Karate Kid rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence is alive and well — and will now feature a new generation.

Hours after The Hollywood Reporter exclusively broke news of YouTube Red's 10-episode Karate Kid straight-to-series sequel Cobra Kai, stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel) and William Zabka (Johnny) met the press after making a surprise appearance Friday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.

The actors, who have remained friends in the 30 years since The Karate Kid became a pop culture staple, briefly appeared onstage in a faux pre-fight press conference face-off and spoke with reporters, including THR, at the conclusion of YouTube's time in front of press.

Macchio revealed that the concept for the series — which picks up 30 years after Daniel topped Johnny in the All Valley Karate Tournament to find both running rival dojos — is relevant today and speaks to a new generation. He gave credit to concept writers Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) as well as duo Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) delivered in their initial pitch for Cobra Kai.

"What made me say yes after all these years — and I've been very protective of the franchise and where Daniel LaRusso sits in the world 30 years later — these guys, Josh, Hayden and Jon had such a smart and fresh angle in. It was relevant today yet had all the pop culture — they had the perfect marriage and angle in bringing it from the Johnny Lawrence [point of view]," he said. "It's not unlike how Creed was a film that was about Apollo Creed's son but you had Rocky Balboa in it in a certain way. [Cobra Kai] is not the first time anyone looks at a fresh angle from the villain's point of view, but it was just smart to go that way and to cover these dual lives and do a rivalry series in a smart and funny way, and on top of that infuse the high school world — which is a big part of the show as well — for the new generation."

Cobra Kai, which will debut in 2018, will explore Daniel as a father who is drawn back to the dojo when Johnny reopens Cobra Kai.

"Johnny befriends one [of Daniel's kids], and that is how it connects that world into our own rivalry world," Macchio said. "There's a tremendous amount of heart and kick-ass action sequences and martial arts, but the inherent humor comes from the fact that these are two guys who are in their 50s and still have an ax to grind. It goes back to those places where you just can't let go and you're still a teenager at heart and yet balancing your adult life — it's like the rise of the Cobra Kai. It's the worst nightmare for someone like Daniel LaRusso."

The actor — who has had multiple offers to step back into the dojo as Daniel over the years — said the absence of mentor Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) will be central to the show, which has both comedic and dramatic moments.

"In the early stages of us pitching to the networks, it was really important to me to have that element and that void that's in Daniel's life right now," he said of the series, which landed at subscription service YouTube Red after a multiple-network bidding war that included Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and others. "He used to train his oldest daughter when she was a kid, but now she's at the age where it's not as cool to hang out with dad. So there's a real void in his life when he doesn't have that. Mr. Miyagi is the human Yoda to young Luke Skywalker. So as an adult and a parent — my kids are in their 20s now — I would love to have had Mr. Miyagi's wisdom many times in raising my own kids. There's a piece of that void in his life that is going to resonate on the dramatic side of the show and where martial arts, [which] was such a piece of his adolescence and young adulthood, is now brought back by the nemesis raising the banner on the Cobra Kai. And now Daniel can't sit and let that happen."

To hear Zabka and Macchio tell it, both actors had trepidation about stepping back into the roles that defined their careers at a young age. But both commended the script, timing of the project and its straight-to-series model on YouTube Red, which will allow a new generation to experience the magic of The Karate Kid.

"It was not easy to get me to do it. I've been asked and pitched many times over the years. This was a smart and fresh angle, and I believe things happen at a certain time for a certain reason, and this was just the right time," Macchio said. "If this was a broadcast television pilot and then wait and see? This is the way to do it. Audiences now gravitate to this type of platform for entertainment. It was timing and the angle that these guys had with the story."

The formal Cobra Kai announcement drew top brass from producers Sony Pictures Television Studios, including new presidents Jeff Frost and Jason Clodfelter as well as Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra. Cobra Kai is the first sale from the independent studio to YouTube Red. The digital platform's head of originals, Susanne Daniels, also noted that she knew Cobra Kai was something she wanted as the platform looks to age up its scripted originals from 18-34 to the more advertiser-coveted 18-49. The concept of the show, she noted, will appeal to both adults and a new generation, with Macchio and Zabka revealing that Cobra Kai would explore how Daniel and Johnny changed over the years as well as the new challenges they face.

"He's become very successful and maybe has lost a little bit of touch — he needs to have flaws, and he had flaws as a kid and he will have them as an adult. His heart is always in the right place," Macchio said. "As I've done at 50-something years old, there comes a time where part of your life creates some challenges: raising teenagers, trying to handle your successful business and having your nemesis come back 30 years later [that] keep you up at night just because of the importance of carrying on the Miyagi legacy. Then how Daniel's wife will embrace or not embrace this new chapter of him now going back to the dojo. I'm looking forward to that evolution."

Added Zabka: "They've gone on with their lives, but that rivalry is always still there. It's like a football game you lost in high school but the whole world saw it. It's always there: 'If only I just did this…'"

Zabka also noted that Cobra Kai — titled because it is less Daniel's story and more about both he and Johnny — would explore Johnny's backstory as well.

"Through this show, you get to see who he was and where he came from. I never saw Johnny as a bad guy; I always saw him as the antagonist but at his core, he had a good heart," Zabka told THR. "At the beginning of the first movie, he said he had one year to make it all work and that's what he wanted to do. He was an ex-degenerate. Then LaRusso comes in town and turns his world upside down. At the very end, he hands him a trophy and says, 'You're all right, LaRusso.' He has a good heart and they tap into that in the show. You're going to empathize with him. He's still tough and rough around the edges, but it's a really smart and fun take on it and I think it'll be really entertaining."

All told, Zabka summed up what it feels like to reunite with Macchio on Cobra Kai: "It's like getting reacquainted with an old friend. We have our peace to make between the two of us."

frankfurters take on new glamour in this gleaming aspic (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:05 (two years ago) link

last chance cash grab

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:07 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

So like a season and a half into Cobra Kai I can say it's both fan service city and way, way better than it has any right to be. Macchio is kinda the weak link, but Zabka is surprisingly good and kinda legit hilarious at times, and most of the kids are really great. I thoroughly expect to see Xolo Maridueña become a big star down the road (please note that I have only previously made such a bold proclamation about Donald Glover and Kate McKinnon early in their respective careers so I clearly have an eye for talent for which Hollywood should be paying me handsomely).

there is a Cobra Kai show?

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:29 (four months ago) link

Just renewed for a third season, even! It's on YouTube Red, though (their streaming service, which features one original program as far as I can tell). Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the movie, and I think I'd mildly recommend it even if you weren't.

Xolo Maridueña aka the boy in 1956 in twin peaks the return part 8!

I saw the first couple of eps of this - cute but not high on my list of things to come back to

milkshake chuk (wins), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:29 (four months ago) link

Wow, did not even realize he was the kid in The Return!

The show is heavily reliant on reference to the films in the early episodes and the first season in general, but it's starting to find its own voice in the second season. I figured they'd be working around Zabka's limitations to an excessive degree but he's really been bringing it. They've even hit some legitimately affecting emotional beats (although I'm old and well up at the violin-scored drop of a hat so my perspective may be suspect).

Yeah Cobra Kai is pretty great & has a good sense of humor -def worth checking out

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 15:16 (four months ago) link


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