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THE KARATE KID 2 (1986) ** ½

In this immediate sequel, Daniel-san and Miyagi go to Japan. Anytime a sequel goes to Japan, it’s never a good sign. Just watch Goldmember, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, or You Only Live Twice if you don’t believe me. They go to visit Miyagi’s dying father and get into a blood feud with his old nemesis Sato. Meanwhile, Daniel falls for a local girl and fights Sato’s mean ass nephew, Cho-Sen. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita’s chemistry can only carry this thing so far, since it’s basically the same movie as the first one, but with a different setting. Daniel this time uses the “Drum” technique to win the fight, (or at least I think he does, because the camera is so damn close on Daniel, it just looks like he’s beating the shit out of him). The main problem is that the movie thinks it can pass off Japanese culture in lieu of an interesting story. Also, the “to the death” fight finale is a cop out and the ridiculous typhoon deus ex machina is a little hard to swallow too. The opening of the film in which Kreese tries to beat up Miyagi was actually the scrapped ending of the first movie and was tacked on. Featuring the amazingly annoying Oscar nominated song, The Glory of Love by Peter Cetera.
Tags: action, k, karate kid series, kung fu
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