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The Karate Kid (1984)

Director: John G. Avildsen Run Time: 126 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG Release Year: 1984

Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

The secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands.

Wax on, wax off. After moving from New Jersey to Southern California, young Italian-American kid Daniel Larusso realizes he doesn’t quite fit into the blonde-hair/surfer mold. But it’s when he falls for the popular girl, Ali Mills, and she falls back, that the resulting bullying sends him into the karate training hands of Mister Miyagi. As Miyagi trains his young apprentice he reveals more than just skills to fend off his attackers, he teaches Larusso valuable life lessons such as patience, balance, believing in one’s self and what true friendship means. A classic coming of age tale for the 80s, The Karate Kid shows that some things are worth smartly fighting for.