Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Karate Kid

Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.

1984's The Karate Kid was cool in so many different ways:

1) Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi. This actor/comedian launched his career after Happy Days with this movie, didn't he? He was simply awesome. RIP, Mr. Morita. You say, "Wax on, wax off" in a crowded elevator, at least 9 out of 10 people know EXACTLY what you're referencing

2) Ralph Macchio: Hard to believe this dude was 23 when he played Daniel LaRusso. He did an amazing job capturing the bullied underdog. After getting his ass kicked a bunch of times, you just felt sorry for the guy. Even in the end when he wins, you still realize in a real street fight, Johnny would still beat him down

3) Which brings me to Johnny, played by William Zabka...can you imagine a better douche bag of an antagonist? He's the star pupil of the Cobra Kai Dojo, and despite following orders and sweeping Daniel's leg, he in the end hands the trophy over to the victor. There, see? He's not so bad!

4) The soundtrack. Joe Esposito's "You're the Best" is....THE BEST!

Enjoy this funny music video called "Sweep the Leg," by the band No More Kings. It's a hilarious take on William Zabka wanting Johnny to finally gain some respect. If you watch the whole thing, you'll see a FANTASTIC cameo towards the end. Actually, this video is FULL of awesome cameos from beginning to end). Skip to 6:48 if you want to see this amazing reunion.

Oh, and funny tidbit: Ralph Macchio TODAY is the same age as Pat Morita back in 1984!



19 comments:

Heidi Mannan said...

I loved that movie. I haven't seen the new version yet... there is a new version isn't there? Anyway, I loved the 80's. It was a good time for me.

Riann Colton said...

I had such a crush on Ralph Macchio ergo that means I looooooved this movie.

And the video was awesome. The dude on the motorcycle totally reminded me of Raising Arizona.

Nick Wilford said...

It's the second time I've seen this movie mentioned today. Really must get round to watching it!

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Skipped to that point and saw the reunion between Ralph and William. Of course William's outfit may have just scarred me for life...

Cindy said...

I loved that movie. Not sure why they keep trying to re-make it though. Perhaps they could do something different. Like Ralph Macchio could be the master this time.

farawayeyes said...

Still love 'The Karate Kid', that video on the other hand, had some real scary moments.

Brinda said...

I think every girl I knew had a crush on Ralph M.

Good times...

The Desert Rocks said...

I remember watching this with my family and we enjoyed the story. I didn't live at home in the 80's anymore so it was a special treat to watch movies with my parents and siblings.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

The original Karate Kid is the best Karate Kid.

Jamie Dement (LadyJai) said...

no matter how old, or how corny, the movie is, if it's got Mr. Miyagi in it, it's worth watching. I just recently watched The Next Karate Kid (1991) I'd never seen it before. I only watched it because of him. :)

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

Tim Riley blogged about this today over on his blog too.

You guys are in sync.

Melanie Schulz said...

Great movie choice. Classic.

Robin said...

The Karate Kid is a great movie. It was one of my favorites back in the 80s.

I watched your video. Ralph Macchio is still looking much younger than he actually is... good for him!!!

Cynthia said...

The song I think about when I think about The Karate Kid is Peter Cetera's The Glory of Love. It's an oldie, but such a goodie.

Jessica Peterson said...

Wow! He was 23 when he played that role! Did anyone else see him on Dancing with the Stars?

I love things from the 80's although I was just a wee baby at that time, but I'm an 80's music lover for sure. And who can get enough of all the cheesy movies? :)

Have fun with a-z.

Mr. Shife said...

One of my favorite movies from my childhood. Remember exactly when I saw it for the first time.
Get him a body bag.
Have a great weekend Jay.

speedingturtlegetsfit.com said...

One of my favourite sayings comes from this movie - "wax on, wax off" (complete with arm movements!)

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Wax on. Wax off.

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