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!