The Karate Kid, Part II

  • Review Date: September 29, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1986
  • Running Time: 113 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Excessive violence mars so-so sequel.
  • Review Date: September 29, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1986
  • Running Time: 113 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gambling (on the outcome of a martial-arts stunt). Despite lip service to non-violence, the action shows fighting as the ultimate solution to problems.

Violence

Severe karate beatings and retribution.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that martial-arts violence and revenge contend with worthy themes of mercy, forgiveness and Japanese culture. Despite lip service to non-violence, the action shows fighting as the ultimate solution to problems, so kids will see lots of threatening behavior, severe karate beatings, and retribution.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

High-schooler Danny (Ralph Macchio), a California karate champ thanks to the guidance of handyman Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), accompanies his mentor back to Okinawa, Japan. Miyagi has been away for 40 years because of a rivalry with former friend Sato, now a mafioso-style businessman. After more than half a lifetime, Sato still demands a lethal karate showdown with the unresponsive Miyagi. Sato sends bully nephew Chozen to torment Danny and Danny's instant Japanese girlfriend Kumiko. Finally Miyagi agrees to the duel. When a monsoon strikes, Miyagi ends up using karate skills to save Sato's life instead. The old timers forgive each other, but a hate-crazed Chozen forces Danny into a death match in front of the entire village. Using his lessons from Miyagi, Danny prevails, and spares his opponent's life.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In this inevitable sequel to the superior The Karate Kid, martial-arts violence and revenge contend with worthy themes of mercy, forgiveness and Japanese culture. It preserves the cross-cultural friendship between the leads, but goes overboard with subplots of vengeance and street fights. When the movie focuses on Danny and Kumiko, it achieves touching, even poetic, moments.

 

At regular intervals the bestial bad guys loom into sight, drooling over "honor" and their anticipated grudge fights with the two heroes. The action finale especially appeals to audience blood thirst, all the more so for Rocky director John Avildsen's skill with arena mayhem. The ever-serene Miyagi serves as a noble mouthpiece for messages of martial-arts wisdom, mercy and forgiveness. Most kids will see through the plot devices, still, Morita and Macchio, single-fistedly, make their onscreen friendship warm and watchable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why a movie that espouses non-violent solutions is so violent. How does the film maker justify the violent reactions of "good guy" characters? Can you think of other solutions to the predicaments the filmmaker created in order to "force" his characters into violent confrontations?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 19, 1986
DVD release date:July 10, 2001
Cast:Martin Kove, Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio
Director:John G. Avildsen
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:113 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Kid, 10 years old March 29, 2011
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12
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Good movie eh

very great but Martin Kove looks just like my dad.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Parent Written byConcernedParent916 August 19, 2013
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11
QUALITY
 

Should Have Been Rated "PG-12," Not PG

The film is more violent than the original. The violence is excessive for a PG film, especially in two scenes. First, when Chozen and his friends tear apart Miyagi's property, Chozen attacks Daniel with a pitchfork, apparently intending to kill him. Second, toward the end, Chozen holds a switchblade to Kumiko's throat. He fights Daniel "to the death" in a bloody match, punching Kumiko in the process. *** Also, as stated by Donna Gustafson on the "Parent Previews" site, "... Violent depictions include belittling, bullying, taunting, death threats, car jacking, kicks to the abdomen and groin, punches, throws, choking and brandishing a weapon. These hand-to-hand conflicts lead to a woman being hit, bloody fists cut from smashing glass, and facial wounds. Property is vandalized as a form of blackmail. ... The demonstration of a defensive karate move almost results in impaling." *** The Motion Picture Association of America site says that "There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence." Although not "extreme or persistent," the violence is certainly realistic. Therefore, this movie almost should have been rated PG-13. Let's call it "PG-12." That would be consistent with Finland, Norway, West Germany, Iceland (video), South Korea, the Netherlands, and Portugal, which per IMDb all classified the movie as appropriate only for children at least 12 years old.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 13 year old Written bycolten97 October 10, 2012
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6
QUALITY
 

Kumiko and Daniel

As a huge fan of the Karate Kid trilogy, you'll have to excuse if I sound sentimental. I believe in my heart that in that parallel universe where our favorite characters from film still live, that Kumiko and Daniel would be together today. Either Daniel would have gone to Okinawa to be with Kumiko or Kumiko would have come to the States to be with Daniel. Of course, we learn in Karate Kid Part III that Kumiko decided not to go with Daniel back to California. But in my mind, this is insignificant and has no negative implication for their future. Sure, they both would have had relationships with other people. But having been through what they experienced together, they would not soon forget the bond between them. You wouldn't forget someone that saved your life? Compared to Ali from Part I and Jessica from Part III, it is more than apparent that Kumiko was the love of Daniel's life. Whether it be two years or ten years after the end of Part III, Kumiko and Daniel would have eventually reconnected and continued to live their lives together. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go crush a beer can on my forehead to reconnect with my masculine side.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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