The Karate Kid

June 11th 2010
  • Action/Drama,
  • PG,
  • 126 min,
  • Sony Pictures
  • Cast: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han, Rongguang Yu, Zhensu Wu, Zhiheng Wang, Zhenwei Wang, Jared Minns, Shijia Lü, Yi Zhao, Bo Zhang, Luke Carberry, Cameron Hillman, Ghye Samuel Brown, Rocky Shi, Ji Wang, Harry Van Gorkum, Tess Liu, Xinhua Guo, Yanyan Wu, Tao Ji, Xu Ming
  • Director: Harald Zwart
  • Writer: Chris Murphy
  • Producers: James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Ken Stovitz, Jerry Weintraub
  • Co Producer: Solon So
  • Executive Producers: Susan Ekins, Sanping Han, Han San Ping, Dany Wolf
  • Art Direction: Second Chan
  • Castings: PoPing AuYeung, Zoe Thompson
  • D.O.P.: Roger Pratt
  • Editor: Joel Negron
  • Makeup: Camille Friend
  • Music: James Horner
  • Production Design: François Séguin


12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Beijing, China
  • MPAA Warning: Bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language
  • Production Budget: $35 million
  • Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, China Film Group, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Overbrook Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: July 2009 - September 2009

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2010 Guide Analysis: "The original 1984 "The Karate Kid" is not a pin-up example of great filmmaking, but it is a shining and still treasured effort of 80's coming of age movies and was very much a product of its time. On the surface, the idea of remaking it is like remaking "The Breakfast Club" or "The Goonies", it may be unknown to a younger generation but to a lot of us older folks it feels like a violation.

The Chinese-setting allows for some more picturesque location work and cross-cultural issues, but not helping is that scribe Michael Soccio is best known for work on "The King of Queens" while director Harald Zwart's main claims to fame are the "Agent Cody Banks" films and "The Pink Panther 2".

Some fears though were laid to rest with a just released trailer which looked better than expected. Despite the basic storyline being similar, the look and feel is different enough from the original that no-one will ever be confused. Smith and Chan seem a better fit than expected, Chan especially looking more relaxed in his acting than he has in a long time."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 10 June 2010: Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea
  • 23 June 2010: Egypt
  • 8 July 2010: Australia
  • 15 July 2010: Argentina
  • 16 July 2010: UK
  • 21 July 2010: Belgium, Sweden
  • 22 July 2010: Germany
  • 12 August 2010: Netherlands
  • 13 August 2010: Finland, Norway
  • 14 August 2010: Japan
  • 20 August 2010: Iceland, Italy
  • 27 August 2010: Brazil, Spain
  • 3 September 2010: Estonia
  • 9 September 2010: Greece
  • 24 September 2010: Poland