Episode 16: The Karate Kid Part II (1986) - Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
12:30PM Jan 19, 2023
Welcome to Just curious media. This is let's talk movies. And I'm Jason Connell, on the show. Today I'm talking about the 1986 movie, The Karate Kid, Part Two. I hinted at this last week when I put out the Karate Kid, the original 1984 Classic, when we did our scene by scene breakdown. Now, of course, that was way back when the first thing we ever recorded for just curious media. So it was very proud to share that. And this is part two, it's not as strong as the Karate Kid, but it's very good, has a lot of heart, some super touching scenes, Mr. Miyagi and Daniel son, and it's also not trying to recreate the first movie, which I really appreciate they go to Okinawa, so it's a different tale. So many times sequels are just a watered down version of the original. And this is not that now, credit card, part three. It's nowhere near as strong as part two. However, I am going to release it as well. Because if you're a fan of Cobra Kai, you need to see all three, they pull things out of all of them. And when I started, let's talk Cobra Kai. I hadn't seen the credit card part three in so long. And I was like, no, no, no, I just watched the first two and you're good to go. And then I got into some scenes where they're calling in characters from the third movie, and I thought, Oh, I got to see this. So it's worth your time. But we'll we'll do that next week. For right here. And now. We're focusing on the sequel. Now this particular recording was the first recording just curious media did post pandemic. So Sal Rodriguez, my co host and I were not in studio. We went to this remote recording. And we recorded locally, but we could see each other virtually and, and we have not seen each other but in studio sense, which is crazy, but we talk all the time. And this recording happened on April 11th 2020. And it also sparked let's talk movies. This podcast. We're kind of on a hiatus. But let's talk Cobra Kai, because we fulfilled in season one, season two, we did the credit kid and then I did karate kid part two. And then we were just waiting for season three of Cobra Kai to come out. However, due to Netflix getting involved and making the show a mega hit, we started doing special episodes. And we've done so many of those weekly show now even when there's not a new episode to dissect. But that said, let's talk movies was born. And I'm super excited to bring these older episodes from let's talk Cobra Kai over to this platform and share them there. Now the first episode of Let's Talk movies dropped on April 20 2020. So just nine days after we recorded the credit card part two. So that's really cool. I'm just glad that could happen. I didn't want to sit around and do nothing. It was fun to launch this new show. And now this show is evolving. And there's a lot more things to come there's more interviews there's going to be more reviews there's going to be more scene by scene breakdowns of classic movies. But yeah, for here now I hope you guys enjoy this. Again, you're going to hear me reference in the movie if you listen last week. I call Daniel Russo's apartment the seven seas apartment it's actually the South Seas apartment. By the third movie I got it right but I had just pulled a Mandela Effect is Sal likes to say and remembered it in a different way. I've actually been to the South Seas, but it was an older Eurythmics song sweet dreams are made of this to snuck in my head and my crawl. And I like to call it the seven seas for a little while. I also didn't make any edits to the scene by scene breakdown, I left the original intro and outro. You know, it just kind of timestamps things we've evolved. And it's kind of fun just to let it breathe and let it play as it was. Beyond that, I have to say, anyone enjoying this viewing this on YouTube Live, you're going to have to download the audio podcast version to hear it in its entirety. It's worth your time, please do so. So without further ado, please enjoy the Karate Kid part two. Welcome to Just curious media. This is let's talk Cobra Kai. I'm Jason Connell.
And I'm Sal Rodriguez.
All right, Sal. Here we are. The Karate Kid. Part Two special edition.
I never thought we'd make it this far.
I know right?
I mean, considering what's going on. I mean, we're not even in the same location. This is a first.
This is a first this is the first time that you and I have not been side by side at the studio because we are practicing social distance. Seen, and we're trying this virtually. And we'll see how it goes.
Yeah. And now I know why we're so into the 80s. Because the 2020s suck.
Especially March. March had like 90 days in it, it felt like but hey, nothing like karate kid to lift your spirits, I should say,
Yeah, big time. Excited to be here. It's been too long. Let's rock and roll. All right.
So what I've read, Sal is that there was debate over to make the sequel about the revenge of Cobra Kai, or Mr. Miyagi story and travelled back to his home country. Obviously, the latter one out. And I think it was a wise decision. We're not rushing back into Cobra Kai territory, although I would have loved that. I think it was a really nice way to take this to the next level. And get to know Mr. Miyagi, his backstory. And I think you probably agree.
Yeah, I definitely agree. Because I don't think that you know, crees God love him. God loves them. He's not the primary stars. The primary stars are Danielson and Mr. Miyagi. So I wanted to go along with them a little more, before I go back around to the high jinks of crease. And Terry silver, which you see in credit, get three.
Exactly. And so reading more about some of the trivia behind the scenes things. It looks like they went into production of the sequel, like 10 days after the release of the original, which is kind of crazy.
And risky, because the franchise hasn't had time to prove itself. So that's definitely a gamble.
Yeah, I guess they had early numbers. So they just knew 10 days in that this thing, you know, they had a hit on their hands. But there was something there. And obviously, I don't think the cast was overly expensive. You know, it wasn't like they had all these big names. So they were able to lock everyone up, except for the Cobra Kai students. They didn't have them, they had to bring in some new people. But we did lose one character as well, which we'll get into later. But Elizabeth shoe was not part of the sequel, which I know saddens me a great deal.
Well, that was really her choice. What her choice, right? Wasn't she going to school to Harvard at the time.
So it was her choice to a degree, what I had read was that they were going to, they're gonna have some scenes with her in the beginning of the film. And then it was just too complicated. And she had agreed to this, but it was just something they couldn't get worked out. So they scrapped it. So she was going to be a small part. And they just kind of weren't able to do that. So that said, Sell Karate Kid was the only appearance and all of this in Cobra Kai and all the sequels of the Karate Kid that Elizabeth shoe is in? Well,
there's speculation about her appearance in season three. We'll see. I don't think anybody knows. I know. You haven't told me any spoilers regarding season three of Cobra Kai. I haven't heard anything or read anything, you know, back toward the end of season two, or when you and I were we're recording Season Two of Let's Talk Cobra Kai. There was speculation about Elizabeth Shue returning in season three of Cobra Kai but I have seen no confirmations and no evidence of of that being the case.
Well, and I know nothing either. I was just about to say it's just about time for her to come back. I'll be at season three or another season our if there's a Karate Kid, Cobra Kai movie reboot, you know, taking where the show has now taken things and coming out and making a feature length movie. Hey, I don't know. But I am hopeful. I'll just put it that way.
Well, if you look at the way this movie starts, which we'll get into in a second, if you look at the way it starts, I would have no care to see Elizabeth shoes character again. I would have no care to see Ali again after she dumped our private Mary. Yeah, main actor. So we're gonna get into that again. But I would have no care to it was only because of what has occurred on Cobra Kai season two, or I would have any care to see
Ali return. Yeah, they kind of throw her under the bus. But what we'll get into that.
Can I just mention a couple things here. Just a couple things like that are interesting. Just to bring us up to speed. Noriyuki Pat Merida is 54 at the filming of this movie, rough macho 25 at the filming. If you look at karate kid two on IMDb, there are 80 photographs associated with it. Number 74. So again, you gotta go in there shows George Bush. That's not George W. The son but the original George Bush. Yeah, senior George Bush, Barbara Bush, along with Pat Morita and rough module on the set. A presidential visit to the set. I did not know about this.
Wow. That's pretty impressive. I have not seen that I couldn't make it past 40. So you trudged on to 74 That's really cool. I'll have to look at that photo. Maybe I'll have to post it on our social media.
Check that out. And also this movie is set in Okinawa, but it's actually filmed in Oh Oahu, Hawaii.
That's right. So how did you feel about that? Because I know that you have traveled to Okinawa,
I have traveled to Okinawa. I'll get into that a little more specifically as we go along. But the reason that they chose Hawaii is because a it's the United States so makes things a little bit easier with filming. But B it has a similar climate see that a lot. What a lot of people don't know when I learned this, I believe me, I learned this when I went to Japan, when you go to the mainland of Japan, Tokyo, etc. And then you work your way down to Okinawa. It's different. It's a different feel. It's a different vibe. It's more of a Polynesian feel. It's more of a Hawaii type feel. People are even a little bit darker. It's a different vibe in Okinawa than it is in Japan. I loved it just as much, but definitely more of an island vibe on Okinawa than in mainland Japan.
Okay. Well, there you have it. So besides Hawaii, the rest of the movie was filmed at the Warner Brothers Burbank studios lot, if you will, that I didn't know. Yeah, it's true. This is according to IMDb. And there were even some scenes filmed at Mr. Miyagi, his house over in Canoga Park, which has since unfortunately, as you already no has been demolished. Sad to say, but my opinion that place should have been a shrine or a museum for Karate Kid lovers for years to come. But they have recreated it very nicely. It looks like in Georgia, where they shoot Cobra Kai,
but wait, did they tear that house down? Before Cobra Kai?
Oh, yes, yes, it's been taught for many years.
Okay, so if it has stuck around long enough to at least meet the advent of Cobra Kai, and maybe, yeah, maybe yeah.
So to stay on point and true to form, I will give the ratings so on IMDb, this movie gets a 6.0. And on Rotten Tomatoes, it gets a 42%. Now that's just very high, right? Not crazy high. But just to give you some context, this is how the original does on those platforms. The Karate Kid 7.2 on IMDb, and 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. So the original is more loved, and rightfully so I think it's a superior film. And if it wasn't for that film, you wouldn't even have this sequel, or all the subsequent ones are even Cobra Kai the show. So it's hard to compare with the original. But this was the second installment. And that's what we're focused on.
Are you saying that you love Karate Kid? Original Motion Picture over karate kid too, just because of the Heritage now with the original, or because you actually independently think it's a better film?
Oh, it's a much better film. The story is more complete. Listen, I won't get into karate get to. And we're about to and we kind of already are. But yeah, I have a lot less eye rolls and the Karate Kid. Okay, not to put the sequel down. But at the box office, this movie made at least the US gross. And I don't know when this was cut off. But it made $115 million. So it made more than the original. But that was coming. You know, it only came out what a couple of years after the original. All the hype was still there. And so it didn't make more because it's a better film. It made more because there was demand and the timing. And the industry was very different back then.
It was in the wake of the original. So the timing was good.
Yeah, they waited a decade or you know, sometimes sequels take a long time to come out. But yeah, that's a good way of putting it. It was in the wake of. And so I don't attribute that to quality. But anyway, so
it sounds like you're bashing movie before we even started.
I think quality wise, yeah, this is absolutely an inferior picture. But it's still a pretty good movie. I think at one point in time you even said, Could this have been a movie at least the Plot The story if it wasn't related to the Karate Kid? And I thought that was an interesting question.
Outside of the Karate Kid universe. I believe this movie could stand alone. If you took away their names just made it a different universe. I think it would have been absolutely just as great.
Yeah, I agree with you. I think it would have found an audience it would have done well, because there was a lot of martial arts movies coming out in the 80s. And that's an interesting story. Disciple follows his master back to the homeland. And there's a story Absolutely, it could have. Well, he
doesn't he doesn't just again, we're gonna get into this as soon as we get into the movie, but he doesn't just follow him. He literally is a very supportive friend at that actor. Yeah, so we'll get into that. We're gonna.
So who else came back for the sequel? Well, you had Jerry Weintraub still producing probably the person that said, Hey, let's get into production on the sequel. Immediately. We got ourselves a winner here. You had John Adelson, the very talented director Who did karate kid 123. He also did the original Rocky, which one best picture. And he came back and in Rocky five, they had Robert Mark came in the writer who created all the characters and grew up in martial arts. He really doesn't get enough praise. I would say you had Bill Conti come back as the composer. And of course, you had Pat right and Ralph Macho. So they had, you know, the core team coming back. And what you see a lot of times in sequels is you're missing some of that you don't have the same director, you don't have the same star or whatever. But that's what I think help this movie capture some magic.
I like when the crew can come back. It's, it's almost like a band, like, hey, let's get the band back together, you know, and then you you create a new old sound that the listener is familiar with, or the viewer is familiar with. And it's got a real nice flow to it. For the fan. It flows easier than if it's just a whole new group.
I totally agree. It is like getting the band back together. And here we go. So this movie starts with this opening montage. It's a fly catching scene crane technique, the Medal of Honor, Halloween night, Cobra, Kai dojo, all leading up to the all Valley karate championship.
I liked it, it brings, it brings the new viewer up to speed. I like that.
It is it's kind of like watching a season finale of a show. And then they give you all what you've taken in the first five seasons. But I don't ever remember this in a movie. And I watched a lot of movies from the 70s and 80s. But had you seen this done before this kind of five minute montage to get things started?
I didn't realize it at the time, but I don't think I have seen that. Where Yeah, the sequel. Does this rehash in the beginning? No, I don't think I've seen that in any other sequel. No.
Especially for a movie, as you said earlier, that was in the wake of the original. So I wouldn't say that people were forgetting it did disappear for a decade.
Yeah, not not a lot of time had elapsed. You can imagine the people were sitting in the theater like the first five minutes like, yeah, we know. We know. Yeah. Yeah, exactly. Been there. We've been there.
I saw Godfather two. I don't remember a quick like, well, here's what happened in the first one. Michael became it didn't do that. However, as I say this aloud, you know what popped in my mind. I think Rocky two starts with the fight sequence from Rocky one.
I know. You're writing and again, there we go. Adelson? Yes. Well, he
didn't make he didn't direct to that was still alone. But still, we're in Appletons. You know, he crafted the first one the masterpiece. So I think those movies did it. But it was all about the fight that ended the movie prior. This gave us a whole montage. But anyway, hey, it was cool. It was nice to see. You and I are up on our stuff because of the let's talk Cobra Kai show. But if you are someone revisiting the Karate Kid to like on Netflix, or Hulu or Amazon, some random viewer, the montage will be very nice for them even today. So there it was. And as soon as we get caught up in real time, the first scene that is brand new to the audience is a shower sing, which just cracks me up. It's an interesting choice. Yeah, because I've been in those tournaments. And I never showered afterwards. We just went home with our GI and hopefully with some hardware. And I like how Mr. Miyagi he's in there with Daniel. Which is, which is pretty funny.
Well, wait to be clear. Hang on. Hang on. He's not in there. He's waiting outside the showers while Daniels taking the room. locker room. Yeah, he's in the locker room with his back to the wall of the showers chatting with Daniel as Daniel is in the shower with all these other guys who are those other guys? Were those other competitors? I guess so. Was was entirely possible that Johnny Lawrence was in that shower along with Daniel Russo.
Yeah, and crease who also was an ag. So he showers was in the shower with they probably kept the Cobra car off to the side although Johnny had just given Daniel the trophy. So maybe there's less bad blood now. But the only thing that could have made this more funny or strange is if Miyagi was in the stall next to him. And they're soaping up nothing. You know, nothing below board of course, but there's soaping up and just talking and that would have been like what we already jumped the shark and we're like one scene and the movie. So we come out of the shower scene. And as you and I know, we do not see Ali or Daniel's mother this entire film. So Miyagi immediately gets down away and says, Ali and Mother wait for us at restaurant. Oh, Daniels. Yeah, sure. And that's it. That's it. Boom. Like they're not we're not gonna see him right then. Because then I go to the restaurant, and we never see them. But I know it's kind of funny.
I completely forgot about that line. But yeah, so Daniel is carrying his championship trophy, limping along next to Miyagi walking out of the auditorium. They stop and chat crease exits the building. Starts man handling people, which I think is hilarious. He starts man handling people in particularly actor Eddie Smith, who recites the line. Hey, man, what you're doing to a brother, which I love. That's why I'm really short caught on. I love that. I should have been on T shirts. So Chris walks between Miyagi, Daniel the tournament announcer played by Bruce Monmouth. Remember that name? Bruce. Melmoth. We're gonna be revisiting that again.
Well, it real quick on Bruce, the announcer I got contacts. I love what he says. He says paper we're going to be talking about that last kick for years to come. And, Sal.
Talk about a foreshadow. Yeah.
He nailed it. Yeah, they're gonna build a series around that kick. Amazing.
He didn't know that he was predicting Cobra Kai. And then he breaks through the announcer and referee Patty Johnson, who is also the fight choreographer for the movies. Right? He shoves them aside. And I wonder at that moment, I actually pause and wonder at that moment, when he pushes aside, Bruce and Pat, the announcer in referee is that when he gets his lifetime ban, is that the very moment right there? I bet no,
I think it happened. About two and a half minutes later. Oh, there were almost
we'll get to that. Okay. How about a habit at this moment when Chris keeps walking on? And Daniel says, Why does he act like that? And then we hear a voice off camera says that guy just doesn't know what karate is all about. Was that Johnson or was that Monmouth? Was it announcer was that the referee? I don't know. Because you don't see. I'm curious what? So Chris heads over to the students. And then right at that moment, kids run right up, asking Daniel for an autograph. And these kids are from receita. Two C's are local kids. Daniel signs the autographs for them. One kid is back with to the camera the whole time. I felt bad for them. I would have redirected them if our adults and I wouldn't say let's see a little face there. Now one thing I want to mention a little trivia here, it could be suspect. These kids are Garth Johnson and Brett Johnson. are the sons of Pat E. Johnson. It's the same scene practically.
Why not? And
if these are relation again, will we ever remember Bruce Melmoth. So there's a lot of in the family going on here. So I wonder if those were kids of choreographer and referee Patty Johnson.
Yeah, could be a good spot there. We'll find out. So what this is leading to and we've talked about this on the Karate Kid special episode, as well as I'm sure episodes of Let's Talk Cobra Kai is where you reflect on the show. But what is coming was supposed to be the end of the Karate Kid. And the scene is where crease is having a confrontation with his students, because he's so mad about losing. And it basically attacks Johnny. So this scene was going to end the movie and Sal, thank goodness, they did not do that. And they saved it. And they said, hey, if we ever do a sequel, we'll start with this as opposed to any other movie. Because the first movie and so beautifully with the you know, he gets the trophy and there's the shot of Miyagi, and then we're out. I couldn't imagine having one more beat. Can you know it feels like a fourth act or something. So could I
know? I like when a movie ends on a happy note. I really do. I like to walk out of the theater. A little a little happier. I don't like walking out of a theater all bummed out. Yeah. Even if the movie was good, you know? So yeah, I like the choice that they made. I liked it. They didn't end the original movie with crease you nothing. You lost your lose. I'm so happy that they didn't do that.
And to be clear, they didn't shoot it. They just had written it and practice rehearsed it, I should say, but they didn't shoot it. So it wasn't that close to happening. So enough about the setup. Let's talk about the scene.
Okay, so can I can I gotta mention one thing I found so interesting. Yeah, you and I both enjoy looking at all the actors in the scene, including the extras and one thing I found it very funny was creases up against the car with Johnny. There's an extra on the other side of the car on the driver's side who has his back to the camera the whole time. There's a fight going on behind you. And you don't have to turn around once. That was Dutch. No, no, it was on the other side of the car was when he was wearing a hat.
Well, there was two guys on their side of the car and one was the guy from head of the class. He was one of the Cobra guys we've talked about this. He was in the judge no and Duchess next to him. So I went back and as we prepared for this episode, I also was noticing those Extra is having made a movie a documentary about extras called strictly background. I always look at the background players and think What's that guy doing? And when I went back and interviewed again, it appeared to be Dutch because Dutch is in the sequel and that was him. Wow.
Okay, so why didn't you have them turn around at the ruckus that was taking place? I just found that interesting.
He was too cool for school. He is Steve McQueen son. So you know, Dutchess got he does his own thing. So what's going on in the scene, Sal? As I already said, he comes over and starts to kind of go off on the students but maybe just talk us through what's exactly happening.
Crease borates Johnny for a second place loss, calls him a loser. Johnny reacts goes no, you're a loser man. Chris grabs the trophy breaks it tosses it aside and gets Johnny Lawrence in a chokehold other guys come in he elbows one guy. I don't know which guy was had a good elbow on the left. And another guy shows up. I forgot which guys, they were another guy shows up Chris, like don't remember that line. Don't.
I think it was like Tommy and Bobby. Those guys were close by but anyway, yeah, it's not looking good.
Miyagi approaches. Let him go. And then Chris Beck has another student. And then this thing I found interesting, because I'd never really noticed this before. I really listened intently. So Chris says, beat it slope are your next. Now, I never knew about this word slope, which I said what? Okay, so I looked it up slope, a derogatory term or slur used for the purpose of describing a Vietnamese or Asian person describing the slope of their eyes. Oh, my gosh, I never knew it. So it's, you know, it's one of these moments where like, it's one thing to be an asshole. But now you're a racist asshole.
He's the worst. So this leads to a showdown between crease and Miyagi. And this is one of the knocks I have in this film, although I do like the film. But I would have liked to see a you know, like a really good fight. These are guys are both very skilled, they have different styles. They can tussle for a minute or two. But that's not what happens.
If you're talking about the fight sequences that we all know and love. This would probably be if you visit all the fight sequences that we all know and love throughout cinematic history, this is probably not one of them. It was disappointing. Chris did not show any skills. I mean, I could have done as well against Miyagi as creased it.
So for anyone who's unaware of what really goes down, so let's pick it up where we left off. So Chris still has Johnny and a chokehold. And Miyagi comes towards him, that he hits one student. And so Sal, then what happens,
Miyagi steps in and uses a maneuver to get crease to release Johnny. So he forces the release of Johnny by crease through a manipulation for sure.
And super upset and full of rage. He already lost in the tournament. He's already mad and throwing all of his students under the bus. And here's the protagonist, it's caused this him and Daniel Mr. Miyagi. And so he charges him out of rage. And what happens?
While you see the difference, you talk about the difference in styles, but just in this moment, the difference in emotion. So Greece is full of rage and anger, lost control. Miyagi is so calm, so very calm, crease goes in to punch him. Miyagi moves right out of the way, turns around, goes into punch him, he moves out of the way, again, effortlessly. And thus, crease has to bloodied fists from hitting two car windows.
And he's kind of in shock that he's done it. He looks at his bloody knuckles, and he's in shock. What's occurred?
You would call this one of Chris's low light moments?
Yeah, maybe he's got a real problem with blood, because he became kind of a web.
He was in Vietnam. Right?
I know. I know. I'm telling you this. So he says,
okay, so that picture could have been doctored the one in the dojo of him. I mean, it looked more like a theatrical headshot. But
can you trust anything out of his mouth, knowing what you know now about crease? I mean, seriously, come on.
You know what, now that you mentioned it, it's starting to become clear. It's entirely possible that Chris was never in the military at all. And that picture was fake hanging up in the studio.
Yeah, I don't I don't believe him. He's done anything. Well, except for he's run Cobra Kai, and he's made some real tough bullies. But anyway, so creases, distraught, he can't believe his buddy knuckles. And this leads to the end of this, if you want to call it a fight sequence. And so go ahead, tell us what happens.
So I know you and I talked about this once before, where you thought maybe crease fainted, but it was just sort of I think an emotional and physical collapse where he just kind of caves into himself. Yeah, and he just falls into this heap before he falls into the heap. Miyagi is about to give him the death blow. You think this is gonna be it for crease creases on his knees on the ground, about to be finished by Miyagi. Miyagi has his hand raised in a karate chop position ready to give the death blow.
Miyagi is in that pose when he knocked the bottles off of his truck? Oh, yes, knock the caps off. That was one of the only issues I had with the original Karate Kid. I think they were held down to believe that they could have been, he could have knocked the tops off off loose bottles on a truck and far fetched, but he had that same strike. So he was going to do that to really could have killed crease if he wanted to.
He could have that's why I say could have delivered the death blow. But he didn't. Instead of delivering the death blow, or at least a blow to give the final humiliation to crease in his moment of existing humiliation, hey, might as well go a step further. Instead, Miyagi comes in close, grabs his nose, and goes honk. I mean, it is humiliating. But it's not beaten to a pulp humiliating.
That's when he falls into himself creased and
that's when he kind of just caves and crumbles into himself and falls into a heap on the ground. Miyagi and Daniel walk away. And at this moment is where Daniel says, and I believe this little interaction here, I think sums up I think the entire movie. I mean, this is the summarization, I feel is where Daniel says, You could have killed him, couldn't you? And Miyagi says, I, well, then why didn't you then and Miyagi says, because Daniel son, for person with no forgiveness in heart living even worse punishment than deaf. Mine, there you go. And that leads us on to the rest. By the way, I always want to mention the car that they are getting into is the truck is a 1941 Chevrolet light delivery, beautiful truck. Beautiful truck.
So that is the end of Cobra Kai crease Johnny, the whole bunch for this entire film. There's no more mention of them. You don't see them anymore. We don't know what's going on with them. We're off on a different adventure. And so now the text comes on screen six months later. And we come in on Miyagi, who is of all things trying to catch the fly with a chopstick. And this time, Sal, unlike the previous film, he does it.
Yeah. And I really liked that he doesn't make a fuss over it. He doesn't Pat himself on the back. He's not so excited about doing it. He does it. He gives a little grin. And then he moves on.
And Karate Kid folklore. What does that say about someone when they're able to catch a fly and chopsticks.
Men who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything? So he's got that going for him? Well, that's also a foreshadow than to Yeah,
of course. And you know, Daniels had that going for him for a while. So it's not a beat later that Daniel arrives. And this whole film goes on a different course. And so he shows up, it's post prom. The car's been crashed Sal, go ahead and tell us what type of car that is, again,
Daniel arrives in the 1948, Ford Super Deluxe, which again, for the new listener, is the same car used in Greece that is greased lightning.
So it's crashed, which really brings a tear to all of our eyes. And he comes in and he's blaming Ali, who wrecked it. I mean, you got the bumper hanging off the steam coming out of it. He's even going on to say that Ali's now fallen in love with some football player from UCLA. And Miyagi. He's kind of listening and he goes out there to start to repair the car immediately because that's what Miyagi does. And then Daniel is just on this, rant it and he goes on about my mom's taking another job. And this time, it's in Fresno, we leave tomorrow. And it's just a lot going on. I mean, they came out to like zero to 60 with all this exposition, which is pretty funny, but it does get the movie moving. I guess out I guess that's the point.
One thing I noticed interesting is when Daniel arrives, there's music playing and then he shuts off the car. The music stops, which lets the viewer know that the music is actually coming from the car and not part of the soundtrack necessarily. So that car 1948 Ford had a stereo in it or I wonder if that stereo was added later. I just found that interesting.
Yeah, I think Miyagi probably would drop that in there. For him. He's a kid probably had a cassette player you think? Yeah, probably cassette player. And I also liked Daniels blue tux, which was very reminiscent of Dumb and Dumber, which is pretty funny. So Miyagi is just you know, helping out kind of listening him, but he's got one way to help Daniel kind of clear his head. He's got some more work for him to do on the old Miyagi estate. And what's he have him do Sal?
Well, he takes them out back, and he has him start hitting nails. So this is one of those moments where I'm thinking, Okay, how does hitting nails to this attachment to the house to build a new room? How does this translate to a karate move? I mean, this is not wax on wax off. This is not sand the floor. This is not, you know, paint up, paint down. How is this going to translate to a karate move? That's what I want to see. So Daniel starts hammering these nails finally gets a little frustrated, says he's all out of focus. Mr. Miyagi shows him a breathing technique to help bring his life and feelings back into focus. So then, Daniel goes back to hitting the nails, and he starts to get the hang of it starts to feel pretty good. And then one or two walks. Oh, God,
I wanted to kind of interject there. But
okay, well, it's actually two. It's like, dude, do boom, it was actually like three hits to get it in. The first two are like setup hits. Then the third was to get it all the way. Yes, to
hit it with one strike. I agree. You go tap towards holds on its own, and then it's to focus and hit it on the head and drive one through. So I think it's about focus. I think it's about hitting your spot. And it also kind of reminded me of Bruce Lee's one inch punch. It's like a lot of power and you're barely moving. You're moving like an inch with a hammer in your hand. So your hand is, you know, like a fist if you will, but that's where it kind of reminded me of, but it was a cool technique, but that's as far as we get with it. It's not like Miyagi sets Daniel up and then disappears for the day and goes fishing. We don't kind of go back and try it on that water like we did in the original. And the next thing we see Daniel has made a beautiful Rosewood metal display. For Mr. Miyagi. He's Medal of Honor.
Yeah, he makes a nice gift for him displaying the Medal of Honor because Daniels proud of it, for Mr. Miyagi wants him to display it. And Mr. Miyagi, though that's not really his style. He says, Well, why should I show it off? For what it doesn't really occur to Mr. Miyagi, to show off his medal of honor,
which is very Miyagi esque. He doesn't care about trophies, medals, or even belts. As we recall, when Daniel asked him what belt he was, and karate, and he said, What'd he say JC Penney's?
Is that what he said? Was that from the first one? I don't remember that. Yeah, as the original. But if
Miyagi didn't care at all about this metal, in my opinion, it would have been at the Goodwill a long time ago. So he has some sort of attachment to it, but he doesn't want to be boastful. He didn't care about putting it on the wall, but he's touched. You know, it's a nice thing that Daniel did for him. And so Miyagi out of nowhere, gets Daniel out of having to move to Fresno.
Yeah, what we learned is that this attachment to the house, this new room that Daniel was hitting nails into is a new guest room. And Miyagi says it's for a refugee. And Daniel says a refugee from where, Miyagi says, Fresno, which I thought was really cute. That was
a clever way of saying that you can stay here. Now, here comes the mail carrier, who doesn't know Miyagi, his name after 40 years?
No. Well, we don't know how new this guy was. But he says, guy, Mr. Miyagi. And then Daniel, I love how Daniel like, jumps to his defense and corrects him. It's Miyagi. And the postman played by will hunt. I do think this scene is funny. I wanted to mention that because Oh, it's great. Postman starts going on about how he goes, Oh, this someplace you have here? Can I bring my wife by to have a look at it? Like I just thought, what was the point of this interaction, but I guess it gives time for Miyagi, to sign the letter to start reading the letter, as the postman is going on about how nice the places, the postman says, maybe some other time, and then he walks off, and then Miyagi starts reading the letter, which is a special delivery from Okinawa,
right. So that's why the postman had to come in the back to find him in the first place, which wouldn't have happened in today's world, they would have left a note saying that you've got to come to the post office to get this special package. Or we'll try redelivery. So the postman comes back to him sign for it, because it is coming from Okinawa, and it was a special delivery. And what cracks me up is that the postman is blown away by what he sees back here and much to my earlier point, this place could be a museum, it's a spectacle what Miyagi is built, but what I love is nobody responds to the postman. Miyagi is caught up looking at the letter. And Dan, do you think Danny would step up say much like he did a second ago, but maybe say hey, ya know, thanks so much for the time but no one says anything. And the postman is on his own to retreat and say yeah, I guess I'll see you guys later that which is pretty funny. So the letter Sal is in forming Mr. Miyagi? that his father is sick. And he wants to see him, essentially. Yeah.
And Daniel didn't even know that he had a father. We for sure didn't know. And definitely Daniel didn't know. So this is all a big shock to both Daniel and the viewer.
Yeah, exactly. So that sets things in motion. And this next thing kind of cracks me up, because I was watching it going, Wow, is that how it was in the 80s. But Miyagi goes to get a passport. And he's flying the very next day to fly International to go back to Okinawa. And he's in line with Daniel, and he's getting a passport. So I guess now, you could do that on very, very short notice back then?
Well, let me tell you this, just as a point of reference, and this is absolutely true. There was at one point, I think I was a teenager where I had to get an ID for some reason, I think I wanted to start working. So I needed an ID and I didn't have one. There was some issue with my birth certificate. My mother did not have my birth certificate. For some reason. My mother then took my baptism certificate. I mean, how official is a church baptism certificate? My mother took my church's baptism certificate and got me a state ID from that. That was the 80s, my friend.
Okay. All right. I think I flew with a blockbuster card once. That's how lacks It was now I'm just kidding. So here we are this interesting scene with Miyagi. And Daniel having a chat about, you know, we're learning not just about his father, but about his lost love and his friend that they kind of were on the outs and how Miyagi has left and never gone back. But all this while they're in this line to get a passport. And Daniel is not, it's kind of funny, because he's not next to him. He's kind of behind him as if he's in line himself.
Yeah, I thought that was sort of a funny positioning of why they chose that. Yeah, he was, you know, if you say to your friend, hey, let's go Go with me to the DMV or whatever, they're gonna stand next to you in line, right, they're not going to be or maybe even sitting off on a bench, they're not going to be behind you. So I did think that was a funny positioning is the ad. Daniel is behind Miyagi, in this passport office. So obviously a state officer, a federal office, but this is the moment where we learn all about what went on, or what went down and Okinawa. Why and how Miyagi wound up in receita?
Well, first, to your point about DMV and a friend going with you, that's a good friend, who's gonna go to the DMV with you. There's that. And secondly, I guess what I thought about this scene more, they just wanted to get us out of the house. Because Miyagi could have read that letter, and cut to suitcase, you know, and he's packing. But I guess they wanted to take us away for a minute and give some exposition, rather than just cutting right to that. If that was the only purpose he that we don't need to know that he doesn't have a passport, but they wanted to show him and Daniel doing something on point,
I think it was an opportunity for Miyagi, to explain the history of Okinawa, you know, his personal history and what went down?
Yeah, no, I think that's sort of done anywhere. He could have done that at the breakfast table. He could have done it as soon as he got the letter. Yeah. So I think they just wanted to get us out of there. And maybe him getting a passports saying that I've never gone back, and I've got to get a passport because when I left that was it anyway, not a bad thing.
I just realized something I just said he went from Okinawa, to receita. We do know that he spent time in the military. So exactly. We don't there was a whole group of years between when he left Okinawa, to when Daniel met him there was a whole bunch of years. I wonder what happened in those years?
Why he was married, and they weren't going to have a child so there's a whole storyline which we've never get to know beyond the first film shutting just a little bit of light on it. You know, the Miyagi last years.
are like his late 20s 30s 40s 50s Those are the Miyagi last years.
Yeah, maybe in Cobra Kai, Daniel will stumble on some old book you know, some old photo album and we'll be able to piece some more things together hidden in a wall somewhere when they're at the Miyagi house. Who knows but I'd sure like to see a little bit of more of Miyagi story play out much like they did in Cobra Kai last season, showing Miyagi do the initial build out on his place? That was a really great same
Yes, so after they leave the passport office, and Daniel learn some of the stories about what happened in Okinawa next scene Daniel looks at old pictures of uk uk is Miyagi is old girlfriend Sato is as old best friend who was engaged to be married to UK Miyagi. Hell's Daniel the whole entire story about why he left Okinawa and that is the crucial element. Because unfortunately, Miyagi throughout the movie doesn't live that down and has to revisit his old best friend who is turned into his nemesis Sato.
And he seems to have a lot of sad feelings over what happened with Uta, which is interesting, like it's almost representing his first lost love. Or maybe the one that got away. He had been married, and he had a child on the way so, but for some reason, this movie really harkens on this relationship with UTA and Miyagi, he's kind of has a lot of regret, he carries a lot of regret around.
Do you think there's also this one moment because in this one beat when Miyagi is looking at a photograph and Daniel is kind of peeking in and looking at Miyagi, look at this photograph, and then he kind of lets his arm hang down, and then he kind of puts his head down, like almost dread. Like he's almost dreading going back to have to confront his past.
He's moved on. This is a new life. He's lived here longer than he lived in Okinawa. Yeah. So this is his life. So now I like this shot we see this cab roll in the frame and it says Valley cab company love Oh, yeah.
Just like the all Valley tournament.
Exactly. This franchise love the valley. So now Daniel is supposed to see Miyagi off and he's not there. And so Miyagi is forced to leave in the cab. And thanks well, okay, you know, Daniels not here. Let's go. But this leads to a another scene that cannot happen in today's culture. But Sal, what happens?
Well, when you talk about the airports, you have, when I talk about the airports, I talk about pre 911 and post 911 pre 911 airports. You know what I used to like to travel. I used to enjoy it. After 911 No, Miyagi is literally boarding the plane. He's talking to the stewardess. He's literally getting on the plane at this moment. Daniel runs up right up to Miyagi and the stewardess
and nothing came. He's literally at the plane like right at the lane door plane.
Yeah, yeah, he's at the plane door with his ticket, which means
they don't check you in right before you go down the long runway. You just go to the plane and say, Here's my ticket.
Well, you also when you and I have discussed this before, the fact that were to get his passport did he have a passport? Do you get a passport the day he was the day before with Miyagi at the passport place? Did he actually get a passport so Mr. Miyagi? Wouldn't know when did he get a passport?
Is that why he was behind me? Auggie? He got his he's like, I'll meet you. I signed this a second. Yeah, that suspect. And then
Daniel convinces Miyagi to let them go to Okinawa with them.
Yeah, exactly. He bought a ticket, you know, several $100 He got a passport. But Miyagi still could have said, No, thanks for no thanks. He asked to talk him into it, and he lets him go.
But that moment when Daniel says, Thank you to Miyagi for letting him go. Thank you for letting me go. And then Miyagi says, No, Daniel, son, thank you, at that moment is where kind of the tables get turned. And the student is there to support the teacher.
This is true. This is true. It now it's a buddy flick. So next, we're on the airplane. And I know it's a long flight. Well, you know, firsthand. But what I thought about immediately, Sal was the fact that the entertainment on an international flight was a good book.
Yeah, there was no movies, the right there was no movie either in the seat in front of you, or on a laptop. That's it. You had a book or you slept, or you chatted that was it Oh, no, they
would show a movie though. They did show like one movie and they just told you what it's gonna be. And then everyone can look ahead.
They didn't do that. All they would have the one big they would have the one big screen up and say
the screening will be the Black Stallion. Yeah. Yeah,
screening is whatever we are going to play and you're gonna watch it.
And I don't even know at one point in time, they probably didn't have individual headsets at one point in time a pod would just turn it up loud. And if you don't want to see it, sorry, I am sure that was that happened at one point in time. What do you say? says he loves her but it doesn't want to leave her. Alright, so now Miyagi van shares that his father also train Sato and Sal, what else did we learn about where this conflict It was going had Miyagi stayed in Okinawa, what would well,
okay, so Daniel is still probably reeling off his victory of the all Valley under 18 tournament. But what Miyagi let let him know is that, no, you don't understand. He wants to fight me to the depth. This is not there's not gonna be a referee or judges. He wants to fight me. And the winner is the one who's still living. That's what he says in so many words. So that's when we learn that this is not just a fight, you know, to tap out. This is not a tap out fight. This is a fight to the death.
No cell. Have you ever been in a fight to the death?
Oh, I've been fight where I thought I might die. But no, I have not been in a fight to
meet either. Thank goodness. Alright, so as soon as we get off the plane, not a beat later. I love how we see the branding. And it's plain as day. And there's this huge sign for Sato. And this is before we even see Sato in person. And it says learn karate at Okinawa's biggest Dojo with Master Sato 40 years official instructor of the US military, proven in combat. So Sal Souter was a big deal.
Well, he's not only a big deal in karate, because if you look at the entirety of this view, so you see the Sato karate poster, but surrounding the Sato karate poster, or these other smaller ads on the left Sato bank and Sato Realty. And on the upper right, Sato, escort service, so this guy has his rods and a lot of fires.
He sure does. And he stayed there and he became very successful. And it all started from learning from Mr. Miyagi his father, who's also Mr. Miyagi, actually. So that leads to the question, what is Mr. Miyagi? His name?
How many movies? Wait, hang on, we have seen 20 episodes of Cobra Kai. We have seen what five karate Kids Movies You know, you got the Karate Kid. 123 And then you got the sequel? The sequels? We still don't know what Mr. Miyagi is. First name is?
No So how do we refer to his father? You know what I learned senior Mr. Miyagi Jr.
in the credits of the movie of this here movie, and the credits. Miyagi is father. That's what that's what he's known as.
Okay, so they both learn how to fight from Yagis father, they are probably equal. I'm assuming Miyagi is very skilled, and we'll get into sockos disposition later. He's a bigger man. Then when he talks, but he stayed and became very successful, obviously, just just see this one poster or see this one kiosk, and you have an idea. So they walk out kind of hail a cab, but there's this character there and his name is chosen, which is a pretty funny name. And chosen is there to pick them up from the airport and sell I immediately do not trust this guy. There's just something about him and and maybe it's that super heavy handshake, plus this fly collar and gold chains, but I don't know. I don't trust them. And much like I felt about Crease all along. Although Chris I'm intrigued by because he's charismatic. This guy. I don't like him. I don't trust him at all. How did you feel?
Well, I think that it's normal to have a mistrust of people with an open polyester shirt with chains. It's just a normal instinct and person Showzen is chosen is played by actor Ug okumoto. His two sidekicks Joey Mia Shima is Toshio and Mark HYAH she as Toro, Toro we don't see at first we see chosen and Toshio, they greet Miyagi and Daniel at the airport, picking them up in a 1958 Cadillac, Fleetwood, beautiful car. Very beautiful car, actually. And yeah, that moment where he gives them the extra firm handshake, and then he does this little thing, which I do know. I used to watch him karate movies from the 60s and 70s. He does this little extra tag at the end of his statements. If you listen to his words, he doesn't at least three four times in the movie and he does it here for the first time. Is where he says, I hope your stay here is a pleasant one. Yeah, he does a little. Yeah, he does that at the end. I love that because that's such karate. In the old days, Kung Fu villains. Do that. Aloha. Oh, you think you're gonna be bigness Turner. So he gives that extra firm handshake and for sure at that moment, any guy maybe some women too, but any guy who's ever shaken another man's hand, you know, these guys that do this death grip handshake. And that's exactly what he does is a show of dominance. And Daniel sees that but he and Miyagi get into this 90 58 Cadillac, Fleetwood,
good point well said and I would say the only positive that I can think about that is going on with the current state of affairs in our country in our world is the fact that a heavy handshake is probably a thing of the past. Imagine how many shook in general Yeah, exactly. A handshake in general is probably like an assault. It's probably no longer acceptable so a heavy one it that you're not going to see those for years to come.
Well, you know what, I think we will live to see the day where someone will say, Officer arrest that man, they shook my hand
and they attempted to shake my hand that's attempted murder. Yeah, so don't trust him. But at this point in time, Mr. Miyagi thinks that hey, you know, they know I'm coming to town. They sent someone to pick me up. That's great. But right away post handshake because Miyagi did not see this take place. Right away, Mr. Miyagi notices. They're going the wrong direction, away from the village. And where does Chozen drive them to?
Well, I have to mention the music chosen puts on some music, too, too. He's to attempt to like, Hey, you're old you like this music. That music that he put on in the car that shows him put on what's called fascination waltz. And if you look at trivia, is the same song that was playing at the country club party in the first Karate Kid movie. So when they're at that Country Club, that song is playing. So yeah, you know, realizes Yes,
I recognize that. I didn't recognize it to be that but I knew it was that time and era and I always liked that. I think even Caddyshack had a scene where they had a very similar song if not the same song, but good spot. Nice. Nice job.
So Miyagi though realizes Yes, like you said he realizes something's amiss. He says a village south. Why we go north now. Now I got to be clear here. Okay. And I'm being absolutely truthful here. I figured this out myself. And then I validated it later online. So Miyagi says the village so they landed in? Nah, ha. They were at Naha airport. He says village South why we go north. Now. They are supposed to go north, because Kadena where we're going to visit Kadena Air Base we're going to meet in a moment is north of nah, ha. And Tomi village is in Kadena, which is north of nah. So they got the geography kind of screwed up here. I have to fault the production on this. But he should have said, village north. Why do we go south now that's what Miyagi should have said to be geographically correct.
But either way, they weren't taking them into the village. They were taking them to some hanger. So they could meet Sato. And now we get to confront Sato who, despite all of the riches, and all of his prestige and power is still has this vendetta against Miyagi as if it was yesterday.
Sato played by actor Danny kamekona. I liked the first thing that he says to me how you the first his first words, he hasn't seen his old friend in 45 years, the first thing he says, so coward, you return. I love that.
That's it. It's on. Just like
that's the first the first thing
and the background, I could see another huge building and it had sockos name on that. So we get he, he owns this town. So they have an exchange. And we know that the stakes are still very high Miyagi, he's not just gonna pop in and see his father and then get out of town. He's gonna have to deal with Sato.
Well, Sato, I believe says, if I'm not mistaken in the actual quote, you see, Father, then you see me.
That's it. And then they're all there even get a ride. They're just left to their left there. And they've got Yeah, they've got to get a cab and now they're at the village but this village they get to is now a US military base.
Yeah, so they arrive in a taxi. The cabbie seems lost. He doesn't know Tomi village so they arrive upon this. They're doing construction there's military guys. So they're asking where's Tommy Village? Now? I don't know why the cab he doesn't know where told me villages as a cab driver. They greet a soldier. The soldier says this is Kadena Air Base. In other words, told me village used to be here, but now it's Kadena Air Base.
Now we know what happened to the village. So they find the right place. Things have changed. I mean, hey, Miyagi has been gone for two years things change. And the first person we meet is Kumiko, who's played by Tamlyn Tomita her first movie, but she has gone on to have an incredible career. I mean, countless shows and movies, but it all started here. Yep. And she and where was she from? So
Well, originally from Okinawa born in Okinawa. 20 years old at the time of this movie, absolutely beautiful. I mean, I'm a little tongue tie talking about her she I just think she's so beautiful and does a fantastic job. And this is indeed her debut role. So we learn that Kumiko is Yuki A's Nice. Now you ka the former love of Mr. Miyagi.
Right. So now we meet Uta. And it's a beautiful scene you have you know, her and Miyagi seeing each other for the first time, and 40 years. But we also learned that UTA not only did not marry Sato, but she was never married. Yeah, it's kind of a sad thing to hear that someone didn't get married, because who knows why, but she never got that opportunity. Miyagi probably only makes him feel worse, Sal. I mean, if he'd come back and you kid had a family, he could feel happy for her. But now he's probably even super hard on himself for leaving. And it's just really emotional. And that's the emotional chord of this entire film, is their relationship and Yagis regret and the regret that he didn't get to spend the last 40 years with his father, and that's what got me that's what made this movie compelling. And that's why I like that this was such a departure from the first film, and we weren't just prepping for all valley to, although I've been really cool, but I love that this has this storyline in it. It's more of an adult storyline,
even though the original movie has the love line with Daniel and Ali. I do think amid the romantic backdrop of Okinawa, we see the reinvigoration of UK and Mr. Miyagi there over the body of his ill father. They are having their reconnection. Now, by the way, I just want to give a couple of cool trivia here. Miyagi is dad, played by actor Charlie Teddy moto actually died only two years after the filming of this. And Nobu McCarthy, who plays Yuki, I think has an interesting story. Born in Canada, raised in Japan lived in the US then died in Brazil in 2002, at age 67, and was also once Miss Tokyo. So I think had a very storied and interesting life.
Wow, yeah, she's very attractive and really great in this role. So next, we see Miyagi and he's training in the dojo, and he shares the family history with Daniel as well as the secret to Miyagi family karate.
Yeah, this is where we first learn about the den den dicho hand drum. Now I do want to say as a point of reference, and I'm pretty certain it's not spoken at all and this movie is the phrase Miyagi dough. Now Miyagi dough we know about from Cobra Kai, Miyagi dough karate, but there is no reference to Miyagi dough. And throughout this movie, it's merely called Miyagi family karate.
I think Daniel coined that phrase out of respect.
Okay, so that was not originally coined it later with Cobra Kai.
And so there's another quick scene here which we've talked about on Cobra Kai because they have a flashback to this very scene. But while we're here in the midst of this movie, where it came from, we have to talk about it because I always loved it. So this leads to Miyagi showing Daniel the rules. And Sal please tell us what rule one and rule two are.
There they are in the Miyagi family dojo and up on the walls. In the sword of scrolls. Vertical scrolls, I believe Japanese writing is done up and down also like Chinese writing, rule number one, karate for defense only, and then they go back Rule number two, first learn rule number one. So there we go. That is that is the overall theme of Miyagi karate or Miyagi dough later, karate for defense only,
and that's very true Miyagi takes a defense approach with crease, even with the Cobra Kai's when he had to save Daniel, and they all have the wonderful skeleton outfits on shore, he uses offense, but it's defense first and then offense to kind of you know, put down the attack. It's a wonderful tribute to that style. And I love that that rule number two is just that it's so perfect.
See, but this but but later on, and I say later on, we're going to visit this again. Yep. Yep. Miyagi is dad taught Sato. So theoretically Sato and Miyagi would be sort of at the same level. Sato teaches chosen, Mr. Miyagi teaches Danielson, so theoretically chosen, and Danielson. Both have the same skill set or near same and know the same secrets. Going back to the Denton Duygu handrim. So later on, I'm going to think why doesn't is chosen know about Denden dicho.
So now we explore the village and Sal, everyone seems to recognize Miyagi and it's been so long Well, I think
that we have to assume his father is a renowned martial arts teacher. It seems like people are happy to see me Auggie. I don't think people are I mean, except for Sato obviously. I think he's seen as just sort of a old hometown boy, come back to visit. Okay, so Miyagi and Daniel are walking along and Miyagi is teaching more about the village history to Daniel, we look over we see Ishiro playing music for the kids in front of the Shinto shrine. Miyagi keeps telling more about the village history to Daniel Kumiko teaches the Oban dance to little kids now Oban, which will be quite relevant as we progress in this movie. Oban is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. But that gives a little bit of history on the dance and the festival, which we will be seeing shortly.
Okay. And the dance is really beautiful and can make us really good at it. She's good with the kids. And it's a nice sequence. So now Sato arrives along with chosen who's got a different shirt, but yet same fly color and gold chains. And Sato is upset, and he wants to fight right then in there until UTA steps in. So So what do you think would have happened? Had she not stepped in?
Okay, so this is where Sato says, You give me no choice and he takes off his jacket and he starts to get into position, ready to strike. Miyagi? Well, I don't think Miyagi would have been there. I think in an actual fight. And I say this as a fight fan. I say this as somebody who's been watching martial arts, his whole life mixed martial arts since 93. I think that Miyagi would be too fast for Sato. Now, you don't want to get hit by a guy like Sato. You do not want him to connect with you. But I think that you can elude him. And that Miyagi is fast enough to get out of the way of Santos punches. So in an actual fight between Miyagi and Sato, I think that if Miyagi just stayed out of Satoshis way he could possibly wear down Sato tire out Sato and then finally defeat him in the end. Okay,
I like it. Yeah, probably be a great fight, but it's not going to happen right here. So when UK breaks it up, she also summons them to go see Mr. Miyagi his father, who is on his last breath, if you will. And so Sato and Miyagi go to see his father, and they hold hands kind of out of tradition, I guess. Although there's this beneath the surface, they're about to kill each other, literally. And they have to put it aside and mourn together. So it's kind of a classic movie death as we see the last moment of his life. And so I just wish that we had gotten to know him a little bit better. I know that we showed up and he's already on his deathbed. And there's that, but it would have been nice to see some flashbacks to a little bit younger Miyagi, who could have played himself, just looking a little bit younger, you know, take some of the gray out. And even maybe if he young Sato, I think that this movie could have used just a little bit of that. I don't know what your thoughts are. But I didn't feel enough for Miyagi father because I just didn't know him. But I felt for Miyagi, Mr. Miyagi. That is,
I think that the movie at this point is letting us know that the Father is sort of an ancillary character to propel the plot, and not as important because what at that moment, though, on his deathbed, if you recall, the father Miyagi his father, grabbed Serratos hand grabs Miyagi, his hand and puts their hands together, he tries to make peace with the two of them. Miyagi is okay with that. Sato is the one who pulls away so the father wanted to give peace between his son and his number one student other than a son. And unfortunately, Sato was not having it Miyagi was okay with it. And yeah, he just kind of just kind of plops definitely a cinematic death, where he just goes, it's almost like saying his last words like those were his last words. His last words were, I want peace with you, too. Those were his last words.
Whenever nice to see some sort of flashback or something, or even photos or just just give me a little bit more. I was yearning for that.
After this movie, and after Cobra Kai, I am looking forward to the entire universe opening up not only for the future, but in the past. I want to see little Miyagi I want to see little Sato. I want to see them as kids. They obviously grew up together. They spent their whole entire life together, up until Miyagi was 18 and headed out due to disgracing Serratos. Honor. Otherwise, yes, I would love to explore their paths and I think that leaves it open to a whole nother franchise to come along and explore or Miyagi he's childhood in Okinawa.
Yes. So then Sato says you have three days to mourn and then fight. So if I'm Mr. Miyagi, hey, guess well, I hung out in two days, we can just avoid this whole thing. I got two days to mourn. Y'all hang out with UTA showed the ideal route them out of here. So things are in motion, we're going to be able to spend three days morning and tying up some loose ends and rekindling some things. And there's least pause now, which we didn't have before because Sato was ready to go to blows, you know, just a few minutes ago. And I love when they when everyone morning, lit the candles on a little, what would you say if that is Sal, little rafts for these candles are?
Well by appearance for any of you familiar with the southwestern custom of luminarias, where they sort of a paper bag with a candle inside, right. So this is this is yeah, this is very similar, just a different decor. And obviously, they float. So it's like them putting these colorful black luminarias with a candle inside on the water, almost sending off your loved one. So in this scene, they're all gathered about, and they're all putting these luminaria type little rafts on the water to signify the departure of the loved one. In this case, Miyagi is father, that's very touching.
And it's such a great visual, it's at night, you have Bill Conti score, swelling, it was really a beautiful moment. And yes, a nice closure to the his passing.
And also at that very moment. If you notice, Sato is right there next to him. So yeah, there is a pause, there's a pause here. And I'm almost reminded of they say, We're taught that during the Civil War, the north and south would take a break for Christmas. So I liked that. It's like, let's take a break here, you know, and I really liked that a lot. So here, there's an actual break, he does give him three days, I don't think it's very long, but he does give him some time to mourn. And there is a momentary peace here.
And this leads to perhaps, I would say, for me, anyway, the most emotional scene in the entire franchise. And it's when Daniel shares about losing his father, and to your earlier point, here's the disciple kind of leading the teacher, and he's sharing about losing his father and you can see the pain in Miyagi his eyes. In fact, Miyagi doesn't say anything for this entire sequence. And it's the first time that he's vulnerable, and human. And we've never seen him like this before. And while this scene is going on, from an acting standpoint, just the scenery, it's such a beautiful shot of them sitting next to each other, and Daniel puts his arm around him as the sun rays come through the clouds above, and there's a bonsai just in front of them. And it's just it's such a magnificent moment. So it just, it makes me tear up every time I see it.
It really is. It's beautiful in every way. It's beautiful for the characters and for fans of The Karate Kid universe. But also from a naturalistic perspective, I have been to Japan and those sunsets are beautiful. They have some beautiful sunsets there. So yeah, this was a fantastic scene in every way and if you notice on the right hand side of the screen is a little bone side there as well. Yeah, so just that two shot from the back with the clouds and the ocean and yeah, Daniel with his arm around, Mr. Miyagi, powerful scene fantastically acted scene. Definitely, definitely beautiful. And
Miyagi is not even really crying or bawling, but there's just tears in his eyes. I mean, that's, that's incredible moment for him as an actor, and all of our collective hearts break to see Miyagi, who is this rock. Like you said earlier, we've all wanted a Miyagi in our life. So to see him in pain, it's like too much for us to bear. You know, it's just too much, and we've never seen it before.
But this is also another example of how Daniel steps up to the plate. Every time Daniel has to do something, whether it be fight someone, or comfort someone. I mean, you know what, the more I am involved in the Karate Kid universe, the more I actually fall in love with Daniel's character. I really do. I think that he's way more multifaceted than he would appear at first, especially based on the first movie, you know, he comes around he's like a belligerent teenager. He's annoyed with his mother in the very beginning of the movie, but you see his evolution and you see how he changes and grows. I'm very proud of broth macho as an actor, and very proud of Daniel as a character.
Yeah, and I think that gets lost a lot as well. Is that Ralph Macho is an incredible actor. And for some reason that this gets overlooked sometimes I think he doesn't get the credit is Dude, because it's so convincing of a roll, Daniel Russo that people just take it for granted, but he's incredible. He really is. Even on Cobra Kai, you just see it like, this guy's got range, and he can turn on a dime and be this guy and be charming. And he's really he's really something. And there's a reason why these movies work so well. There's a reason why 35 years later, there's a TV show. That's wonderful. And it's based on these characters because they not only had the story, right, and they got the right director, and they got the right producer, but they got some incredible talent, and Pat Merida, and Ralph Maggio. So here we are, we leave this great scene. And now we're back to training. And we see Miyagi and Daniel and Daniel, I believe is improving. I think he's a better fighter now than he was at all valley. He's learning more. And so I love this flying cable technique. Please describe this for our listeners.
Well, Miyagi wants to continue the training. So this scene opens up with them doing some martial arts training. Then he takes him down to this Canary, which was a part of his childhood there was owned by Satoshis father, and Satoshis father gave me Auggie, his first job at this Canary. But while Miyagi worked this Canary, he would use this. I mean, jeez, I'm not a fisherman. It's this swinging hook. It's a double sided hook. It's about as big as an axe. It's pretty large. And it swings. And you have to get out of its way or it literally impaled you. So he uses this as a training device. He demonstrates Daniel wants to do it. Daniel wants to say I want to try it. At first, Miyagi is reluctant because this is a this is a deadly training exercise, literally. But then Miyagi says, Okay, fine, and he attaches a block of wood. Now, when he's attaching this block of wood, I'm thinking to myself, Okay, maybe he's not going to die, but he still can be seriously injured. When a block of wood is flying
at your face. The impact of this is still gonna be strong. Yes.
So Daniel convinces Miyagi, Miyagi says, Fine, let's the swinging rope go with the log on the end. And Daniel jumps out of the way, he doesn't know how to properly get out of the way. So he kind of jumps out of the way falls into the water, right next to this rope swinging thingy, at the candidate
hits, it hits really hard, and he would have been hit hard. And I thought it was like cork, but whatever, it's coming down really hot. And so true to Daniels form. You know, he sometimes attempts things that he's not prepared to do. But there's a second one of these hooks up there. And this one, since Miyagi is coming down the ladder, there's not a cork on the end. So this is literally a hook, Daniel gets back up out of the water, and he pulls this lever, and the next one comes down full speed unprotected, there's a huge hook, you could very easily get impaled, get killed. And so what happens this time?
Well, this is the initiation of the drum technique. Yes, this is where we start to see the drum technique employed, as brought to us originally by the den den Jaiku. And we will see later as well not to spoil. So now Daniel employs the drum technique, which involves a twist, getting out of the way. And this hook goes so close, actually cuts part of a shirt. That's how close this hook was. So that's how, how sheer that space was between him and that hook. So he barely moves out of the way employing the drum technique.
And then the hook goes into this wood and just sticks with his piece of the shirt with it. And he's like, Oh, that was close. But you can tell that what I liked about that moment is that he is fearless Sal. And he is a fast learner. Now he doesn't have it down yet. But I know for martial arts too. And all sports that I've played. It's about repetitions. And, and that's how I am it's like do it 1000 times and master but Daniel's one of these guys, at least in these movies, that he picks things up very quickly.
The word prodigy is not used not much in our culture, let alone with these movies or Cobra Kai. But I think you could probably say at this point that Daniel would be considered a prodigy. Yeah,
well, he has to because if he was on a normal trajectory, to become a black belt or be doing these things, these movies that would never pan out. So he has to kind of be that character. You know, they can go from zero to 60 very quickly. So not that he's a Miyagi he's class, but that he is ahead of others, if you will. And so the next thing we have is Daniel Paul is now going to expose chosen. And this interesting sequence. If you want to elaborate a little bit,
Daniel meets for the first time officially each row now each row was the old friend of Miyagi, who was playing that instrument there at the Shinto temple for the kids. So each row drops a whole cart load of carrots, right before Daniel, Daniel helps him with the carrots. They then go take the wheelbarrow of carrots over to the scales and weights that are set up by chosen and his thugs. Now, if you see a guy like chosen operating a scale, you pretty much can guess there's something cricket going on here. And that's what we find because as they approach the scales, there's a movement somebody bumps into the scales, these weights fall down and we learn and realize that these weights are little false weights. So therefore the scales are not true and are not properly calibrated. And chosen and his buddies maybe Sato is behind this I mean we don't know if Sato is behind this exactly. But we see chosen and his buddies are ripping off these villagers of their vegetables
and chosen knows it's Daniel that's done this and he's passed but he has all of these villagers coming after him. So chalk that one up to Daniel he won that battle but
chosen gets mobbed by the villagers the villagers start attacking chosen. Hey, you're cheating us so it's a good moment to see chosen get mobbed by these villagers. I wish we could have seen them get attacked and beaten up but unfortunately we don't. Right.
So now we see Miyagi. And he confesses that he should have taken UK with him to America. Now so that's just really sad. Now to have that kind of regret really reminds me of the Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep film Bridges of Madison County to know that they turn their back on what could have been and that it's very sad.
Yeah, the what could have been or the one that got away stories. Very sad. Yeah, definitely.
So now Kumiko is teaching Daniel the dance. And again, Sal, he's a quick learner. He's picking this thing up right away.
He is and what I like about Daniel, especially in this moment, we see it. At first he doesn't want to he doesn't want to do this dance out here on the road. But yet he does it. He does it anyway, even though he's not. He's very reluctant, you know. So I like that, you know, you don't have to want to do something yet you do it. So I respect that. So he starts getting his dance lesson from Kumiko. She shows him what's called the bond dance, which again, we're going to be visiting later. And then at that moment, it seems like every time Daniel and Kumiko are starting to get closer starting to get more intimate. Something happens. And again, we see now, yeah, chosen and his thugs arriving. Chosen takes the den den dicho from Daniel shoves. Kumiko kicks Daniel. And then as they're walking away Kumiko throws a tomato at chosen hits him in the back of his polyester shirt.
Right. So this really reminds me of the beach scene from the original Karate Kid, here comes this bully, and Daniel's bested yet again. But this is also another eye roll for me on this film, as much as I like it, and it has a lot of strengths. It's got some weaknesses, and just, it's chosen yet again. He's always there. He's got nothing else to do. But you had to rip off villagers and hang out with these bullies, and pester Daniel and I think even threatens to kill him in the same.
Oh yeah, he says if you disrespect my honor, again, I will kill you. Yeah, so Daniel isn't even doing anything. No, nothing. Yeah. And yet this guy his honor is all bent out of shape because of Daniel. You know, what, is it possible and maybe do we learn in this scene? That it's possible that Chosun has had a thing for Kumiko because remember when he throws the shirt back he's like, you know you like it like he says something like that some sort of smart as you know, you like my shirt? Like maybe he's known Kumiko maybe he's had a crush on her. She never felt the same way. Maybe there's a little something there's remember there's a history there in Okinawa before Daniel got
there. Yeah, you know, I don't know history repeats itself. This is a very Miyagi Sato UK storyline for sure. So they walk away and stumble on to yet another beautiful scene. And I noticed that most of these beautiful touching scenes are with the adults in this movie. And I think that's maybe was lost on me when I saw the movie for the first time. But as an adult, I'm more moved by it. But yeah, we see Miyagi and UPA having a tea ceremony. And Sal, why don't you explain that? For us,
well to the casual observer like myself, or in this case, Daniel, you look on you see two people in Japan, drinking tea together, you don't really know what's going on. So Daniel asked Kumiko, what's going on? And that's when Kumiko lets Daniel know, they are falling in love again. So we learned that this is a ceremony. That is an expression of love. Either reacquainted love or new love. Yeah,
that's pretty heavy, though. They're falling in love again. Wow, that's big.
I like this. I like it. I like ceremonies. And that was one of the reasons why you select to go to church, not necessarily that I went for all the rules and so forth. But I like ceremony. And that's why when you Yeah, when you look at the tea ceremony later on, I like how every movement is intentional. Ceremonial, is deliberate. I like that stuff. I've always enjoyed watching ceremonies occur, you probably like structure as well. Yeah, I kind of do. Maybe that's part of it.
You know, I'm really drawn to martial arts, because a lot of it has to do with the ceremonies or this the structure or the way things are done. And then there's achievements and you get to the next belt. And so I'm really drawn to now I've never had a tea ceremony, which I think is really cool. But I to share the fondness for ceremonies, and I think that's why I've kind of been so captured by martial arts. Okay, so now Daniel and Kumiko are going exploring. And while they do so, we hear the infamous Peter Sutera track glory of love.
Yeah, and I think it's an interesting moment because the music starts to play as they start to go observe King Shahar. She's castle ruins and I like the words who just I don't know if it just kind of happened. Or if Peter said Tara wrote it this way the lyrics just like a knight in shining armor from a long time ago. Just in time, I'm a save the day take you to my castle far away as they're at the castle. Did that happen accidentally? Or was that on purpose?
So why don't you give us a little rendition of the chorus from the sonnets? A great track,
just like a knight in shining armor from a long time ago. Just in time I'm gonna save the day ticket to my castle far away. All right, there we go.
Great song be I'm not sure to answer your question if it was written for the scene was this song not written for the soundtrack?
This song was originally scheduled for Rocky for was it it was one of the Rockies that they had hoped the song to. That's right. But yeah, but instead it was replaced by another song and they decided to use this song for the Karate Kid too. And Bill
Conti was supposed to be the composer for Rocky four because he had done rocky one through three thus far and chose to do karate kid part two, but along with Appleton they both came back and worked on Rocky five. So
yeah, so what happened was glory of love was supposed to be in Rocky but was instead, hearts on fire was chosen over glory of love for the Rocky films. So then the glory of Love came into the Karate Kid too.
So now we're in the city. And both Daniel and Kimiko are looking at TVs in the window of a store. And she shares her dream of being a dancer. And then out of nowhere, actor BD Wong appears. We've always loved BD Wong from many movies and TV shows, including Jurassic Park and the Jurassic worlds. And he invites him to a dance. So she's dreaming of being a dancer. And now she can go to this dance and show off some moves.
He's credited, I think, as flyer kid. Yeah. And he's Yeah. And he's credited as Brad Wong with two Ds, Brad won. And then he became BD Wong. I'm curious how Brad one became BT one but yeah, so Brad Wong who we've seen in all these crime shows here he has as a kid passing out flyers for dance on the street.
He does look so great in the scene like so out of place. Here's this like, kid, you know, he looks like he's running a Hollywood like extras casting and giving them a flyer. Sure. Bring your friend. He's super excited, upbeat. And next we see Santos dojo, it's right across the way and Daniel has to get a closer look, of course. And as he peeks of the window, very reminiscent of Daniel, walking up and looking through the window at Cobra Kai. And he sees chosen is head of the class much like Johnny Lawrence, and he takes on four attackers, and of course, best them all.
Yeah, he has two guys. One guy grabs his right arm. One guy grabs his left arm so you got two guys holding you. And then you have two guys attacking you and you have chosen beats up four guys in his class. He essentially beats up four of his students is what he does,
right? And they train hard very Cobra Kai style here. It sounds toes dojo, so they see that and then Daniel wants to keep moving, and they stumble into, I guess it's a bar. Um, I don't know if people are getting drunk in there, but it's kind of like a bar and Kimiko is resistant. She doesn't want to go in there. Because she says, you know, bad people, bad things happen in there. But Daniel, you know, he's stubborn as we know he is. And he takes them in. And we can see that GE eyes are all over the place. And one in particular is attempting to strike through sheets of ice. And tell us who this particular Gi is Sal,
this guy is credited as being gi number one, his name is Clarence Gil yard, Jr.
Well, Clarence was an diehard and Top Gun. So he went on to be in some other big movies, I recognize him right away. But he fails in his attempt to hit through the sheets of ice. And for those who haven't seen this film, or it's been a long time, there's these sheets of ice. I don't know what they about an inch thicker. I'm just guessing.
I probably say about 18 inches tall each one and yeah, I would probably say about an inch thick, I would say.
And they have them kind of slotted. So with gaps in between, you've got to hit it, Sally, I guess like with kind of a side motion, you know, like a ridge. And because it may be kind of can you describe this to the listener at all,
you would be slicing at a horizontal chest level, right? Because these things are in front of you, I think what you should hope to do is that you hit the first one, if you can break that first one, that first one breaks a second one, that second one breaks the third one and cetera, et cetera. So you really got to make sure that you can crack that first one, hit it hard enough so that it then subsequently breaks the rest of them. But yeah, it's like right in front of you. Six slots, six pieces of ice vertical, and then you got to slice through them horizontally and with a karate chop. Possible. I mean, I don't think I could do
it. I don't think gi number one had six sheets of ice, I think he only had three or four.
Yeah, and his form was something to be desired. I mean, again, I've watched enough fights to say he had no prep, he had no poise, he had no skill, he may be able to fight in a barroom fight. But when it came to, using proper technique to slice these things, they left a lot to be desired,
right? So gi Number one, he fails, and he overhears Daniel saying why he failed. And of course, he says, Hey, if you can do better, you know, do it, go for it. And the Daniel has already figured it out. Again, back to my point that he might be some sort of prodigy, or at least a fast learner. I'll give him that. So he's challenged. And so what happens now? Well, he's
challenged, but he's not going for it. You know, he doesn't want to do it. He may think he knows how to do it. But here he is in a foreign country what and this is only what eight months later after the all Valley so he may not even be 18 yet we don't know when His birthday is. So here he is a very young man or older teenager, here on this island, being challenged by these American GI guys to do something ridiculous. So yeah, he may have had his opinions on how it should be done that he shared that with Kumiko on how he should use the hips and all that. But he doesn't want to do it. And so he's like, I'm out of here. And he wants to get out of there. And who arrives who arrives of course chose,
of course. And he doesn't just arrive style. He's fully dressed in street clothes. It wasn't two minutes earlier that he was taking on four attackers at Santos dojo, and he was in his full Gi. And so now we led to believe that he changed, it looks like he showered. And he did all that and got over here in two minutes and happy to know that something's going on. And Daniel is here, another irell from me. Now wait, as you're starting to mount these are starting to mount.
I think it's entirely possible that there was more time elapsed between them seeing chosen in the dojo, and then this icebreaking happen. There was more time that elapsed there, which I don't think the movie properly displayed. I think that they should have maybe added another scene or we should have seen the clock or something. Because if you remember as the scene progresses, who else arrives? Everyone arrives?
I will get to that. I know. But I still feel even if that's the case, even if you're right. I wish we had established it. I wish we had cut to Miyagi and Uta and then cut back. I wish we had cut to someone running to chosen and the locker room and saying, you know, blah, blah, blah, Daniels over there doing this. I just wish there would have been because these are the moments that I just can't stand when things just don't make sense. Now maybe there was a scene cut, you know could have happened.
Toshio sees them as soon as Kumiko and Daniel walk into the bar. Toshio, remember one of the thugs sees them. And he Yeah, he runs out. And he goes to get chosen. I can only imagine that it's entirely possible that if there wasn't a lot of time elapsed, then chosen wears his clothes under his GI.
Or just comes in and his GI. You know, I'm cool with that.
Maybe chosen even thinks that that would be disrespectful to the game. Maybe
we didn't do it earlier in this film either. So maybe there's something to be said for that.
Yeah. I mean, you're not supposed to walk around in your gear, or, you know, you don't see people
walking around their GI. But if he had to go over there so quickly, that would make more sense. Anyway, but literally, not 10 seconds later, Mr. Miyagi and UK are now here, and give it a beat Sal, and out of nowhere, here, Sato. So I have no idea how on earth, everybody knew something was brewing. And Daniel had got himself in yet another pickle.
Yeah, it's such an interesting convergence that there's the village over there. Here they are in the city. And yet everybody, everybody shows up. Everybody shows a
small is the city. There's sata stojo. There's some TVs for sale at the store. And then there's the place where the GI saying yeah, that's it. It's all up there. If you're not at one year at one of the others. So anyway, so now the bet is on. It's $600 to hit through six sheets of ice. And so I believe six is the max that this can hold. Am I mistaken?
It looked pretty full. Yeah, I think that this only holds up to six, then these guys are trying to do three. And now here's Daniel trying to do six.
Now Mr. Miyagi gives some classic Miyagi advice. And what does he say? So
he tells Daniel, to focus, and Daniel says, and what are you going to do? Pray.
And thus begins the breathing technique. From the beginning of the film. This is where
you see that everything that Daniel learns from Miyagi ends up being a fight technique, or that he can employ it. In his fight techniques,
Sato oversees the breathing technique and recognizes it, because Miyagi is doing it and Daniels alongside so he's getting him in the right state of mind. And this leads to Daniel, who's never done this before. By the way, it's not like he got one shot at these. No, he got the right state of mind. And he hit it claim and broke the first one, like you said, and succeeds. And what happens after that.
So Daniel is successful at giving a karate chop to these slats of ice. Everybody's excited. They won the bet. They walk over to to Sato sitting there I think in a state of shock, chosen doesn't want to give him the money. Sato makes chosen give them the money, they walk out and leave him behind chosen very pissed off about losing so much money. And Sato they're in a state of shock sitting there at the bar.
And so they walk out and Miyagi gives Daniel half the money and says, you know, this is for college because he spent around $300 on the plane ticket, and they're gonna go off for some Chinese food. So yet again, chosen loses that battle, but yet, we're still in the mourning period. So Sato is standing down at this point in time. So now we're at the dojo and Miyagi plays a prank on Daniel and fake hits him and the growing and calls it What Sal
primary target. And he got a real kick out of this moment, which I thought was hilarious. Although this is some foreshadowing, so remember that. Remember that
every time Miyagi teaches you something, you're gonna have to use it later.
Every time every time and then can we go brings Daniel some dance clothes, which is amazing that she has the presence of mind to either make or find or has access to dance clothes, and sell Have you ever worn dance clothes like this? Do you have any dance clothes?
Well, no, because I don't think at this moment in time. We know that this is going to be 1950s dance right now when flyer boy Brad Wong brought the flyer to Kumiko and Daniel he just said come to the dance tonight. So she made him special 1950s apparel for tonight's dance. She's no no, no, I've never had any. Nobody made me clothes. I never had any special clothes to wear to the dance. No. So
the next thing we hear, of course, is chosen, calling for Mr. Miyagi. And then he and his thug friends destroy one of the gardens.
Well, because he says my uncle told me to come pick you up. Your three days of mourning are over. Right. And then of course, Miyagi says I'm not gonna go fight your uncle. So then that's when chosen goes, Okay, fine, and then they start to destroy the garden that's chosen and Toshio and anyway the third guy.
Yeah, thug number three. Step number three. So Miyagi does decide to go visit Sato at his beautiful home and garden. And Sato is wearing a ghee with a red belt, which gave me pause for a moment, Sal, because in my martial arts and have Quito, or I train at American hapkido karate, the belts go is such white, orange, yellow, green, blue, brown, red, black, and then their second degree black, third degree black, and up from there. My master, for instance, is an eighth degree black belt, so to see Sato who we know to be, you know, renowned and a master in his own right. I didn't understand why he was a red belt. So I went online, I researched it. And here's what I found out. A red belt is one of several colored belts used in some martial arts to either denote rank or differentiate opponents and a competition. And some schools, especially those with lineage related to judo, a red belt signifies ninth or 10th degree Dan rank, the highest rank attainable, so SOCO must fall into that, because he's obviously reached the pinnacle, I would say,
Well, I was so wrapped up in him hitting an inanimate piece of wood that I actually didn't notice his belt. Now I know you might have noticed his belt, because you recently obtained a higher belt in hapkido. Is that true? I did. And thank you go ahead and give us a humble brag. So you went up? No, no, no, no. So what belt? Were you and where are you at now.
So I will tell you and the reason I'm excited by this is because as you know, when I got involved with Cobra Kai and wanting to do this podcast, it tapped into what was missing something that was missing in my life. And that was martial arts. And I got back into it and found the new dojo and kind of started this journey again to pick up where I left off and go much further. I hope. So I was a white belt in the beginning, and I tested and became an orange belt several months ago, but I recently tested again, and I'm now a yellow belt. So I've gone white, orange, yellow.
Is there a red belt in your future? Or is it only get up to the ninth degree black belts?
Oh, no. I mentioned the red. Yeah, red is right before Black Belt.
Oh, okay. So you will hit red but not that ultimate red that Sato wears no once
you hit the red it's right before the black and then it's black from then on out.
Okay, I never knew about the red belt before tonight. I never knew about it. And by the way, congratulations on your recent belt of yellow belt and I look forward to seeing your thank you continued advancement. So okay, so Sato is hitting this wood. Miyagi approach Assam tries to reason with him he asked about the wood he asked Is this the wood that we found that one time and then saw two answers same What do you want and Miyagi wants to reason with him? Sato is not having it walks away. And I forgot what happens when he walks away here but Sato is not going for the reasoning of Miyagi. And then he walks away and then Miyagi is left standing there, kind of caressing the wood. I think going back in time probably thinking of the lighter days, the fonder days of when they were kids, and when they found this piece of wood, but yeah, the scene ends with Miyagi, just kind of there alone with the piece of wood.
So Sal Sato had chosen go and get Miyagi to bring him to him to fight to the death. Miyagi chose to show up on his own, there he is, his on Santos property, how come he did not fight him to the death right here and now?
I think Sato must realize that he came for other purposes, and didn't come to fight. He has the sixth sense, you know, when someone is threatening toward you, or you know, when someone is fearful of you, me, he's not like that in this moment. So I think that it was just his fighter sense, his martial arts Sixth Sense, which led them to realize that Miyagi is not there to fight but yeah, you're right. I hadn't thought about that. That was right on the coattails of chosen being sent over to go get Miyagi and now yeah, a beat or two later Miyagi shows up so yeah, that should have been sought dos que but yet it wasn't. That's correct.
Maybe Sato dislikes a crowd or he's got to be in a fighting mood, you know, and he was ready that one day and then Miyagi his father passed and so he just wasn't feeling it and maybe he took his for striations out on that moment on that wood, which he probably thought was a Yagi, and maybe he was not as angry after working out some of that tension. But yeah, it just seems like they're meandering around. It's like, there's always a reason why they're not going to blows and that and that theme continues in this whole movie yet, maybe another eye roll for me. But that's just kind of how it goes. So he leaves. You're right, Santa walks away, and he's left. And so now Daniel and Kumiko are at the dance. And as we've already talked about, it is a glorified sock hop. Something right out of the 50s.
Yeah, so they're at the dance. And this is where we get into some more cool trivia. I would call it a triple whammy with happy days. The television show happy day. Oh, yeah. Because not only is the song rock around the clock that was playing at this dance that Daniel and Kumiko are at. Rock Around the Clock was the theme song for the television show happy days. Now. Noriyuki Pat Morita, who plays Mr. Miyagi, had a role as Arnold. He was on 26 episodes from 1975 to 1983. And here's the third whammy for Happy Days in the last time, Nobu McCarthy, who plays UK played Momo Arnold's fiance. Remember that's the role that Pat Morita played on Happy Days in 1976. So that's a triple happy days time
went UPA played his fiancee,
Yuki a played Momo, on an episode of Happy Days. Momo was Arnold's fiance, on an episode in 1976. That's
right. That's awesome. I did not know that. That's really cool.
I find it all I bring that information to you.
Thank you, sir. So back to the dance. It's funny how Daniel was very reluctant to dance earlier with Kimiko and then picked it up in other traditional dance and enjoyed it and had some fun with it. But I had no idea Sal, that Daniel could do this 50s dance. And he was out there strutting his stuff. And apparently, he learned all this from his mother, which is hilarious.
He did a really great job at the sock cop. And I gotta tell you, as soon as he walks into the dance, I started having PTSD going back to the Halloween dance. That was only nine months earlier.
Right? Good point.
I cannot relax in this in the scene yet.
So anytime in this entire film, we're having a good moment. It is quickly followed up by an appearance from chosen and true to form chosen and his thug friends arrive at the dance.
Yeah, chosen is the ultimate cock blocker in human form.
Yeah, absolutely is. And what happens next Now,
Daniel gets roughed up, chosen takes Daniels money which chosen believes is his money just from losing the bet. Please steal the money returns the wallet, drop it on the ground. So while Daniel is kneeled down, grabbing his own wallet. That's where he remembers primary target. And at this moment, one of the thugs has Kumiko in a rear will be called a rear choke. So while Daniels down there remember his primary target and punches chosen? Right in the family jewels?
Yes, the family jewels. So yeah, I think Kimiko is kind of an A Johnny Lawrence hold of which Chris had even earlier in the film, if I'm not mistaken.
Yeah, it would almost be a rear naked choke. I don't know if we're naked choke has to do with the leg wrap around to I think if you just get somebody with a neck choke from the back, it's I think it's called a rear naked choke.
So yet another sequence that never gets too out of hand, although Daniel did take a hit, but he gave a hit back. And they escape. And he got his money back. So later that night, Sato and chosen and pals. They arrive at the village and they're summoning Mr. Miyagi. Who's not there? By the way, right? He's not there at this point in time.
Yeah, Daniel settling in for the night. He's like, ready to hit the hay. Yeah, and then that's when you hear yogi. Yogi come out. We argue. We fight now,
because Saturn is to fight at midnight. You cannot find
such a such an odd time to fight someone. Yeah.
And so he leaves but then chosen and thugs began to destroy the dojo and Bonds eyes while holding Daniel. Want to jump
ahead, if I may. Yeah, please. This is why it was so painful in Cobra Kai. So painful for Daniel to see the destruction of the Miyagi dough dojo, because he was having flashbacks to the Miyagi family Dojo being destroyed. Roydon Okinawa yeah now I get it now I get it.
Are the dojo being destroyed in Karate Kid three but we'll save that one for oh my
god okay so so karate dojo is getting destroyed is just is now embedded in Daniel psyche and I could only imagine he has PTSD I know I do. So just seen rule number one. And rule number two being speared by chosen as he laughs You know these guys these villains in these movies. It's one thing to do evil it's one thing to laugh as you do evil and that's what Chosun does. So he's they're laughing and smiling having a great time being destructive because Sato told him leave them a message and that's what they're doing. They're leaving a message.
Exactly. And luckily, Mr. Miyagi arrives. And Sal, this is a pretty good fight sequence.
It is well, Miyagi arrives says enough, there's some wonderful music perfectly in sync with that. Toro and Toshio are dispatched by Miyagi pretty quickly chosen is also subdued, but is spared by Miyagi and of course chosen he calls it act of coward, to be spared by Miyagi. And also apparently there was one moment I read some more trivia, that that moment when chosen does hit Miyagi on the back with that spear is the only time in Karate Kid folklore when Miyagi is struck, was right there with that stick by chosen Oh,
that's interesting. So but also during this whole sequence, Daniel is not able to help he's been held off and then he never really gets involved. So Miyagi best all three of them. And it's in a really neat setting though, because it's in the garden and they're using like a walkway. And then there's this one staff that has a spear on the end of it. And I didn't notice any stunt doubles. So it really looked like it was Mr. Miyagi doing his own stunts.
Yeah, I was pretty impressed. I would imagine by this time, our actors have had plenty of time to train. And I would say overall, I was pretty impressed by Noriyuki. Pat, I say I always want to say Noriyuki that's what he's officially born as Noriyuki and then he still uses it later on up until his death. So Noriyuki Pat Morita had plenty of time to train for this. And I was pretty impressed by some of his kicks, some of his swift backhands and yeah, this is a very interesting setting, and Daniel couldn't do much he was kind of subdued. But all the rest of these guys got taken out by Miyagi. But one thing I found pretty interesting is that at the end of the fight, Daniel and Miyagi retreat inside back into Miyagi his home, chosen kicks over a statue, right? So really, the guys are still out there. And you just walked back in it was at the end of it. I mean, these guys just gonna go home now. I mean, I just didn't really see that that would be the end of it. If these guys are still right outside your home, which doesn't seem to have real high security. Miyagi says to Daniel, that they're gonna go home tomorrow. So at this point in time, we're assuming you know what, this is the end of it. They're finally gonna go home and be out of this mess.
Exactly. And then Miyagi talks with UPA, and it's another touching scene because she asked him to take her with him.
Yeah, Miyagi, ask, What can I do to ease your pain and UK answers Take me with you. I mean, whole. If this woman doesn't love Miyagi, I don't know what love is. I mean, look how long she's held on to this. But yeah, Daniel's packing his suitcase, looks outside sees Kumiko standing lonesome on the pier, she's doing a sort of ceremony. He heads out, that's when he hears Miyagi and UPA saying their goodbyes UK is crying. Daniel approaches Kumiko. On the piers, she's doing an old fishing custom pouring rice into the water for a quick return. Because that's what Daniel asked was, Oh, are you doing that for a big catch? She goes, No for a quick return. So we know that at that moment that she's doing a special ceremony for a quick return of Daniel and possibly Miyagi. They have a wonderful moment they talk about America, she asked about America, he tells her about America. He professes his love for her. So this is where we officially see Daniel professing his love for Kumiko in this scene, and then just as they're about to cry
before that, I think this would have been a good time to play Peter Sutera song one more time,
like a shot and shot a long time ago. Yeah, yeah, you're right.
He's also trying to recruit her to to live in the US to come over. And you know, she's taking this in. There's no dance studios there sounds like an interesting idea. But as you're getting ready to say, and yes, true to form. It's not chosen this time. But it is Sato.
Yeah, big ruckus behind them construction equipment coming through behind them in the village. So they get up leap up from the pier where they're having this romantic moment, and then head back to see what's going on and they see this bulldozer running through a garden is all these villagers are standing there and horror and Miyagi approaches Sato Cassatt still standing there. What are you doing? And Sato says he sold all the land. I don't know if he said he sold the land or he's going to sell the land.
Basically he owns the land so he can do whatever he wants and he's going to destroy the village.
Yeah, well, he threatens to destroy the village if Miyagi will not fight him. So finally, Miyagi, kind of feeling forced and pressured, agrees to fight. Sato on one condition that the title to the land passed to the village forever. And Sato reluctantly agrees, but warns that if Miyagi doesn't fight, the village will be completely destroyed, everything will be gone, their homes, their church, everything gone. So Miyagi knows that he has no choice. He has to stand and fight
now, I sat is really an angry person. And what's interesting is this whole thing stems from UTA not following through to Mary Sato because her Miyagi had feeling so Miyagi fleas. So Sal, correct me if I'm wrong here. But with Miyagi out of the picture, Sato had 40 years to woo Yuki or any other woman because he doesn't seem to be with anybody. And he has failed. So maybe a lot of his hatred is inward, Sato is carrying around a ton of baggage and taking it all out on Mr. Miyagi.
While Sato has no game apparently not okay. Because he Okay, so at one point in time, he was promised to marry Yuki she was promised to marry him. So once Miyagi was out of the picture, then yeah, Sato could have made his move. And if not immediately, at least within a couple of years, been able to finally marry UPA, but ya know, he didn't maybe he was just too focused on building his business empire and romance was not a part of it. So that's what obviously happened
but this hatred burns like this happened recently. It's amazing that someone is this upset now listen, I'm not that familiar with the Japanese culture and, and maybe, you know, this is his pride was forever scorned, was Sato and UK and arranged marriage is that what I'm led to believe?
It was an arranged marriage because if you remember, Mr. Miyagi told Daniel, that Suttles family was richest and village that's right, UK family poorest and village. So it made sense. So yeah, they were an arranged marriage. And if you remember also, when Daniel and Kumiko sat down at the sock hop, he asked if she was arranged to be married to anyone. Remember, she asked, I thought that was cute. She asked him, Are you arranged to be married to anybody? And that's when he says, No, I'm a free agent. So yes, this is ancient history you This is unknown to the topic, but the concept of dating, as we Americans know as dating is new in human history. Nobody dated, nobody dated 1000 years ago, they were they were set up by families 1000 years ago, or you didn't get together with anybody. So this whole thing is dating is new. You are definitely set up by families back in the old days, and this is as far back then as 45 years in Okinawa.
So that would lead me to ask this Miyagi leaves didn't work out with UPA, maybe she sought her true failings and no longer wanted to be part of this arranged marriage. But with this incredibly powerful, influential and rich family of Santos, how does someone not arrange another marriage for him?
Yeah. And why would Satoshis family arrange a marriage with Yuki A's poor family? What What would they have to gain from that? So yeah, if you dig into it, it probably doesn't make as much sense as, as it should. Because I believe in the old days of arranged marriages, a rich family would try to arrange a marriage with another rich family, not a poor family. So I don't think yeah, in that respect, it doesn't make sense. So the arrangement makes sense, but as far as the families doesn't really make sense. So I'm thinking then, that if Sato coming from a rich family was going to be arranged with UK coming from a poor family, he really loved UK. So that's why this anger burned for 45 years, but I think that he should have let that anger he should have used that anger to win over UPA instead of being pissed off hitting a piece of wood and thinking of Miyagi for 45 years Yeah,
and it might have made more sense in the storyline had Sato and Yuki a married they wed let's just say, but it was never they never had the sparks because I'm sure a lot of arranged marriages just kind of hit a certain threshold and they don't because they weren't built on a mutual attraction admiration. Maybe some of them turned into that but others probably didn't. They didn't hit those high notes. And let's just say that they were married and Miyagi came into town, due to his father's health and Sato saw that they had something he didn't have. And now it almost make more sense to me why Sato has this anger in him, and jealousy, but that would then paint Miyagi in a different light. And I think that it's more innocent to have UK be the single person. But trust me, I've had time to think about it. I've watched this film twice recently, preparing for this episode. And another plot point I have a little bit of issue with, and is why I look at this movie is the best of the sequels. But it just falls short on many occasions, in my opinion.
Yeah. No, no, I agree. I agree. I think that that would have made sense. But the problem is, though, you then wouldn't have been able to have these tender moments between Miyagi and UPA if she was married to Sato? I don't think so.
And we argue it looked like a bad guy. He would look like homewrecker. I totally get it. You can't have that
he would have been twice, Homewrecker, then, if that's the case, remember, Miyagi left Okinawa in shame. He broke tradition. He broke culture. He embarrassed everyone. So Miyagi left Okinawa on bad terms. And I think that if he were to then go back, and then get involved in a marriage that was current with Sato and Yukia Yeah, that wouldn't have been looks good on Miyagi. No.
So anyway, just ref in there, but things I've thought about and things I have issues with. So now we get to Mr. Miyagi, and he's giving Daniel his last will and testament. He's getting his affairs in order, so to speak, Sal, and what does he give Daniel and his will?
So he gives Daniel, the house in Canoga Park, and the truck, the 1941, light duty Chevrolet, but of course, Daniels, like I don't want the house in the truck I want you know, let's just get out of here Daniels trying to convince them, let's just hop on a plane and get the hell out of here. Forget about it. Forget about this. Honor garbage. But Miyagi says it is impossible. But Miyagi says no matter what happens, the village is safe forever. So at this moment in time, Miyagi stuck, if he leaves, the village gets destroyed. If he stays in a fight, he may die. He is screwed either way. You know, sometimes in life, I talk about this with friends all the time. Sometimes in life, you have two bad choices, and you got to choose between two bad choices. Hell, you can say a lot of our elections are this way. So you got to choose between two bad choices. So no matter what, they're both bad choices, but at least he knows the village is safe, no matter what he does
want a guy like Mr. Miyagi, and maybe the Japanese culture as a whole to die of honor is not a bad way to go out. And now and he knows winning or losing saves the village. So he's at peace with that, I would say, that's why he stepped up to fight him finally, to end this only to save the village forever, no matter what happens. And unless that's kind of big of him, but there's no way Miyagi is gonna back out now is what I'm trying to say. No, no, he may have bailed earlier, if there was no reason to fight, but now there's a reason to fight. But my last point on the will, my question to you is, what about all the other classic cars? I mean, not the one that Daniel owns, but there's three others is, is that part of the will?
Yeah, they kind of left that out in this movie. I think that they appear again, in credit cut three. But yeah, the cars are not there in karate cut two, I think we only have to assume now, obviously, to the newcomer, they would not know about these other cars. But for those of you familiar with the franchise and longtime fans, you know, there was a collection of cars in the first movie. Where is that collection of cars in the second movie? And yeah, Daniel should be hitting all those cars, too. Unless of course, for all we know, Mr. Miyagi, left those cars to the Peterson on Wilshire,
maybe he left them to the Peterson Automobile Museum, which, by the way, is an incredible place and should be visited by all but maybe he will them to someone else. Someone else from the seven seas or someone else in the Auggies life of what you perhaps who we've never met, we'll never know.
Yeah, I mean, why should Daniel get everything? Surely there are some people, some nice people, hell, maybe the mailman gets a car, you know, there are some nice people in Miyagi world who may be deserved something. So the dental doesn't necessarily need to get everything hell, a house in a car is plenty to cars actually. Right? He would get the truck and the car that has already been given. So Miyagi will at that point, given him two cars and a house. I think he's good. Anything else can go to any other beloved ones are great.
So now we see Daniel walking around the village. And he sees Sato Prain. And Sal, he looks quite scary and focused in the same.
Well, I did like the scene that we get to see another side of Sato but I wasn't certain what was actually taking place. Was he just going about his normal daily ritual? Or was he literally preparing mentally for the upcoming fight? Is that what he what do you saw him doing?
That's what I thought. Wow. How you get your game face on? He's getting into it.
Okay? So this is at the Shinto temple, where Isha row was playing the instrument for all the kids. So this is a center point of the village, which becomes even more important soon. So yeah, that's where Daniel sees Sato. They're in the Shinto Temple, which I was vitally very surprised to see, I was very surprised to see him in there. But yeah, he's in there, then getting his, uh, his gears ready, revving up for his fight. And so yeah, at this point, it makes it even scarier than at that point. Yeah. And I know from playing
sports for my entire life, yeah, you kind of, well, I don't usually fight to the death in anything. But I do know what it's like to get focused. And you lock in and you visualize, and I'm sure this guy is doing that. And you almost play out whatever battle you're going to participate in. You try to play it out mentally before you actually physically do it. I find it incredibly valuable. And I'm sure someone have sought to his skill level and his experience in the martial arts. It's just gonna get him locked and loaded. And yeah, and honestly, I know that we both predict Miyagi could win, I would still have my doubts, because someone is skilled as Sato is not someone you want to go up against, and a fight to the death in a match with points and Okay, sure. But these are high stakes. And that was one cool thing the movie had going for it. I think it was the high stakes. It created some anxiety in me. We're all worried for Mr. Miyagi. And Sato looks unbeatable in many senses. So now Daniel walks away from Sato and he stumbles into his very own tea ceremony with Kimiko. And Sal, this is such a great scene. And it was just really touching, like so many others. And this film,
one of the things I really liked about this movie is the romance factor, which I think is greater than the first one with Daniel and Ali. Oh, yeah, there's such a romantic air about this film, both with Miyagi and UK but now with Daniel and Kumiko. I think that this scene here in the Canary with the Japanese tea ceremony, rivals, the clay sculpting scene in Ghost, as far as cinematic romantic moments that just make you nearly cry. So there's Kumiko inside with the tea ceremony all set up, Daniel enters kneels at the table, he tries to crack a joke is this seat taken? Kumiko is disappointed at the tip. I don't know if she disappointed that the joke was so bad, or that he cracked a joke in general. But she looks very disappointed at his attempt at a joke. Daniel apologizes, the tea ceremony continues. Now here's one thing I definitely learned when I visited Japan. And this is why I love Japan so much. One of the reasons is because everything has a purpose and a point. And everything is specific and deliberate and has a meaning. There's no haphazardness there going on each movement, and this tea ceremony by komikko is specific and deliberate. Daniel drinks the tea prepared by Kumiko, she removes the stick that holds up her hair, they both lean in. I'm loving this scene so much they both lean in. And then again, not chosen this time. Candle blows out, boom storm, they both got a rush out of there. So it's almost a cock block. But instead of chosen this time, it's a storm. Right as they're having their first real romantic kiss. Coming out of a fantastically beautiful scene.
It was a beautiful, same as we've both attested to, and this movie, and you spoke to it. So I have to chime in. It did get the romance right. And really adult themes. It really did. And that's where the movie succeeds, as well as the high stakes. And in this movie, wow. Miyagi can be hurt emotionally, and he could die. And so that's where this movie succeeds. And then all the wonderful romance and falling in love and courtship, if you will, which the first movie had it had, it was different. You know, it was new kid rich girl, are they going to work? Is it going to mix? It worked for what it needed to be, but that's where this movie succeeds. And if I had gotten some of the other things right, are smoothed out some of the things and maybe there's just scenes that were omitted. So to me, it feels like they're bigger gaffes. You know, in my opinion, it could be even higher rated. But this is one of those great scenes. I think it's a bit of an homage to 16 candles, when Jake Ryan kisses Samantha, over the birthday cake and the candles at the very end of the movie. I'm thinking about moment, and then you're right, and not one second and maybe two seconds. And then here comes the storm and The storm is like it's not even sprinkling. It's already on a full blown storm. Like ridiculous hide the kids take cover. We've got a monsoon or hurricane on our hands,
while Fumiko and Daniel run out of the cannery run toward the village. Yeah, it's almost like they were not in the loop because by the time they run it back to the village, and that little girl is up on the bell tower ringing the warning bell. Everyone else is already was piling into the shelter, bringing luggage bringing some prized possessions. How come Daniel and Fumiko were out of the loop this whole time, but they obviously were, so they kind of arrive late in the game, the bells going off, the storms come and people are running into the shelter, we see Miyagi and UPA running into the shelter. So that little girls up there on the post ringing the warning bell, and Daniel and Kumiko run into Miyagi and UK, they all go into the shelter. They look outside, see a woman carrying a baby. Now that kid, look at the scene again, that kid is fantastic, because they really seem to be doing all the special effects as far as the practical effects with the wind and the rain, but they look outside see this woman carrying the baby, they go back out to help. And as they do they see the Shinto temple crumble. And remember, that's where we saw Sato. So for all we know, Sato is under the rubble of that Shinto church or temple River.
Exactly. So now Sato is stuck. And when we say storms come in, is it a hurricane? Our monsoon or whatever it is, it's high wind and rain, and destructive,
you know, a hurricane or monsoon? Yeah, thanks. Yeah,
one of the two. And growing up in Oklahoma, we dealt with tornadoes. Oh, and I dealt with one in particular, that was quite scary. I mean, he killed neighbors. It hit our property. We were very lucky to live. And that's a story for another day, but it's quite a tale. It was an f5 on our property. And it was terrifying. But it came out of nowhere. It just wasn't there. And then bam, it was destructive. Little tornadoes are coming off the big tornado. So I understand how something can just happen.
Wait, wait, how much time you could talk in your how much warning? Do you get a man that
thing was on us? Maybe 20 seconds or 30 seconds. Okay, that's not always the night that it happened. It was eerie. It's a certain time of year where the warmer weather and the cooler weather kind of mix. It's always in April in May. And the skies just looked really creepy that night. So maybe our warning was something feels off. Our neighbor had horses and they were acting funny about something and they get a real sense of weather. So but that was on us very quickly. And thank God, it just didn't hit us head on it map I would have killed us. But I could see how something happens so fast. Not ever been in a hurricane or a monsoon. But it's very destructive. As you can see, you bring high winds into play. And it just takes things down.
I mean, what do I know? You know, I grew up in Los Angeles. I know nothing about any of these things. But did you have like a basement that you go into or something?
No, at this point in time, we did have basements boilers in Tulsa. But we had left Tulsa for about six years and moved to outside of the city more into the country and had 10 acres. And my parents built a house and so we'd left the bigger city, bigger city, relatively speaking. But there are no basements in this house that we built. And only one of our neighbors had a storm cellar. So no, we did not. We took refuge in the bathroom, a centralized room in our house and discovered up and literally prayed. And it lasted about a minute and a half after we made it and other people did as well. Everyone got storm cellars. So for anytime it's sprinkled after that my sister and I took refuge and the storm cellar. Meanwhile, we never had another tornado incident but it just takes one to forever scar you for years to come. So you know, I totally get it. I totally get that bam, it's on them. But this is a different type of storm. A tornado is one thing it can plop down and it moves in such an unpredictable path. It just jumps up it skips the house it goes five over so this is a monsoon I'm assuming these are super heavy winds. And it's powerful enough to knock over buildings and really flattened a village I mean tornadoes flatten you know cities. So anyway, so Sato is underneath the rubble. And so so what happens because as strong and as tough as he is, he cannot get out on his own.
So Daniel and Miyagi rush toward the temple as chosen is headed the opposite way. I think Miyagi says where's your uncle and he says his uncle is dead. So we're going oh my gosh, so, Sato is dead. Daniel and Miyagi look toward the temple. They see subtle all of a sudden as gust of wind comes and releases some debris. They see Sato and they rush over there. Sato is on his back under a beam of wood. I love this this moment Cassatt toes laying there, under this beam of wood, and he says, Miyagi, now you come to fight, coward, he thinks Miyagi is coming to kick his ass. But instead, Miyagi is coming to rescue him along with Daniel. Miyagi breaks the beam that's laying over Santos, Jesse frees him with a karate chop,
kind of like the wood that SATA was hitting at his house.
Yeah, very similar, reminiscent of that word for sure. They all three run back to the shelter, Daniel looks back sees the girls stuck up in the bell tower. And he orders them back as he heads over to help. Miyagi and Sato go into the shelter. They see chosen, chosen says, uncle, I thought you were dead, Sato orders chosen to go outside and help Daniel save the girl chosen says he cannot. And he heads deeper into the shelter. So we know that's a crucial moment there, between Sato and chosen.
Absolutely. And just to speak on the scene, because we haven't really talked about it from a filmmaking standpoint. But this is a really great scene. I mean, it's terrifying. There's pieces moving, it's high winds. I mean, this is like the most elaborate sequence in any of the Karate Kid movies.
Well, you talk about the stakes, and I haven't actually hadn't thought about that. But yeah, you raise the stakes. This is definitely life or death, which the original movie did not really visit. This is life or death scenario happening right here.
So this a great action sequence, you know, they have debris blowing, and you can kind of see Sato and it was not an easy thing to shoot. So I give them credit. And I'd love to see some behind the scenes footage of, of just the making of this sequence. Because it was really impressive to me,
assuming it was all done with practical effects. You had the wind machines, did they actually film it at night? Maybe they filmed that inside of a studio. I mean, who knows? Maybe it wasn't all exteriors, I would be interested to see how they did that. I have not heard of any behind the scenes of credit get to let alone that particular scene. But yeah, I think that would be interesting to see how that was actually done. See the big fans working, and see the rainmakers working, that would be interesting.
I'll have to get us the credit kid to DVD, like I got us the original film on DVD, which had all these cool special features. So there still is a place for DVDs in this world because you get content that is not online, like special features. And maybe it's on YouTube sometimes, but then the quality is suspect. So we'll have to look into that.
I realized that a few years ago when I was streaming content from YouTube, or rather from Netflix. And I was saying, wait a second, this movie doesn't have the behind the scenes, like the DVD has, you're missing so much content, if we're only doing streaming extremely exclusively, we're missing all kinds of cool content, director's commentary, special features. So I definitely do appreciate DVDs for that
you make a good point, because the commentaries on films are kind of forgotten about much like the special features, but in particular, the commentaries, and I wish that some service like Audible, or even Netflix had that as an option. You want to do the commentary, just click here, it would cost hardly anything very small amount of bandwidth. I don't even have to see the movie. I just want to listen to the audio. So that is a good point. That's why DVDs will still have a place in blu rays for years to come and are until you can stream everything. So anyway. So you're right chosen has shown his true colors. He's a bully when he's got his crew. But when asked to put his own life on the line, he cowers away, and hides in shame. So Daniel is left on his own and gets the girl comes down. She's too big for him to carry her. So Sato who had just been saved by Daniel and Mr. Miyagi comes out of the shelter and carries the girl gives Daniel look or a smile. And they both you know struggle back in and take shelter
while Sato availed himself to go out there because at first Miyagi was going to go out there, right. But then remember Santo says, Miyagi let me go so he offered himself to go so he went up there to help complete the task. And yeah, Daniel, remember that? That maneuver with the belt. So Daniels up there on the belterra with this little girl, there's like some sparks coming off the wires hit him hit the bell, and then he took off his belt and like hit the wire to get the wire down. So he totally saved this little girl's life. She would have been electrocuted.
And then it was great to see Sato who he wasn't injured. He was stuck. So he still had the strength and the wherewithal to come out and help carry the little girl and help Daniel in. And that was nice moment. But meanwhile chosen is, is stewing. But you kind of know now things are different, right? It feels like triumphant, if you will, I no longer felt like there was going to be a fight to the death. And sure enough, the next day, which is a beautiful clear day, sunny, and Sato shows up. And what happens now,
Sato arrives in the Cadillac, and he's in his work clothes, like we would never we've only seen him in these expensive suits. He comes in these like work clothes, like he's working with FEMA. He goes, I come help rebuild. And he gives here's the deed to the village he gives the deed to the village to Miyagi, and he says to me, Auggie forgive me, I beg you. So he really humbles himself, before Miyagi, because the night before was a real turning point, a huge turning point for everybody in the characters. And the village itself, Miyagi Pat's, him on the shoulder, there's nothing to forgive, and Daniel esatto, if they can have the bond dance, or they a bond dance at the castle. Sato agrees. So not only does the deed get given back to the people of the village, but they get to have their celebration, and the bond dance at the castle where it belongs, where it should be.
I totally agree. It does belong there. It's wonderful to see Sato come to his senses, and, and just for the first time be more like a human being in touch with his feelings and his friendship. My only complaint would be that it just happened so fast. You know, it was 180. But I know it was a big traumatic thing the night before. But I'm just shocked that he couldn't see the kindness and goodness in Miyagi, to come around sooner. But hey, nonetheless, he's here. It's wonderful to see and all as well in the village.
Hang on, though, because you bring up a very good point. Like I personally don't necessarily believe people can do these 180 degree turns, let alone overnight, but I bring up from a cinephile perspective. I bring up a Christmas carol, one of my favorite Christmas tales. Ebenezer Scrooge did a 180 in one night. It was one night that he does a 180. So if Ebony's would have three acts, okay. But he was given truth syrup. He was given a kick in the in the rear. And that's what Sato had Sato saw. He saw the truth behind chosen. He saw the truth behind Miyagi and Daniel, so he was able to see the truth. He had a lesson and then he was able to do a 180 degree turn in one night. Now, does that happen in real life? I don't know. Does it happen in movies? Obviously, it does.
Yeah. Well, he was just so angry, you know, had he not been over the top, we never even saw another side to Sato. It's not like it started at one and it grew to this 10. Now he was always like, ready to kill, and total change. So I think some of that, you know, it was just a little bit. He didn't even feel like a real person. And all of a sudden, here he is. He's a human being. And he's, he's got emotion. And he cares about a city. So I kind of dismissed him as the stuck.
It's one of those things where a popular cinema device is to allow the audience to sympathize with the villain. That's a prior I think thing device happening back in the 80s. I don't think we sympathize with the villains yet. That didn't come about till later. So the villains are kind of one dimensional, until they're either killed, or have their change of heart as Ebenezer Scrooge or Sato. Yeah. So I think that these characters were unfortunately a little bit ahead of their time, where we didn't really get to see. Wow, Ebenezer Scrooge, we did get to see some of his youth. Yeah. But you know what, now that you mentioned it, so we could have seen another side of Sato Yeah. So that his turn becomes a little more believable.
Flashbacks could have helped, because anything to show me that he was a good person, rather than just hearing about how they trained together. They were friends. I needed to see it. But I was thinking about what movie have I seen that happening? And interesting enough, is the Rocky franchise. Apollo Creed started as the villain, right? Yeah. And through the movies, he became friends with Rocky. He trained him in Rocky three. He eventually dies. Spoiler alert, he dies in Rocky four. And so that was an interesting way to take the villain and bring him in as one of the heroes. That was an interesting thing. This is just done at a breakneck speed was Sato. And something's dismissing. You know, if it's timing, if it's some scenes that were cut, for whatever reason, maybe they never shot them. Maybe the script is more flushed out. And hey, we can't do that we've got these special effects in this movie. We've got a lot going on, we have to focus on these things. And I think there's this is something a little false here and there and this movie. That's all. I'm happy to see him at this point. Yeah, it's awesome that him and Miyagi can shake hands again, and the village is saved. And yeah, of course, it's wonderful. So all that to say, it leads up to the village is going to have their huge celebration. And it looks fantastic sell. It's well orchestrated. It's super colorful with these costumes and music and dancing. And of course, you have Kimiko there, and she takes center stage. And what does she do?
She's getting ready to do a solo fan dance. And she's a little nervous. Daniel gives her encouragement. And by the way, Daniel is in a sweet, sweet red robe. Where did this come from? We've never seen this before. This is not a part of the Miyagi family. Tradition is this sweet red robe that like any self respecting pimp woodware This is uh, who's the Playboy guy?
Yeah, this is Hugh Hefner style rope. Where did this come from?
Awesome. Did Kimiko also make this because she's amazing.
That would have been funny if she made the 50s dance clothes. And this robe by hand.
Yeah, it's pretty cool. I'd like to have one. And maybe there's a figure that you can get with Daniel wearing this.
You know what, that would be an interesting thing because the toy makers have explored the Karate Kid universe, namely the original movie Karate Kid. They have not really explored karate kid too. Yeah, if they made it a Daniel Russo action figure with this red rope. I am buying it.
I'd also like to get Daniel on the blue talks with the car all day.
What if What if a Daniel Russo blue Tux action figure actually came with the the 1948 Super Deluxe? That would be totally cool. Oh,
boy, the break off bumper. That's great. So Kimiko is preparing for this is like the big number. Everything is kind of leading to this moment in the film. Everyone's watching her all eyes on her. So what happens now?
Well, there she is. Kumiko looking fantastic and beautiful beginning her solo dance. starts the dance opens up a fan As is the tradition. Very soon. We see chosen sliding in behind Kumiko on an overhead wire sliding in on this thing. I like ziplining in. Yes, exactly. Exactly. He puts a butterfly knife and it's definitely a butterfly knife because I used to have one myself, puts a butterfly knife to cubicles neck, threatening her life. He challenges Daniel. Miyagi tells Daniel it's not a tournament. It's for real. He's letting him know. There's no points here. There's no referee here. Daniel walks over chosen says no bridge. So Daniel kicks away the bamboo bridge. Chosen throws away the knife and throws away Kumiko. And now it's Daniel unchosen facing off.
So Kimiko was doing her dance on the stage. But there's kind of like this huge moat around it, if you will. It's a big drop off. And there's a little bit of bridge and everyone's sitting, you know, and like auditorium type seating, but natural like stone or whatever this cave is made of, and watching her. So when he comes ziplining and Daniel came over the bridge, he makes him throw the bridge. And now it's this the three of them really in here and no one can save them. I mean, no one can make the jump. There's probably another bridge somewhere. But they're all just watching and banking on Daniel, which it does make me think that they they did all just assume Daniel could find him. And Kimiko is life's at danger. I'm surprised that someone else didn't have like a backup plan.
I know that when Kumiko was just laying there after having been hit by chosen. She was laying there for a while I really wanted somebody in the crowd to say, Hey, let us grab her. Let us take her. And then you guys go about you know you guys go about your fight because she was laying there for a while how she could have been dead for all they know.
So there's no one have like blow darts or something that could reach chosen. Like everyone's just sitting there like Okay, let's go Daniel. I mean, theoretically, Daniel could die and can mediocre die.
Yeah, I mean, start throwing stuff. Yeah,
our staffs or someone's got a bow and arrow. It's like no one went into a backup mode. I mean, maybe there was maybe there was some sort of Sniper at the top. And we Auggie would just nod to Mr. Sato. It may start to work for the military,
but it's not too hard. have only those three thugs and when they're gone, he has no replacements because if he did have some back of thugs, then he can stick to them on chosen. You know, so what the hell happened with that he only had three guys and that was it.
I mean, he's trained US military for 40 years. He's got an F G eyes on his payroll, but it caught them by surprise. They're out of celebration. Anyway, that's just me being nitpicky. But I just think the stakes are high. You know, he
did warn him and he said, chosen. Don't do this. And then Miyagi said, Don't dishonor your uncle here. I'm trying to do my Japanese accents brother.
Oh, that's good. It's good. Yeah. But the fight is on and this is it all Valley and chosen, does the unthinkable, Sal, he does the unthinkable. And he counters the crane technique, the infamous Crane Kick, of which Miyagi said What Sal?
If done, correct. No can defense
but yet chosen did and maybe it wasn't as good a form, but nonetheless, there it was, he defended it. And how did he defend a Saudi remember,
okay. So, this is gets into what I mentioned earlier. So you look at the lineage, you had Mr. Miyagi his dad teaching his son, Mr. Miyagi. And Sato, then the lineage goes down, Miyagi side to Daniel and it goes down Sato side to chosen theoretically chosen should know all the moves, Daniel knows, right. It should stand to reason based on the lineage of the master disciple,
I would assume when Mr. Miyagi fled, that Miyagi his father was no longer sockos active teacher since a master, that just be my assumption that a father wouldn't continue to train someone after all of that bad blood had spilt. And I would then assume Sato probably sought out another master or since they are developed his own style based on everything he'd already known. And so maybe new techniques happened, kind of the crease way took place. That's just my assumption.
The reason why I would disagree with that is because Sato was there at Mr. Miyagi, his dad's deathbed. And then he was he was there in the village, I think that Sato has been a part of Mr. Miyagi. He's dad's life, all these years, in one way or another, maintaining some sort of closeness with him.
I don't think he turned his back on him, I just think they may be stopped training together, not out of hatred, but almost out of respect, maybe Miyagi, his father's like, I'm no longer doing that anymore. I could see that. And Sato is like, great. You know, I understand, I'll go over here. Now I'll fight these tournaments, or I'll start my own dojo, he must have immediately got into it. And he's working with GI is on his own, and kind of, you know, how you learn everything you can from your parents, and then you go on and become your own person. I could see how Sato
did that. So in other words, you don't think that Chozen should know the moves of Daniel Russo? Just because you go to their upline lineage find the same teacher?
Well, I think they would know a lot of the similar things, right? Because they have the core of training initially. But I think at some point, it could just change. So yes, I think Daniel is a lot less skilled. Let's be honest, he's not even been in class. But what one year with Mr. Miyagi? How many months? Is it six months, beginning of this movie? And what was it like three before that? So he said, I've been training martial arts for a year. So he's far less experienced than someone like chosen. I always just saying Sato probably then started to bring in different aspects, more aggressive training, he was training with all these military people. And that's all I was saying it was probably more robust. I think Daniel unchosen probably do know a few things the same and chosen is obviously seeing the Crane Kick and someone who's a little bit slower and probably not good at disguising it, or, you know, I don't know, but he just seen it a lot. Which, you know, Miyagi is lying about, there's no defense forever. If you always seen it, like I said, in earlier podcasts, you don't have to go into it. You could just wait it out. But anyway, it was interesting to see that that's Daniel's go to and chosen had no problem with it at all.
No, no, no.
So Daniel is definitely a better fighter now. But he's never faced someone. The skilled and I do think he's hanging in there. He's definitely getting some shots here and there, but he's being outmatched, and it's not looking good. So well. One thing
I realized, and I didn't realize this until the last time I watched the movie Daniel's wearing jeans. So how difficult Do you think it would be to get some major kicks in wearing jeans versus your opponent who may be wearing something that allows you a little more mobility?
Oh, you make a good point. Maybe it was the jeans it was the denim that slowed the crane kick down. Just enough for chosen to get a hold of it. Yeah, not my preferred choice. I've never gone to class and tried to do all of our kicks with jeans on I much prefer a GI that is looser. So yeah, not ideal for Daniel didn't help him. But even beside that, I mean, this is a fight to the death. And he just doesn't have as much to draw on as chosen. But things begin to change. The the essence of Miyagi karate begins to unfold, and what starts to happen
all of a sudden, and I say all of a sudden, because I don't think anybody was expecting this. Miyagi starts on the den den dicho handrim, then everyone starts on their own and you have a whole arena in this castle ruins, a whole arena of people doing their twisting Denden dicho drum. So Daniel then whips into the drum technique as taught by Miyagi karate. It's an interesting sequence in the way that it's film because you don't normally see fight sequences filmed this close up, you see about a quarter shot of Daniel from the waist up, and then you see over the shoulder have chosen and then you see Daniel initiating the drum technique, which is the side to side torque side to side side to side. And you see him besting chosen using the Denden taiko drum technique. And this goes back to what I said before, why doesn't chosen know this also. So somewhere along Sato is teaching last, the origins of Miyagi karate, which is the drum technique.
Yeah, he probably omitted that, or who knows. Or maybe he caught him by surprise. So now Daniel does a series of hits. And it is a super tight camera. And it kind of looks like to me that his hands are, he has them clasped together and he's doing a double handed hit, but it's so tight, you just can't tell. So whatever it is, he does a series of hits to the right hits with the left hits with the right hits with the left and chosen is reeling, and just kind of succumbs to it, which leads us to this big finale.
So he delivers the drum technique. He conceivably has won the battle. He goes over to chosen grabs him by the hair by the back of the head. And he says live or die, man. I think he says man, right. Live or die, man. I think he does. Yeah. And chosen says die. And then Daniel says wrong and gives them a honk on his nose. Just like Miyagi did to crease outside of the all valid tournament.
Oh my gosh. Another honk.
Well, you don't like the honk to you.
I didn't mind this one as much as the first one. But it's fitting it bookends the movie, the two big intense scenes. I mean, I guess that well, that first fight sequence was supposed to be more intense with Creason Miyagi, but it wasn't. But no, I didn't mind this one as much because obviously Dana's not going to kill chosen, and he'd already won. And chosen his life is, well, he's gonna live without honor. So hey, Daniel is one Karate Kid and one karate kid too. He is the winner. Just like the first film, Daniel gets the girl.
Yeah, so two films in a row, Daniel gets the victory and gets the girl.
And just like the first film, The ending is quite similar, isn't it?
We have Miyagi looking on at his students victory and smiling. And that's the end.
The only difference is in the original it was a still shot. And then we you know, we're on Miyagi. And this one it's live action. Yes, Miyagi. And that's the only difference, but I loved it. I did. That's a great send off. And that's it. Karate Kid. Part two.
I loved it. I really did.
It's a really good film. I enjoy it. I think it is so much stronger than the other two karate kids that have Mr. Miyagi in them. And yeah, like I said, a lot of adult storylines, incredible scenes of the romance high stakes. And it's a really good film. And yes, it could have been even stronger, but it holds up and it's nice to go back and when we've lost Pat Merida many years years ago, and his legacy and Mr. Miyagi his legacy lives on. And this movie, I mean, Had this not been part of the Karate Kid franchise, it would be very sad. You know, there's a lot that comes from this movie,
I would definitely say Miyagi lives on, he lives on in all of the sequels. And he lives on in Cobra Kai, Miyagi is will always live. And that's why I really foresee sometime in the future, we see a world a Karate Kid universe that goes backward. And we begin to see Miyagi as a child. And of course, you will probably see Sato as a child, you get to see his father maybe get to see Miyagi his mother. So I think that there is a wonderful opportunity here, considering what has occurred recently with Cobra Kai, a wonderful opportunity to revisit the Karate Kid universe. Way back when?
Yeah, I totally agree. I've spent Pat Marine has gone but yeah, Miyagi, his character will live forever. And they've already had that one scene and Cobra Kai, which leads me to believe maybe it's them. Maybe it's someone else. He's just such a great character, that you could do more with them. You could recast it and you could do Miyagi the early years, he is endless to do things with. So I liked that idea, for sure. And at some point in time, we might have to watch this Karate Kid cartoon to see what they did. Well, what a young I'm unfamiliar with.
No, I haven't seen that either.
So yeah, I mean, what we do know about the third movie is that, unfortunately, Yuki, a UPA and Kimiko are not in it. Spoiler, I know. Well, you've had enough time the audience has had enough time to seek credit get three. I think there's an expiration on some boilers
is like, like, Hey, man, I want to see Gone With the Wind, but I don't want any spoilers before I say.
I don't need spoilers. So yeah, you know, that's unfortunate. I would love to have seen UTA and Miyagi you know, come back to the US.
What because Karate Kid three opens with them coming back, coming back from Okinawa at the airport, right? empty handed? Absolutely. Why aren't there ladies with them? Yeah, well,
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