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The Karate Kid – re-done…

The Karate Kid – re-done…

So… they’re trampling over my childhood by re-making The Karate Kid. Only this time, Jackie Chan gets to mentor Will Smith’s son. Which instinctively seems a bit odd for no apparent reason.

Fortunately, Jeff Yang’s fascinating article on how martial arts was popularised in the US by black people seems to actually make sense. Although I’m not sure Jackie Chan will be anywhere near as charming as Pat Morita.

Still, maybe its’ reappearance will finally mean that when I start muttering “You, beginner luck!” under my breath, people might actually get the reference. Certainly, references to The Karate Kid were aplenty during my time in that ill-fated British-Chinese comedy sketch group


  • Anivair

    To be fair, some of the first really good martial arts in this country was asian on black (ie: Bruce Lee taking on black students). It was one of the things that the rest of the martial arts community vilified him for.

  • Shari Deutsch

    I thought this was an urban myth!

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