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Karate Kid (2010) - moonspinner
Karate Kid (2010)
I don’t think it’s too early to say that this is going to be my favourite movie of the year. I enjoyed the original, it was a favourite of mine growing up, but this one – I love. I can’t remember the last time I went to the cinema twice to watch a movie but so far, I’ve watched the Karate Kid four times (and counting)!

I’ve read a lot of reviews that keep nitpicking about the title (which, for the record, is only Karate Kid in the US of A and Kung-fu Kid almost everywhere else) and I think those reviews are missing the point, or at least, are failing to see the forest for the trees. Bad marketing name aside, this is not really a movie about a martial arts tournament, nor is it a movie that is particularly about China. What Karate Kid is, is a movie about the unexpected friendship between a young immigrant boy and someone who understands what it means to lose his support system, everything familiar to him that he calls home, and live in a society where his intrinsic worth is ignored because he is foreign. The moral of the story is one that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced prejudice: being foreign, being ‘different’ either by culture or by race is a status. It is not a measure of a person’s worth. All people, regardless of race, culture or background, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Current Mood: impressed impressed

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deaka From: deaka Date: June 24th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to read this, because although the movie's not out yet in Australia, the trailer had potential. Much easier to get excited about a movie knowing the trailer's not just a fluke. :D
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: June 24th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
The best parts aren't even in the trailer. Trust me - you are going to love this film. :D
fialleril From: fialleril Date: June 24th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen it yet, but I'd really like to. Gotta find it in a cheap theater first.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: June 27th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good idea. Love the icon! Eerie...
fialleril From: fialleril Date: June 28th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Here's another like it. :) I kind of love this art.
sunlit_music From: sunlit_music Date: June 27th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen it (it hasn't come out in Australia) but I'd love to! I love how the movie teaches that your worth isn't defined by your culture, but by what you do.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: June 27th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh it's a great movie. When is it coming out in Australia?
sunlit_music From: sunlit_music Date: June 29th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I checked the official website. It's actually come out already since June 11. *facepalms self* I really should check my facts more thoroughly next time.
From: bobill Date: June 28th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Someone who liked the Karate Kid! I was really excited about the commercials but haven't had a chance to see it yet. Still, everyone keeps making fun of it but glad to hear someone say that it's as cool as I'm hoping it'll be!

Focus on prejudice in China is also a happy thing for me, especially from an uplifting, optimistic way. It's really sad how xenophobic my home country can be.
From: bobill Date: June 28th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh and I also forgot the reason I wanted to comment in your journal in the first place! Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great day filled with cake, happiness, cake, presence, and, well, cake!
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