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the price of honor, the power of friendship: [Sep. 19th, 2004|10:35 pm]
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[What's on blast? |"glory of love" by peter cetera]

the karate kid part 2 is one of those movies where if i come across it flipping through the channels, i HAVE to watch it. i dont care if my grandma is outside laying on the sidewalk cause she fell out of her wheelchair, grandma is gonna have to wait cause im watching karate kid 2. i love this movie. its not in my top 5 of all time but for sheer enjoyment, its top 10 for sure. i rank it waaay higher than the first. see, most people will cite the first karate kid as the best in the series whenever/IF EVER the topic of "karate kid" comes up, and thats fine. they have absolutely no idea what theyre talking about, but thats fine. the karate kid part 2 is the shiny gem of all the movies in the series. although i feel that this movie should have been 3rd instead of 2nd in the series, it still trumps the first one with ease and the third one without a whimper.

quick synopsis: mr miyagi receives a letter from okinawa informing him of his father being very, very sick. mr miyagi returns to japan to go back to see his father for the last time. and is forced to confront his former best friend sato who has a problem with miyagi over an old girlfriend. and daniel comes along and falls for a local japanese girl while at the same time has to deal with satos nephew and number one karate pupil, "chozen". the story just deals with miyagi dealing with sato and daniel dealing with chozen all the while falling for a local okinawan girl, kumiko. simple, nothing fancy.


compared to the first karate kid, this one is just better in nearly every aspect.

characters:

minus daniel and mr. miyagi both whom are great and share a great chemistry(they make two people who have an age difference of like 50 years seem like such great friends, and YOU BELIEVE IT!) with one another. the bad guys sato and his nephew chozen are much rougher and tougher bad guys than the peon cobras from the first movie. i mean sato and mr. myagi have a past and is literally his arch nemesis. he also has skills on par with miyagi. and chozen, daniels "nemesis" for this movie is a bad ass too. a completely hilarious at times bad ass, but a bad ass nonetheless. i mean for one, hes a japanese cat who was taught by sato who was taught by miyagis father. daniel isnt facing a weakling cobra kai johny lawrence here, this is the real deal. also, the girl in this movie is hotter(elizabeth shue is fine, but she always struck me as being a bitch) and i like her more cause she had that shy, sweet, "local island girl" thing going for her. man, shes a cutie.



setting:

it dosent get much better than japan. japan is such a beautiful place, its much nicer to look at then the streets of new jersey. in japan you just feel things are more serious here, i mean the name of the movie is called "karate" kid and what better place to have karate kid take place then...japan!

climax:

i liked the first karate kid's final match, it was exciting and it introduced the world to that goofy crane stance every kid my age at the time would emulate when playing "karate" at school or in the streets.(holy god, if you could only count the number of pictures i did that pose in, it would stagger your mind) daniel even got his leg messed up before the final kick(which greatly added to the suspense) and was all limping which made you go "oh shit hes done for!" then BAM! goofy crane kick to the dome! its great. but the final showdown with daniel and chozen is better. cause first of all, chozen comes swinging down from the rafters "bad guy entrance" style like it was straight out of a movie.(oh wait) and takes kumiko hostage and holds a knife to her throat telling daniel to fight him to the death or kumiko dies!(see what i mean? screw the goofy crane kick, we get knives to throats and death matches here!) and before daniel goes to fight him, miyagi says to him: "this not tournament...this is for real." and goes on to fight one of the corniest fight scenes ever. no "crouching tiger hidden dragon" action here. and daniel goes on to win but "spares his life" haha.



music:

now here is where karate kid 2 runs away from the first one. not really for the score of the film but the theme song. "glory of love" by peter cetera is one of the classic love power ballads of all time. everytime i hear it it makes me pump my fist in the air with the beat and profess my love with all my heart. its such a sappy song but it is a PERFECT sappy song. probably the best sappy 80's love song ever. peter ceteras voice is what made the band: chicago. i love chicago but they werent the same when peter cetera left. the one gripe i had with the music was that they DIDNT play this song all throughout the movie. they play a little bit when daniel and kumiko have their little love montage where they race on the beach and then they play it in 'almost' its entirety at the end credits. but i can never get enough of "glory of love". im actually listening to it right now as i type this. yup, one fist in the air to profess my love and one arm typing these very words. "i am the man, who will fight, for your honor/i'll be the hero, youre dreaming of, we'll live forever, knowing together that we did it all for the glory of looooove..." *sigh*

so the next time the subject of karate kid comes up and someone says that the original karate kid is better than the second one, remember to "crane kick" em in the face.

all pics from: http://www.fast-rewind.com/kkid/
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[User Picture]From: dj_metroid
2004-09-10 11:23 pm (UTC)

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LOL...Damn,your a good writer. Everything ive read just brings back a lot of forgotten nostalga for me. BTW I still do the crane kick stance from time to time.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-11 02:53 pm (UTC)

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man, thanks for REALLY KIND words. no ones ever said they like my writing. yeah this movie brings it back to 86' when doing the crane stance would get the girls to like you in elementary school. and i still do the crane stance as well every now and then, but it dosent work as well at getting the ladies like it use to haha.
[User Picture]From: korean_guy_01
2004-09-10 11:27 pm (UTC)

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I last watched that movie around 2000, on my aunt's satellite. I managed to find part III on DVD for less than $10 at Sam's in 2002 so I had to pick it up.

Part II is the best, so no need for me to get into the politics of my choice here. :P
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-11 12:19 am (UTC)

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yup, part 2 is the best by far.
[User Picture]From: kukavan
2004-09-10 11:39 pm (UTC)

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i've never seen a karate kid movie...do i need to see the original before part 2? your synopsis will probably have me all caught up though :P
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-11 12:24 am (UTC)

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you know what? im leaning towards 'yes' cause it gives you the WHOLE picture. you appreciate part 2 more by watching the first. if you do take the karate kid plunge, do watch the first one first. the good thing is it gets better from there.
From: arkera
2004-09-11 12:37 am (UTC)

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Please see Part I before Part II, Part I lays some VERY important ground work as far as character development goes...

Both are excellent though, so no worries. ^_~
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-11 12:43 am (UTC)

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^hows sierra treating ya? learn anything cool in japanese class?
From: arkera
2004-09-13 02:12 am (UTC)

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Eh... we're still dealing with the basics of sentense structure really. It's all pretty cool!
[User Picture]From: m4n3k1_n3k0
2004-09-11 12:40 am (UTC)

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you are perhaps the coolest guy i've ever known.
you once asked me if i was a teacher. i'm going to ask you now if you are a retro columnist for an alternative/underground magazine. because if you aren't, you damn well should be.

heh... i loved that song. glory of love. man. that brings back so many memories.
i hated the karate kid series. unfortunately, i loved the first three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, as well as Transformers: The Movie (in the theater, Spike actually yells "SHIIIIIIIT" .. which didn't appear in the home video version), and the movie Heavy Metal. weird. but i couldn't stand all that wax on wax off crap.

but what a great song.

speaking of video games!!!
o_O (huh??)
"Stop. Judge. White."
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-11 12:56 am (UTC)

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man, your words are waaay too kind. thanks alot though, seriously. haha and no im not a retro columnist for an mag.(but honestly, thats always been a dream of mine, funny you mention it)

hey thats totally cool you hated the karate kid movies, you know why? cause at least you loved "glory of love". and that right there shows great character. i also loved the TMNT series of movies! after II it fell off for me but the first two, oh shit! i literally dropkicked any kid that got between me and my vhs copy at the store when it was released. you dont even want to know what i did to kids at the threatrical release. and the transformers movie made me cry cause that one autobot died.

ive never seen heavy metal though. its such a cult classic, funny ive never got around to viewing it. i will hit up hollywood video saturday.
From: m4n3k1_n3k0
2004-09-11 05:29 am (UTC)

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don't go out of your way to see heavy metal, unless you really really really like the canadian cast of SCTV (circa 1981) and you really really really like crapass animation that looks like ralph bakshi was just getting through a nasty divorce and had a hangover and had a stroke to limit the use of his drawing arm and just didn't care. why, if those conditions apply to you, you may be a winner!


tell me why one single autobot (Arcee, pictured above) would have breasts? you don't see any of the other autobots with monster packages, do ya?


o_O
errrr.... i stand corrected. Skywarp was the ladies' man.

O_O`
hmmmm.... so was Starscream. damn those pilot types.

@_@
christ on a pogo stick!

[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-11 10:30 am (UTC)

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damn thos epilot types. starscream had the most annoying voice for a cartoon character ever. and i like how the make teh girl robot pink. wow, how obvious. the put alot of thought into arcee. "lets give her robo tits and color her pink." and i didnt really like it when transformers went all futuristic on that planet. what the hell happened? was that the same "series"? i mean i was really young but i never saw the JUMP over to the future? what happened to optimus prime and jazz and all them? did they find a time warp or something? weird.

i never checked sctv but i want to.
[User Picture]From: cellkiller_hell
2004-09-11 07:24 am (UTC)

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the chozen guys looks like the dad from that disney movie Johnny Tsunami...shui...karate kid movies are shui...isn't there one with a girl too? she's pretty attractive...
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-11 10:32 am (UTC)

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yeah it was hilary swank if i remember correctly? i think it was part 4 or 5 actually i think it was 4. i dont think they made a 5.
[User Picture]From: swishnflick
2004-09-11 08:19 am (UTC)

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Completely agree with you...I loved the first Karate Kid. It was on the other day, and I had put aside whatever it was I was working on so I could watch it. It's been forever since I've seen the 2nd one, but I remember just loving it so much more than the first one...now I'm going to have to go rent it just so I can fully appreciate it for what a great movie it is. But every time I hear "Glory of Love", I crank up the radio, and I get mental images of Karate Kid and the him with the bonzai tree on the side of the cliff. Plus, the song just rocks...gets me all emotional. When I was a teenager, I wanted it as my main song at my future wedding. And maybe I still do...lol.
Thanks for the review...brought back some good memories. :D
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-11 10:37 am (UTC)

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i crank up "glory of love" as well swish. its the perfect wedding song. i bet a million coupled had it as their song in the 80's. that and "for always" by atlantic star(which i love to death as well) were THE 80's wedding songs.

how many people have converted to browncoats swish? my lucky number is 2 haha. keep fighting the good fight.
[User Picture]From: westside_rider
2004-09-11 11:33 am (UTC)

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its not very often that i enjoy a second movie over the first, but i agree with you on this one, in all aspects that you put across. id have to say that whenever karate kid is brought up in conversation that i always picture the ending fight scene in karate kid II.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-12 12:14 am (UTC)

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im like 50/50 when it comes to sequels sometimes they can be so much better than the first but sometimes, it can be catastrophic.
From: goddesszero
2004-09-11 01:37 pm (UTC)

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Now I want to rent the entire Karate Kid series invite half a dozen people over and retro it out. I thought the karate kid was the end all and be all in hottness when I was two. Gawd. The memories!
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-12 12:16 am (UTC)

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make sure im one of the 12 haha. i'll arrive with my "mr. miyagi is my father" sandwich board ringing my bell.
[User Picture]From: 6alpha6omega6
2004-09-12 12:57 am (UTC)

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damn everytime you write something, i'm all like "yeah, I so feel you on that" I actually look forward to what you say, cause I know there not gonna be anything stupid to deal with. but your right about the movie. its sooo good
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-12 11:05 am (UTC)

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i try to keep my stupidity to a minimum haha. but if i hold it in too long it BUILDS up and i end up doing something REALLY stupid like forget to breathe or something. so i let my stupidity out in small increments. thanks for the kind words alpha.
[User Picture]From: dorien
2004-09-12 08:24 am (UTC)

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the crane kick can nevar lose!
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-12 11:06 am (UTC)

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NEVAR!
[User Picture]From: theholymcnugget
2004-09-17 02:00 am (UTC)

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"Live... or die?"

"Die."

"Honk!"

Didn't the Crane Kick fail in part 2?

Anyway, you were recommended by dj_metroid as an "it read". So, I'm adding you. Cool?

Oh, and yes part two was much better. Better villians is reason alone. As a whole though I'm waffling on the soundtrack. Cruel Summer is my jam!
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-09-17 09:30 am (UTC)

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haha! yup that quote is from KK:2, its where he "spares his life" lol.

hey a recommendation, yeah for sure thanks for adding me. im adding you after i type this up.

big shout to dj metroid, cool cat indeed!
From: benwantstolive
2005-01-23 12:28 am (UTC)

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Bro ya bring back good memories for me. KK series is just awesome man.
Still remember when I was a kid used to do the "wax on, wax off" thingy. Haha and yup we'd all did the crane thing once.

Don't mind me adding ya. Ya writing has a certain edge.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2005-01-23 12:38 pm (UTC)

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for sure man, youre added. thanks for the kind words. ive said this so many times to people but i love it when people respond to my older entries.