Take Peter Ceter, Pat Morita, Ralph Machio and late 80’s Japan and throw it into a wok, and you get KKII (not the white power independent film Klu karate Kid II). Mr. Miyagi and Daniel take a trip to Okinawa to visit Mr Miyagi’s dying father. After arriving Mr Miyagi finds he still has feelings for an old love. Add some ass kicking karate, and a hot asian teen, and this movie is like playing Double Dragon. This stirs up trouble with an old rival that he originally left Okinawa to avoid. In the mean time Daniel encounters a new love and also makes some enemies. And what entails is Japanaginns (Japanese Shenanigans)
Here is number 8-Karate Kid II (1986)
What I like about KK2, is how the story allows us to learn more about characters that we grew to love in the smashing, yes smashing,1984 movie. Sure the movie continues where the last finished off, not like your normal sequel does which is wicked awesome. Yet it does show us a different side to what we saw in the original movie. This movie has post Chicago Peter Cetera which was my first make out song with a girl in 7th grade. (Hi Jennifer Pickering!)
I feel that is what a sequel is meant to do, be a little bit different and allows us to learn new things about characters that we already know, as in bad fashion in Japan in the 80’s. The story was once again written by Robert Mark Kamen, who I thought wrote the part about Miyagi’s problems back home beautifully, as is the way that we see Daniel assimilate to the customs and traditions of the Okinawa people, and the way that Miyagi’s problems in the end are Daniel’s as well. Surprising Ralph Machio’s career only including various guest sports in Billy Ray Cyrus’s Doc?
Tomorrow, number 7….Iron Eagle
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