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The Karate Kid Part II (1986)



Critic Consensus: Like countless sequels, The Karate Kid Part II tries upping the stakes without straying too far from formula -- and suffers diminishing returns as a result.

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This sequel to the 1984 surprise hit The Karate Kid reunites Ralph Macchio as high-schooler Danny and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita as Danny's martial-arts mentor, Miyagi. Picking up where the first film left off, The Karate Kid Part II finds Danny and Miyagi making an emergency trip to Okinawa, where Miyagi's father is dying. Here they revisit Miyagi's childhood sweetheart (Nobu McCarthy), who, Miyagi believes, had been wheedled into an arranged marriage with loose-cannon karate expert Sato (Danny Kamekona). Little does Miyagi realize that the woman is still single; Sato is still around as well, however, and intent on resuming the fight with his old nemesis. Morita agrees; meanwhile, Danny is challenged by Kamekona's pugnacious nephew (Yuji Okumoto). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita
as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
Ralph Macchio
as Danial LaRusso
Charlie Tanimoto
as Miyagi's father
Bruce Malmuth
as Announcer
Eddie Smith
as Bystander
Garth Johnson
as Autograph Fan
Brett Johnson
as Autograph Fan
Will Hunt
as Postman
Evan Malmuth
as Cab Driver
Raymond Ma
as Cab Driver in Okinawa
Tsuruko Ohye
as Village Woman
Natalie N. Hashimoto
as Kumiko's Street Friend
Diana Mar
as Girl in Video Store
B.D. Wong
as Boy on Street
Wes Chong
as Sato's Houseman
Traci Toguchi
as Bell Ringer
Lee Arnone
as Stewardess #1
Sarah Kendall (II)
as Stewardess #2
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Critic Reviews for The Karate Kid Part II

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

Kid ll is not comparable to its predecessor. It is stale and boring.

August 16, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

There are scattered pleasures throughout the film due to its two lead performances, which are the equal of the work done in the original.

August 12, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to imagine a movie with more complete closure than Avildsen's original "Karate Kid,"... so there's no point to reviving the story, except to exploit a trademark.

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Anyone over the age of 18 is liable to start fidgeting when Macchio dominates the action, but then viewers beyond that advanced age are irrelevant with this film.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The plotline is classic Western morality-play stuff, with the goodies and baddies clearly delineated, but the set pieces are well constructed, and the whole thing is beautifully staged and shot.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Somehow the magic of the first movie is just gone. Is it the absence of Elisabeth Shue? Yes. Probably.

October 21, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Karate Kid Part II

Sequel to The Karate Kid is a mediocre follow-up and quite frankly unnecessary sequel to a great film. This entry is boring and it is more tedious, lazy in its concept, plot and direction, as if the filmmakers didn't care how this one turned out. As far as they were concerned, they already made a great film, so why even try? They tried to differ with a new idea, but it just didn't work. Not even director John G. Avildsen was able to direct a good follow-up to his first Karate Kid movie. This is a pointless entry and it shows. There just isn't any compelling material at work on-screen to really make it stand out as an inspiring film. I was really disappointed in this film, and I did expect a lot more out of it a swell. If only they would have rewritten the script a few more times, maybe the film would have a better chance of being actually a good, entertaining family film. Stick with the first film, as this one misses the mark, and it could have been much better than what it turned out to be. I think it's a shame because the first film was so good, fun, memorable, inspiring and this one just ends up being a tiresome affair that doesn't offer anything really interesting for the viewer. I think it had so much potential, but ultimately, it failed at being the film it should have been. The Karate Kid Part 2 is a prime example of a sequel that fails to deliver what the first one did so well. Simply put a poorly constructed work that really leaves a lot to be desired.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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There is more going on in this movie than the last one, actually I didn't write everything in that summary, but it's easy enough to follow when you watch it. The stakes in this film are higher than the last, making it exciting as well as more complicated. The characters don't change, thankfully, so it's a good, natural continuation to the story. The only part I didn't like was the ending. Although the film is long enough, it leaves you feeling that there could be more that happens next. I hope by seeing the third I will see what happens next, though. It's a very beautiful movie too, set in Japan, with good cinematography. Overall, I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

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not interested

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