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The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)



Critic Consensus: Inspiration is in short supply in this third Karate Kid film, which recycles the basic narrative from its predecessors but adds scenery-chewing performances and a surprising amount of violence.

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John G. Avildsen rehashes his shopworn formula for another go-round in The Karate Kid Part III. Going against the wishes of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), Daniel (Ralph Macchio) will defend his karate title in an All-Valley Championship match arranged by his nemesis Kreese (Martin Kove), whose karate studio folded after his star student lost the championship to Daniel. Kreese's friend, Vietnam veteran and toxic waste dumper Terry (Thomas Ian Griffith), agrees to help his old pal regain the championship trophy. Daniel's rival Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) is known as "the bad boy of karate," and Daniel feels he requires more training to vanquish him. But Mr. Miyagi refuses to help Daniel train for the tournament: "Karate to defend life and honor means something. To defend a plastic trophy means nothing." As a result, Daniel naïvely falls into the clutches of Terry, who takes him on as a karate student. But after Daniel finds himself trapped at the bottom of a cliff and Daniel's girlfriend, Jessica (Robyn Lively), has her life threatened, Mr. Miyagi realizes the bad guys have gone too far and agrees to coach Daniel for the tournament. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Ralph Macchio
as Daniel LaRusso
Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita
as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
Robyn Lively
as Jessica Andrews
Thomas Ian Griffith
as Terry Silver
Martin Kove
as John Kreese
Sean Kanan
as Mike Barnes
Rick Hurst
as Announcer
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Milo
Joseph V. Perry
as Uncle Louie
Diana Webster
as Margaret
C. Darnell Rose
as Delivery Man
Garth Johnson
as Spectator #1
E. David Tetro
as Spectator #2
Helen Lin
as Tahitian Girl #1
Meilani Figalan
as Tahitian Girl #2
Randell Widner
as Sparring Partner #1
Raymond S. Sua
as Sparring Partner #2
Doc Duhame
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Karate Kid, Part III

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

The Karate Kid Part III is a brave but misguided attempt to restate the lesson through a narrative ploy that nearly always works, but here produces no more than recycling.

July 15, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Part III, however, is not merely a disaster of the most uninspired contrivances but is actually unsuitable for youngsters, the series' natural audience.

July 15, 2014 | Full Review…

About all that enlivens The Karate Kid Part III is a screamingly over-the-top performance by Thomas Ian Griffith, who plays a toxic waste magnate and karate buff who hatches a madly complex plot to humiliate Daniel and his teacher.

July 15, 2014 | Rating: 2/4

Morita still charms, Macchio still tightropes between petulence and raw optimism, whilst the fight scenes are competent enough to offset the woeful romantic sub-plotting.

July 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The pattern has so calcified that Gene Autry westerns seem like models of moral complexity by comparison.

June 9, 2010 | Full Review…

The makers of The Karate Kid Part III -- also responsible for its successful predecessors -- have either delivered or taken a few too many kicks to the head along the way.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Karate Kid, Part III

Third entry of The Karate Kid series is already a sign that it is too much and it shows the familiar elements of previous films in the series. The script is horrible, the plot suffers greatly, and the acting and directing are not up to par. There really is no need for a third sequel because part 2 was already pretty bad and pointless. This film lacked a truly engaging plot, great acting and good, memorable moments. The third film is a horrible, dull experience and it doesn't do anything to entertain you. Fragments of the original plot are still here, but the film lacks in new, effective ideas that really works. I hated the film, was really bored with it, and just when you think the franchise would get worst, they filmed The Next Karate Kid, which was awful, and went where the previous films went. The only difference is, the first one was a great, well written, memorable and fun picture that was compelling; however these films fail to deliver the magic that the original did. Poor acting, with a poor script and top it off with poor, sketchy directing from director John G. Avildsen, who directed the first one, it's a shame that he couldn't recapture the moments of the original. This is a bland addition to the series that isn't worth checking out. This third film adds nothing truly compelling, and I truly hated this film, and it's even clearer that sequels to the original were not necessary whatsoever. Watch with caution.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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Pretty much as good as the first one. Two real badasses here...

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


A so-so third effort as the original rival sensi from the first wants help from his old army buddy to get revenge.

Dean King
Dean King

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