Just days after the premiere of the theatrical trailer for The Karate Kid, the international version has been released. The film is a remake of the 1984 cult classic that brought us “wax on, wax off” and the undoubted wisdom of Pat Morita. This time around we have “put your jacket on, take your jacket off,” and other wise words from Jackie Chan.
In The Karate Kid, Jaden Smith stars in the the lead as a troubled youth named Dre who encounters severe bullying when he is forced to move overseas to China due to his mother’s job. His mom is played by Academy Award nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, and her character has on rose colored glasses when it comes to seeing the negative impact the move is having on her son.
The one thing that gets under my skin about this movie is its title. The studio bounced back and forth between calling it The Karate Kid and The Kung Fu Kid, eventually settling on the original, BUT in the trailer it’s all about Kung Fu! Jackie Chan even says it to Smith’s character, so why is Karate in the title? Is Karate going to be his hidden technique alongside the Kung Fu? It makes absolutely no sense, but there’s nothing we can do about it now.
Here’s the trailer…
The Karate Kid hits theaters on June 11, 2010.
What do you think of the international version of The Karate Kid trailer? How do you feel about the use of Kung Fu in the film?