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The Karate Kid Part II

action & adventure, children & family, drama

Miyagi travels to Japan to confront an enemy from his past. A brilliant collision of culture and combat.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
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Positive messages
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3 out of 5

Excessive violence mars so-so sequel.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that martial-arts violence and revenge contend with worthy themes of mercy, forgiveness and Japanese culture. Despite lip service to non-violence, the action shows fighting as the ultimate solution to problems, so kids will see lots of threatening behavior, severe karate beatings, and retribution.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why a movie that espouses non-violent solutions is so violent. How does the film maker justify the violent reactions of "good guy" characters? Can you think of other solutions to the predicaments the filmmaker created in order to "force" his characters into violent confrontations?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's a touch on the artificial side, but the sentiment still warms wonderfully, making Part II a lovely continuation, skillfully burning off the happy fumes left behind in 1984.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

- Dan Fienberg,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

This follow up is great for the continuity but not quite as cracking. The look is still gorgeous being in Japan and with an oriental style but the film loses the impact cos its a sequel. The soundtrack isn't as hot and the action kinda loses it appeal as its more street fighting instead of bullies at school. Its still a great kids film with an adult swing to it and the plot is very good showing us more to Morita's Mr Myagi and his native background. All the main cast returned too which really helps, never gonna be as good as the first but still awesome.

- phubbs1, Saturday, June 19, 2010

4 stars

Call me crazy, but I actually really like Part II. I think moving the setting to Okinawa was a great decision and a nice change of pace. You really got to see the bond between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi grow and the challenge of being a Karate Kid. Even though some of the plot from the first is recycled, it's irrelevant when it's so much fun. Who cares if fighting movies are formulaic, I love them anyway. It's an essential part of the series and shows the roots of Miyagi and his wisdom.

- ythelastman89, Friday, June 11, 2010

3 stars

Daniel: Don't those lies bother you? Miyagi: Why should they? Daniel: Because people might not know they're lies. Miyagi: Lies only become truth if other person chooses to believe them. Daniel: Is that another old Okinawan saying? Miyagi: No. New Okinawan saying. Daniel: How new? Miyagi: Let's see... pauses, pretending to think] Miyagi: About ten seconds. A worthy sequel that may not have the memorable charm of the original (beneath a sea of 80s chic) but certainly does not pale in comparison. This film strengthens the Miyagi character, which is nice, it also provides a decent follow up journey for Daniel, but manages to find even more annoying characters to antagonize the leads for the majority of the story. Taking place six months after an opening scene that ties up the ending of the first, Mr. Miyagi receives word from his village in Japan that his father is very sick. Despite having been away from his home for many decades, Miyagi decides it is time to return and see off his father. Daniel joins Miyagi on the trip. Upon arriving, Miyagi and Danial are confronted by an old rival of Miyagi's, who is determined to fight him. Miyagi has no desire to participate in this, but is certainly pushed to his limits by this man. Meanwhile, Daniel takes in the local flavor of Okinawa, but is soon also tasked with both a new love interest as well as a new dick rival. Much of the formula of the first has been transplanted over to this one. While the story is altered enough, this does seem to follow a lot of sequel rules of having things become bigger and seemingly more epic (as far as epic goes for an 80s coming-of-age/karate story). This basically means that the fights matter more and the villains are even more evil. Now while the villains certainly are more evil, its because they are much bigger dicks. Because of this, the enjoyment of cheese/on my nerves factor was playing a big role in me appreciating the movie. Beyond this aspect though, despite being way longer than it needed to be, the film is still very watchable and does its job for the most part. Pretty solid all around. Daniel: You think you could break a log like that? Miyagi: Don't know. Never been attacked by a tree.

- DrZeek, Friday, April 9, 2010