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The Karate Kid

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The Karate Kid

This remake of the 1984 hit starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita is produced by the young co-lead's parents (Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith), with the action moving from America to China, and the karate consequently replaced by kung fu.

After the death of his father, Dre Parker's (Jaden Smith) mother Sherry (Taraji P Henson) takes up a job offer in Beijing, where the 11-year-old is enrolled in a local school.

Sadly, it's not long before the lad falls foul of the inevitable bullies. But he's saved from a beating by the kindly caretaker Mr Han (Jackie Chan), who uses his considerable prowess to turn Dre's attackers' moves against them, to humiliating effect.

Following this incident, the quiet martial arts master reluctantly agrees to teach the American child how to look after himself, starting a journey that is set to culminate in Dre's participation in a major kung fu tournament - and his chance to turn the tables on his former assailants.

In English, and Chinese with English subtitles.

(2010) Cert: PG

The Karate Kid synopsis

Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith star in this family martial arts adventure remake

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