Next Karate Kid, The (1994)
Front Cover Actor
Pat Morita Sgt. Kesuke Miyagi (as Noriyuki "Pat" Morita)
Hilary Swank Julie Pierce
Michael Ironside Colonel Dugan
Constance Towers Louisa Pierce
Chris Conrad Eric McGowen
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad Abbot (as Arsenio Trinidad)
Michael Cavalieri Ned
Walt Goggins Charlie
Jim Ishida Tall Monk
Rodney Kageyama Monk
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Miyagi
Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad Abbot Monk
Eugene Boles Mr. Wilkes
Joy Todd Wison
Steven Mark Friedman Ted
Chris Conrad (II)
Movie Details
Genre Action; Comedy; Drama
Director Christopher Cain
Producer Jerry Weintraub
Writer Robert Mark Kamen; Mark Lee
Studio Sony Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 1 hr 47 mins
Country USA
Color Color
A vast improvement over its immediate predecessor, The Karate Kid III, this appealingly understated 1994 drama features a compelling performance by Hilary Swank, who would later win a Best Actress Oscar® for her work in Boys Don't Cry. Swank plays 17-year-old Julie Pierce, the recently orphaned and troubled granddaughter of an old war buddy of Miyagi Yakuga (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, the lone holdover from the previous Karate Kid films). Harassed at school by adolescent boys under the sway of an evil coach (Michael Ironside), Julie reluctantly finds refuge in the calm teachings of Mr. Miyagi. While the film's violence is as contrived and silly as that of the other KK features, the script provides exotic compensations via a subplot set in a peaceful Buddhist monastery. Still, it's Morita's crafty professionalism and Swank's emotional authenticity that makes this film more watchable than anyone might have expected. --Tom Keogh
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1505
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/8/05
Purchase Price $7.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 043396059931
Release Date 8/28/01
Subtitles Chinese; English; French; Korean; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen