Jan. 8, 2021

#21 - "The Karate Kid" (1984) with Ron West

#21 -

The 1980s was a golden era for blockbuster hits, and countless films released during this decade have gone on to become cult-classic films. One '80s movie that has certainly stood the test of time and continues to wax on in cinematic glory is The Karate Kid, which-- more than 30 years later-- is still adored by audiences of all ages. Not only did The Karate Kid provide an arsenal of catchphrases that seem to appropriately fit into almost any situation, it also, more importantly, inspired generations to stand up against bullies. Martial arts classes boomed thanks to this underdog story, and new people continue to be drawn to karate thanks to the heroic determination demonstrated in the film’s plot line. The Karate Kid’s legacy is also seen through a few of its sequels, its 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and its most recent comeback with the YouTube and Netflix series Cobra Kai. There’s a reason this film has had such an enduring appeal, as its predominant message of overcoming obstacles through hard work is something everyone can feel inspired by.
If all this nostalgia has you wanting to sweep the leg, get your fly-catching chopsticks out, and find your inner crane, then you’re in the right place as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Ron West, discuss “The Karate Kid” from 1984 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback podcast.

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • Anyone familiar with the film and certainly everyone who has chosen to dress like The Karate Kid for Halloween will know that the Daniel LaRusso look isn’t complete without his blue and white headband. An article in the Huffington Post reveals that this costume choice was actually quite accidental. According to Ralph Macchio himself, Pat Morita just happened to have the lotus-flower print handkerchief in his pocket, and after using it to pat his brow, decided to put it on Ralph’s head. There was no mention of a headband in the script, but this little improvised costume addition has gone down as one of the most recognized pop-culture accessories of all time.


Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, https://screenrant.com/karate-kid-movie-behind-scenes-details-making-trivia/





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