In the eighties, the high-concept movie was in vogue. Thanks largely to 70’s blockbusters Jaws and Star Wars, the eighties saw the repackaging of formula for audiences wanting to rekindle the thrills. If the roller coaster ride ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The amount of sequels that appeared in the 1980s was unheard of before. Many, unfortunately, were poor imitations, and few did better box office than the original film. Yet some were surprisingly good, especially when talented – even visionary – filmmakers were behind the camera. Somewhere between true stinkers (like Caddyshack 2) and improvements of the original (like The Empire Strikes Back) you can find a sequel that may not live up to the original, but can still be an enjoyable continuing story. So grab your plane ticket for Okinawa, Japan and start practicing your best drum technique as Tim Williams and guest co-host Ron West discuss “The Karate Kid Part II” from 1986 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback podcast.
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Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver
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