Old vs. New: Karate Kid

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  • mlsterben
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    Even if the G.I. Joe movie ultimately loses to the cartoon, it still deserves accolades for casting Sienna Miller as The Baroness. Yowza. :D

    Also, I would have made the line "Jacket on, jacket off." That would have been a better nudge toward the original reference to jerkin' it.
  • Dark Crow I  - The New Karate Kid
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    I can not stand the new Karate Kid because of the ending(SPOILER AHEAD) I think instead of him winning the tournament he should have lost but gained the respect for doing so well. Although it does make me come of as an evil person I found it funny seeing little kids beating the crap out of each other.
  • Dark Crow I
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    I feel thee need to explain my reasoning a bit more for not liking the remake. It was an ok movie and Jackie Chan saved the movie for me until the end. There is skill and than there is movie miracles, the kid had a few months to learn Kung Fu and in the tournament he was against people who had been training for years. Even if the movie was trying to show that the proper method of training gave you more skill and made you a much more well rounded fighter there is no way that he could match the training of the other kid. Also he had a broken leg, and with his leg broken he managed to pull off a move that we never saw him do or practice. Also the relationship between him and the girl didn't seem real because of their age, maybe a few years later I would believe it but they are still young. Also the movie doesn't seem to factor in the culture shock as much as it should, he seems to adjust way to quickly for a realistic person. Lastly Jaden Smith is not that good of an actor, his dad use his sway to get him into Hollywood and this is very apparent. He may not be the worse child actor but he still seems to lack real emotion, his emotion seems quite forced.
  • Cross X. Brand
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    I did like the movie, however i also agree whole heartidly about the plot holes and Fresh Prince's influence

    I also heard that Jackie and Will almost got into it, cause Jackie recommend to Jaden to loosen his cornroles to help him better train with the least amount of restraint on his head.
  • sennin
    i fully agree with you dark crow,as a martial artist myself there is no way someone with a few months of training could standup against someone with years of training and experience in competition.
    people often overlook that training and standing in a ring fighting are 2 very different things.
    the underdog with little training winning against highly experienced people is a hollywood fabrication,it just doesnt happen in real life .
  • Johnny User
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    It does when the underdog has a gun.
  • Arike475
    Did the NC just rick roll us twice in the same video?
  • Squeejee
    Um, you guys DO realize that both the old and new Karate kid had the same "Kid with a few months of training beats kids with a few years of training" ending, right? I'm a martial artist myself, and I know that ending is a bunch of bull, but that doesn't invalidate the movie.

    Personally, I like the new Karate kid AND the original the same amount, but for different reasons. They did something with this movie that you rarely see in crappy 00's Hollywood remakes, and that thing was something different, even if the basic plot was still the same. I did think that Jaden Smith, while I enjoyed his performance in the role, was WAY too young to play the part he was cast in. The "Kid" was obviously written for a high school age kid, and the writers did nothing to adapt the role to Jaden.
  • Skuzbucketlickmyponybutt  - karate kid
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    I actually haven't seen the new karate kid movie because i was like 'oh great another crappy remake' but from what i saw in this video, it looks like a decent movie. i'm glad. there's been a lot of good movies from my childhood that have been raped by sequels.

    As far as the karate knowledge and experience aspect, I myself have had about 10 years of it in my childhood. I studied Kajukenbo, which is a mix of kung fu, karate, judo & jujitsu and kenpo, and though normally i agree with you guys in saying that a few months of training is not enough; I'd also have to say that it is possible for someone with only a few months of training to competently take on a person with a few years of training-and the age factor actually helps more than hinders. A young kid training for hours every day (with a good teacher mind you) can have an adaptive body, mind and passion for the art. Comparatively an older person (even a teenager) having the same amount of experience may not learn as fast or have a body that adapts to the life style as easily. the older we get, the more our bodies get 'set in their ways' and it takes longer to achieve the same results. Another thing that helps (and thankfully both movies seem to have, but is rare to find in real life in this country) is the attitude/passion. I've seen so many moms/children combos where if something happens to or around the child that they don't like, they'll whine about it to the parent, mama bear comes in to defend her little cub, and the child only learns to whine about things they don't like. I like the concept that these movies come to in that you have to work for what you want and believe you can do it.

    Anyway, that's my 2 cents.
  • Valatsar
    Actually this is fairly believable mostly because the more our minds become cluttered with new techniques the more likely we are to forget the basics. I have seen Martial Artists loss fights to a simple straight punch because they didn't use the basics. There was a Martial Arts Tournament my late Sensei went to and saw a guy who only used the very basics beat guys who tried overly complex techniques like spinning round house kicks and jump kicks. I don't mean to bring up this topic after months of being dead but it really baffles me to see one claim to practice martial arts and not understand one simple concept. Black belts may win in tournaments but are equally as likely to lose on the streets.
  • Dargon
    I'm going to necro this thread to say, agreed, and you also have to factor in ego in a situation like that. The kid with the greater training will approach the bout with much more arrogance and will be more likely to make sloppy mistakes (such as underestimating their opponent) as a result, whereas the kid with less training is going to be more focused and more desperate because they know they're in over their head and will be more willing to try riskier moves, even moves they aren't fully trained to do.
  • the weasel
    well my biggest problem is the final move! i mean no one who trained for such a short time could pull that off, especially on a broken leg
  • axlryder
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    well that's just not true. Talent, physique and the intensity of training have a lot to do with it for one thing. For instance, if you put someone with an average proficiency for language in a foreign language course for three years, they will probably gain some degree of mastery over the language. Now if you plop someone with a high aptitude for linguistics in a foreign country for a few months I'm fairly certain they will learn a far greater amount in the period of time they were exposed to the language. What's more, having a good teacher also has a lot to do with it, since the teacher can better convey certain ideas or concepts, as well as find the right ways to push the student.

    I'm not saying the karate kid is realistic, Daniel probably would have gotten his ass handed to him irl, but I am saying the the length of time someone has trained doesn't always correlate to that person's skill level.
  • saint23thomas
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    Yeah, someone beating highly experienced people using just a little training is too much to accept. I will buy a story about an underdog with little training, but a lot of natural talent, winning against highly experienced people. However, if the kid had that kind of raw talent, he wouldn't have needed somebody to save him from the bully.
  • sparky_k24  - That's not true
    People advance at all different paces, and the training has an enormous impact. I practice martial arts, and I can tell you that a few months of very solid training can exceed the benefits of a few years of crappy training. Also, you don't know how often the other kid trained. Many martial arts classes only occur two or three times a week, did the other kids practice in between classes? Also, one on one instruction from a true master is an incredible advantage. My judo club is often complimented for the number of black belts that it has.
    I don't really think that the relationship between the two kids was unrealistic. Honestly, I wasn't even sure whether it was romantic or not.
    And if Jaden Smith wasn't a good actor...well, nothing to say to that. :P
  • Laxpolilla  - culture shock
    Thank you for mentioning the culture shock. That would have taken him weeks, maybe even months to overcome, especially from America to China. It bugged me personally because I moved from America to Romania. That's just Europe, and the two languages are at least related to one another. Even then it still took months to get used to the new social norms. China and America are black and white. I suppose this is nitpicking because this is a movie, but their reaction to him would be different to. They aren't really going to care that he's a foreigner, but he never REALLY would have been accepted by the people around him because he is.

    I know it's sticking to the original plot of him learning karate (pardon me, KUNG FU) to defend himself and his honor, but it could have also been used to drive home the culture shock point. The only way to get rid of it is to throw yourself head first into the new culture you're experiencing. Since he's so against being there in the first place, it wouldn't have been a huge leap.
  • Sheranda  - replying to your first comment, Dark Crow I...
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    I guess watching kids beat each other up would be funny if you're watching it in South Park with cartoonish sound effects, but this was a heartwarming family movie. You must hate kids or something. Or you're Willy Wonka.
  • killa_kid
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    The original trailer did have the line, "jacket on, jacket off." They must have changed it between trailer and release (I haven't seen it and only going on your comment here).

    Good comparison Doug, even if I haven't seen either. I really should fix that at some point.
  • Sheranda
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    Actually, they did say "jacket" in the movie.
  • pinkwerewolf  - wtf
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    Who are you? Really..... new kk better than old? wow.
  • pinkwerewolf
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    btw, the new movie was good, no doubt... but still it's a copy,....
  • mrskippy
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    Obvious troll is obvious
  • Wermin2
    So we are not allowed to have an opinion. If we do, we're trolls.
    Thanks Adolf.
  • Lotus Prince
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    "btw, the new movie was good, no doubt... but still it's a copy,...."

    It's called a remake, dumbass. Obviously it's a "copy."
  • Asuka Soryu
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    The hell?

    It's a remake. Not a copy.

    That's like Square Enix releasing a PS3 version of Final Fantasy VII and shouting: 'What a rip-off. They just stole someone elses idea."
  • Slimnoid
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    Opinions! =/= objective fact.
  • BaltoStephenWinter  - I don't know
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    Didn't he have him wax the car and paint the fence to test the kids discipline?
  • korruption
    Miyagi did show Daniel the results of his labour (and make the house and garden look better in the meantime) but it's odd that the whole scene where the "training" comes into play was almost entirely ignored. That was a great scene, with Miyagi practically going berserk on the guy too. =D

    Look at eye! ALWAYS LOOK AT EYE!!

    Also, Kreese got mindfucked by the war and literally trained his students as if they were privates and he was the sargent... PTSD can be a bitch.

    I think the beginning part of the second movie should have been shown just for the scene where he shows how psychotic he truly was.

    So with that outta my system -- great comparison!
  • yumekichigai
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    yep yep, It also brought it to muscle memory. He showed that when he punched at Daniel who blocked without even thinking
  • SickBritKid
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    Not to mention Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing what was probably the best Over-the-Top summer action flick villain since Raul Julia himself...
  • deathshead
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    wow, i havn't heard yowza in such a long time, truly nostalgic.
    yes.
  • ladydiskette  - Wow...just wow o.o
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    This is the first time I never found out there was a Karate Kid cartoon!
  • Sheranda
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    Was that two sentences?

    Anyway, I was scared when the Critic said he was going to compare the original movie to cartoon. Good thing he didn't. I still think he should review the cartoon. It's been awhile since he did a TV show.
  • ladydiskette
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    You know, if it wasn't for the end of the 80s Karate Kid movie where the student bully starts to show his apoligetic side in front of the evil teacher and gets nearly choked to death because of it, I could actually have thought that the kid would have made a legitmate bad guy.

    But I think that is what I liked about the old version is that the teenage bully shows a redeemable side and the whole reason for his attitude during the whole movie is because he really wanted to be a good student in front of his teacher, something I think every kid can relate to when it comes to a teacher we may have looked up to in the past, and that it was the teacher's fault not the kid during the scenes where he may have gone too far.
  • Tactlesscat
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    I don't care how hot she is she was not a good casting for that.
    Naturally Blonde and American and had to BULLSHIT a plotpoint in to make her both a brunette and a member of cobra.
    No. Bad.
  • JRodHacker
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    Critic! You should totally do a Top 11 Worst Movies you have ever seen!

    Also, I agree with the last joke...The remake being better IS Bullshit!
  • DarkMessiah
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    Yeah, he already did a "Top 10 Movies I Hated But Everyone Loved" video, which is close enough.
  • thatguyfromlondon
    No spoilers please I haven't seen all of it yet.
  • JRodHacker  - I know about that! Sadly, I don't agree. there IS
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    Darkmessiah, How many extremely bad movies do you think Doug has seen?

    How many movies has he probably seen that most people would agree are bad?!

    Battlefield Earth
    Garbage pail Kids
    TMNT 3
    Neverending Story 3

    THAT DOESN'T EVEN SCRATCH THE SURFACE, AND THAT'S NOT EVEN COUNTING MOVIES HE HASN'T REVEIWED!!

    Forget the movies he hates but other people love! I wanna know the 11 ABSOLUTE WORST OF THE WORST!
  • JRodHacker  - Also Darkmessiah..
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    He basically admitted that just because he didn't care for some movies, didn't mean people had to agree. So, basically he's saying being on his list doesn't make those movies bad, he just didn't like them as much as others.

    I define a BAD MOVIE as something that IS SO OBVIOUSLY BAD, NOBODY COULD DEFEND IT!
  • mrrubino
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    You seem to be confused. He said the remake WAS better.
  • Katze
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    Critic! That was freakin awesome! As Always!
  • Jackass Mask
    Get him a body bag! YEAH!


    Quick note: this entire video is fun but pointless. Old automatically wins on all points because it is the only version with an actual "Karate Kid" It's a TKO!
  • EizentheAnimeniac
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    Exactly! I mean, if the new film really wanted to be a remake of the original, they would've called it: The Kung Fu Kid, or at the very least: The Karate Kid (Part) V: The Kung Fu Kid.

    Doug, I love the work you've been doing so far, but I do have to agree with "Daniel-san" at the end. Though what you say about the new film may be true, to call that the superior film is bullsh*t.
  • Squeejee
    Why does the name matter so damn much?

    Every Martial Art in the world is essentially the same thing: teach a human how to kill / maim / dismember / take-down another human, that's why if you really watch different Martial Arts you'll notice that every one of them share certain effective moves. The leg sweep, the elbow throw, the arm bar, et cetera. The aesthetic difference between Kung Fu and Karate really doesn't matter in the least, and it was ultimately a change made for no other reason than to justify casting Jackie Chan as the new Mr. Miyagi.

    That's why the REAL master of "Kung Fu" movies, Bruce Lee, said to "be without style." He knew that limiting yourself to the teachings of one martial art was stupid, and ultimately established in Jeet Kune Do a unique perspective where students don't learn from a textbook of moves but explore all textbooks simultaneously, picking the moves that work best for them.

    The biggest difference between martial arts is that a lot of them have this BS philosophy attached to them, and others cut straight to the punching. Like Krav Maga, the most brutal martial art ever conceived.

    Source: I've been studying Martial Arts for about ten years now, starting with Tae Kwon Do and currently Jeet Kune Do / Krav Maga.
  • Jackass Mask
    I too have studied martial arts. I started on Tae Kwon Do and moved to Muay Thai and basic grappling. But, that doesn't make me a Karate student.

    And, honestly, the title doesn't really matter in the long run when compared to the movie actually being good. But why couldn't they just call it The Kung-Fu Kid, or maybe something else?

    It makes me think of all those silly martial arts movies that had Bruce in the title, obviously cashing in on Bruce Lee, but nowhere was there a character called Bruce.
  • Sheranda  - title
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    Did you read the comments under the Bum's review of The Karate Kid? I did, and I found a reasonable explanation for the title.
  • Sheranda
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    I was with you up until you criticized philosophy being attached to martial arts. What's wrong with it?
  • Squeejee
    Don't mind me, I'm just cranky about the number of times I have had to explain to an anime fan that there is no such thing as the "Spinning Dragon Crane Flying Kick Technique," and that if there were it would be fundamentally the same as any other flying kick.

    My real problem with most Martial Arts isn't that there is a philosophy attached, but that the training has become so rooted in tradition that it has lost its practical purpose: self defense. For example, in two years of Tae Kwon Do I never really learned how to fight an opponent who was armed - first day of Krav Maga that's exactly what we worked on.

    That probably goes a long way towards explaining how the Karate Kid works, actually. You've got bullies who've been getting trained in forms and basically learning to dance while also learning a little Kung Fu, then you've got Mr. Miyagi / Mr. Han who (after instilling some discipline in their charge) cut to the chase, teaching their student how to block, dodge, punch and kick instead of teaching them how to LOOK like they know those things.
  • kyuuketsuki
    I agree, but Bruce Lee did not create JKD for that reason. It wasn't without style... it was without form. Bruce Lee disagreed with the structure of martial arts stemming from forms and set moves, he wanted to move away from that. His drive for JKD came from his own personal philosophies.

    Regardless of that, all martial arts are the same. I've studied various martial arts for 16 years, and in the end they are all the same save philosophic stances and how to execute the moves.

    @Jackass Mask: I'm sure you realize this, but... TKD came from Taekkyon, which is a direct decedent of Kung-fu. Modern day TKD was conceived AFTER the Koreans were invated by the Japanese, and adapted some of the style. So the circular movements were separated into Tsang Su Do and Hapkido, what you know as TKD is Korean arts mixed with Japanese style. So... technically you are a Karate student.
  • maudawg73  - Are You Kidding?
    In Asian cultures Martial Arts are way of "TEACHING" philosophy & body movement not merely hand to hand combat. The philosophies aren't BS, they're the whole point.

    Asian Martial Arts are about life. Bruce Lee knew that too. You don't think Jeet Kune Do teaches philosophy? Have you ever seen or read a Bruce Lee interview? Jeet Kune Do being a Western Art focuses more on combat than Kung Fu does, but there's still quite a bit of philosophy behind it.

    As for Krav Maga well,the Israelis don't really have time to fuck around. I think maybe your view of Martial Arts is colored by the fact you started with Te Kwon Do which is more of a sport than a fighting style.
  • CageAquarium  - Doesn't matter if it is Karate or Kung Fu
    The movie is made for western audiences and the average Westerner doesn't know the difference between Karate and Kung Fu so the going after it based off the name is nit picking. As far as I am concerned, if it is a fighting style centered around punches then it is called Boxing and if it is centered around kicks it is Karate. Jiujitsu is grappling, and there is one for throwing to.

    I don't care about the millions of different names they have for the variations in the styles; I don't personally see a big enough difference in them, visually or effectually, to have them warrant different names.
  • RemiCorps
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    Wrong... just wrong.

    Just because you fail to see the intricate differences and uses of each individual style doesn't mean it shouldn't "matter".

    Anyone who says Karate and Kung Fu are the same is an idiot. Look up your facts before you type again, chummer.
  • Wermin2
    He was talking about how stupid you americans are. There's nothing wrong with that.
  • RemiCorps
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    That was such a condescending and ignorant remark that you, Wermin2, have completely failed life.

    Congratulations.
  • polygonalchemist
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    It's not just about the style in particular, it's about the culture they come from. China =/= Japan. They each have very different histories and culture. Sure to most westerners it all bends together, but it's still disrespectful to use elements of their culture interchangeably like that.
  • BritChick
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    Actually, Ju Jitsu involves a lot more than grappling - that's Judo.
    Ju Jitsu is a purely defensive martial art that takes elements from Karate, Judo and Ai Kido. It's purely defensive but also one of the more powerful forms of martial arts.

    While there are variations in other styles, the names are different for a reason, and they do matter. Some are suitable to start when you're a kid. Ju jitsu shouldn't be started until age 14-16.
  • kyuuketsuki  - Some history and philosophy on the Japanese arts..
    Er... Not true at all... Nope... Jujutsu is a military martial art. Was created in the era of samurai for when the samurai could not use their swords for whatever reason. There are just as many attacks as there are defensive moves. Judo is the scientific form of Jujutsu, taking out all the deadly things and putting science to it so it can be scored and made into a sport. There are still grapples in it. Aikido is the most defensive, if you want to call it that, but that too has attacks that can be utilized. Also Aikido came WAY after Jujutsu If any martial art was not balanced it would never have succeeded. You can't have defense without offense and can't have defense without offense. You need to learn to hit before you can defend, and you need to learn how to defend before you can learn to hit. It is a cycle that must be mastered over years of practice.

    Also as long as the teacher is good, a martial artist can begin his/her journey as long as they can move freely.
  • BritChick
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    Ok, clearly I phrased my last comment terribly.

    At my Dojo, that teaches Karate, Judo and Ju Jitsu, we were taught to react to attacks, and to never initiate a fight. We do learn offensive moves, but we're also taught to never be the one starting the fight. That's what I meant by purely defensive but my phrasing was off. We're taught how to react if someone pulls a knife or grabs our arm.

    Also, every dojo teaches the arts differently, so you can't generalise and say that a person's definition is "not true at all". I mean damn, I trained to Brown Belt, don't tell me I've wasted five years! :)
  • Sheranda  - kara te
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    I've learned a while ago that "kara te" in Japanese literally means "open hand." I guess that means you use open hands instead of fists, which I imagine is more challenging.

    Also, I like your picture, BritChick.
  • BritChick
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    Thank you! I made it on the Scott Pilgrim character builder, but I don't think the page is working anymore. Which is a shame, because it was awesome.
  • kyuuketsuki
    You said purely defensive. In any style of martial arts there must be balance. Jujutsu especially was created for the military, so it is anything but purely defensive. So my statement of "not at all" stands. The philosophy is of nonviolence and reacting to an opponent. That does not mean it is purely defensive though. That just means you are being taught the proper philosophy on how to use what you are being taught.

    Also, every dojo teaches the same thing in different ways. Bruce Lee once said, until we grow 3 arms and 4 legs, all fighting is the same. My kung-fu master once told me when I asked about "hard" and "soft" styles, said "only a fool would separate martial arts into hard and soft. Any soft style can become hard, and any hard style can be soft. The eventual goal is to learn your personal style and decide how to move without thinking beforehand."

    And all training is useful, it is only wasted if you wasted it by not giving 100%. As someone who has trained in martial arts for 16 years, I can say that with confidence.
  • Orcryst  - @CageAquarium
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    Just because you don't care about it doesn't mean it isn't important. If you're making a movie that's centered around the topic of Kung Fu, it's a given that whoever is making it should know their shit a step beyond "one of them ching-chong styles".
  • sgfreak37
    I think Jackie Chan said it better himself. He was asked once, "out of all the Martial Arts that you have trained under, which is your favorite?" In which he answered, " From Karate to Kung Fu to Jujitsu, in the end it is all the same Martial Art, just with a different name".. I am not really saying that personally, but in the end does the name really matter all that much?
  • Sheranda
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    I think that's open to interpretation, but I could be wrong.
  • TheDued92
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    Nice job... that's all I got.
  • Alar
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    Thanks, Gangsta Jesus. Your praise means the most of all. :)

    On a more serious note, I think I'd have to agree with Doug on this one. Maybe it's because I was just a bit too young to fully appreciate the original at the time, but from what I remember and having seen the newer Karate Kid in theaters, the newer one seems to be superior.
  • zmh24
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    I love your old vs new videos.

    Request: Old vs New - Man Hunter vs Red Dragon
  • ArtticWitchica
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    I can totally get behind that :3
  • Suren2
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    Yay, another Old vs New. I still haven't seen the new one, might still go see it sometime.
  • Sheranda
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    I've seen it, and I say it's definitely worth checking out.
  • FullmetalNinja25
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    After seeing this video I need to see the Karate Kid remake.

    Great video Doug! :D
  • draider90
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    Havent seen the new one yet, but the old one will always be a classic for me
  • CR0D  - Karate?
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    I beg your Pardon. This KUNG FU kid sucked ass.
    Jackie Chan character was dull and lifeless.
    And I didn't really give a rat's ass about this Will Smith kid.
    No comparison here. The REAL Karate Kid WINS!
  • Bad Boy 75  - HAHAHA
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    Your not the only one who hates the jersey shore Doug! =D
  • Ap0ca1ypse  - Ugh.
    I haven't even seen the show and I hate it. Not only because so many people at my school watch it, but also because I live in Jersey! The show worsens our already bad image.
  • Sheranda
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    Didn't the Critic just say that the movie showed people from New Jersey positively?
  • TheAngryAnimeAddict
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    Nice review.

    Just nice.

    Old vs News aren't that funny to me, but they're not supposed to be.

    Oh well, My side won XD
  • Sheranda
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    They ARE supposed to be funny!
  • edjr1980
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    Karate Kid had a cartoon?!?! I had no idea
  • jjflash
    Yes, and it was awesome for one reason. It made Mr. Miagi even more of an unstoppable bad ass.
    No fooling: There was an episode where they have to fight arms dealing ninjas in an underwater base and Miagi goes apeshit with a futuristic bazooka. We're talking Gun Kata with anti-armor weaponry. It was awesome.
  • edjr1980
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    Death to "Jersey Shore"
  • Dusk
    Lol, Jersey Shore.
  • SpeedyEric
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    I was wondering if you would ever do an Old Vs. New on “The Karate Kid.”

    I actually like “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” Isn’t there anyone who ALSO likes that film?

    I never even heard of the animated series until this very moment.

    5:43- You and me both, dude. Jersey Shore is on my Hate List along with Paris Hilton, the entire Kardashian family, and anyone to everyone on Fox News.

    I also like the new film more than the original, because of how seriously it took itself.

    What do you think about making an Old vs. New on "Planet of the Apes"? There are some things in the Tim Burton film that outrank the original film.
  • SomeRandomGeek
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    Movie Bob like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I kinda like it too. I would defend the movie however.

    I kinda like Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes as well, but I haven't the see original yet.

    Besides the shorter list is the people who love Jersey Shore.
  • mumbls  - answers
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    I thought he already did OvN planet of the apes.

    If they had called it "The Kung Fu Kid," then people would have complained that it was a total rip-off of Karate Kid, no one would have seen it due to friends telling each other that particular fact, and it would have bombed. That being said, the producers must have felt that calling it the Karate Kid and a remake would only annoy people to the fact that it was Kung Fu and they would still enjoy it.
  • kamakazi critic  - lol
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    then they should have just made it karate he learns
  • Sheranda
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    No. Then, the movie would be in Japan, so putting Jackie Chan in it would make little sense because he actually is Chinese.
  • Sheranda  - OvN Planet of the Apes
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    He never did an OvN of Planet of the Apes. That's because the original is obviously the superior one. There's no question about it.
  • Sheranda  - Planet of the Apes
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    I'm going to see the original before seeing the remake of Planet of the Apes. That way, I could see if it really is as horrible as some people say it is.
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    I liked the G.I. Joe movie. As a mindless action flick, it works. Granted, it's not the most brilliant film ever produced, but at least it didn't grate on my nerves like that awful Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (now, that movie was downright painful to watch).
  • SpeedyEric
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    I love "Revenge of the Fallen." It may be silly at times, but the story and action scenes are awesome.
  • Asuka Soryu
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    To me, Revenge of the Fallen would've been good... if you cut out everything but the action scenes. The rest was boring, boring and even more boring moments and poor jokes.
  • ArtticWitchica
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    hey I liked it too :3 So you are definitely not the only one. But maybe that's because I love Christopher Eccelston.
  • asdcxz321
    Off to look for episodes of the cartoon*
  • OiTheAria69
    Hopefully you don't get too much hate mail for picking the new one.

    I didn't see the new one.. But it looks good enough. Glad you express your honest opinions here. While I love your laugh-out-loud funny videos, I also love your more opinion-based ones like this. You've actually inspired me to take a look at the remake.

    Oh, and thank you thank you thank you for taking a shot at the Jersey Shore. Growing up in Jersey when younger, I really hate all the guido stereotypes!
  • MasterKirov
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    "CO-BRA!"

    "Kai."

    "Oh."

    XD
  • KingGramJohnson  - Wax On Wax Off!
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    Old wins in my book. Enough said.
  • GameKeeper28
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    You were able to turn anything into a cartoon back then. There was actually a "Free Willy" cartoon!
  • Sheranda
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    Wow, really?! Must have been terrible.
  • Not Shelley Duvall
    really great analysis of both films. i love it when anyone on this site takes an analytical point of view with the films and doesn't base everything entirely on opinion (though i do love rant-y angry opinions, too).

    also, the music from the new "karate kid" film just sounds...awesome. not "the dragon's heartbeat" from the bruce lee movie awesome, but still awesome.

    keep up the great work!
  • Green84
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    I was expecting the opposite. Still, I agree. And am I the only one whose never even heard of that cartoon?
  • Sheranda
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    No, you, Green84, are not the only person who has never heard of the Karate Kid cartoon. I have also never heard of the cartoon. That is what I meant when I said "Nope!" Must all my comments come with detailed explanations of what I mean?
  • Soma Hiru
    I didn't watched the "remake" when it came out, I might try watching it now c:

    Nice work as always!
  • CellSeam
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    I enjoy old vs new. I usually feel obligated to give most credit to the original because its the original, but that was counter balanced with the new one's awesome cinematography and amazing scenery (plus I saw it in hawaii), though nostalgia will play a part for a lot of other people, but I liked your reasoning and it was well done, I generally agree with everything.

    Yeah the girl who punches always wins over the girl who doesn't.
  • rockybalboa211  - I LOVE THE ORIGINAL KARATE KID!!
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    As a person who has watched the original heart-warming karate kid 120 times since the age of 10, I automatically choose the original film with the magnificent Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita (Still can't believe that pat morita from "Happy Days" and "Sanford and Son" could play such a serious part)! :D
    I mean this film was everything a person like me could want. When I was a kid this movie gave me so much inspiration, because at the end he gains Johnny's respect. I mean I had so many people who bullied me when I was a kid, and I would wish that I could gain the respect of those kids.
    Also this film had the beautiful Elisabeth Shue, who was much much better in this role, than she was as Jennifer from Back to the Future 2 and 3. (I still feel bad that Claudia Wells from the first BTTF couldn't do those films since her mother had cancer) Overall, the original is beautiful, and the music is much better than the new film. I mean come on, Bananarama, Joe Esposito, and BILL CONTI!!
    Yet, seeing John Kreese getting his ass kicked by Mr. Miyagi in the second film is the only reason Karate Kid number 2 is better than number 1 in my book! Also Critic, the third Karate Kid film makes Kreese the ultimate assh#le..
    I liked the new film mostly because of the scenery of the Chinese country side. I mean it truly is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Yet, I couldn't get into Jackie Chan's character, to me he lacked the sympathy that Mr. Miyagi got when we found out that his wife died of complications during child birth at that manzanar internment camp. Also I thought that Will Smith's son was far too young for the role. I mean compared to the ever young Ralph Macchio, he looks like a child. I would have rather wanted to see a teenage Jayden Smith fighting for Love and self resepct. Also the want of Self Respect is more shown in the old film. I mean there is a point in the 1984 film where Daniel has everything, he has a new yellow car, and the girl (who he has just made up with after an argument), he doesn't really have to fight in the karate tournament. Yet, because of his wanting self respect he willingly goes out and fights for it. That to me was better done in the old film than in the new film.
    The new film was ok though, and was not a travesty! :D
    Also Daniel came from New Jersey.. He to me is possibly the greatest fictional/real person to ever come from New Jersey! :D
  • yuyuyin
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    fuck ya man JRodHacker
  • Sheranda
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    What a waste of forum space, not that I'm one to talk.
  • Sheranda  - yuyuyin
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    What a waste of forum space, yuyuyin, not that I'm one to talk. What rockybalboa211 posted uses the space wisely.
  • Archedgar
    I disagree.

    The new Karate Kid ftl. The new movie is just riding the popularity of the old one.

    I know it has been said many times, but it doesn't even have anything to do with Karate.
  • korruption
    I agree, plus we had to sit through a scene with a fucking Lady Gaga song...
  • Sheranda
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    I feel like such a "n00b," but what does ftl mean?
  • Sheranda
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    "For the lose"? Opposite of ftw, "for the win"? I may be a n00b, but I learn fast.
  • Gullyson
    I love that lunatic karate teacher bit from the "90's sports montage" video.
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