The Karate Kid" when I first heard about it. Knowing that Will Smith's son, Jaden, was going to be the star of it made me even more skeptical. I felt that they were going to destroy a classic. After seeing this latest trailer, my opinion has changed considerably as it looks to be a pretty exciting remake.
My one gripe is why he is called the karate kid when he is learning kung fu? Perhaps that question will be answered in the film itself.
"The Karate Kid" opens in theaters on June 11, 2010.
In Columbia Pictures' The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
Want to see the original? You can order it at Amazon.