The Film ‘89 Podcast Episode 57 – The Karate Kid (1984).

Episode 57 of The Film ’89 Podcast is ready to deliver a roundhouse kick to 2020 and propel you back to a better time, 1984 in fact and the cult classic martial arts drama, The Karate Kid. Rocky director John G. Avildsen’s beloved film stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove and features an Oscar nominated turn from Pat Morita as the wise sensei, Mr Miyagi. It’s a firm favourite amongst the Film ’89 Team and Richie and Neil go all in on this deep dive analysis of The Karate Kid. Also discussed are the numerous sequels, the 2010 reboot, and the recent TV show, Cobra Kai, which reunites the stars of the original film to tremendous success. So finish trimming that Bonsai tree, waxing that car and painting that fence before you tie on that headband and meditate with your Film ’89 friends on this most beloved of ‘80s martial arts films.  

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