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The Karate Kid II? Blu-ray
The Karate Kid I & II Collector's Edition
Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki Pat Morita
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Originally released 1986
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2010
113 minutes

Karate Kid II is available with the original as part of the Karate Kid Collector's Edition Blu-ray. As sequels go, Karate Kid II is intelligent enough not to be a different enough but basically same version of the original. Both Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki Pat Morita are back as Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. This being a mid-eighties movie, I doubt there is that much difference between the DVD and Blu-ray though II looks better than the original. The price is right though if you do not already have this family movie classic and its sequel.

Mr. Miyagi is summoned to Okinawa because his father is dying. Daniel accompanies him. We learn about Mr. Miyagi's past including his leaving Okinawa because he had fallen for a girl promised to his best friend, Sato. When challenged to a fight with Sato, Miyagi chose to leave for the US. Sato makes sure Miyagi's return reopens old wounds and set up a rematch Meanwhile Daniel falls in love with a beautiful girl and he too is challenged by a rival.

All this may sound as heavy handed as the guy who plays Sato but it is not. Karate Kid II has kept the sense of humor and the dynamic between the main characters and the story has interesting developments. The movie also features a few family friendly messages like the importance of friendship, forgiveness, and so on.

Parents may find the fight scenes in Karate Kid and Karate Kid II a bit much for their young ones. The movie is rated PG because of the fight scenes and a slightly more violent scene in Kid II. This said, if your kid is 10 or more, go for it. These are both very good, interesting, worthwhile, intelligent movies.

Special features on the Blu-ray Karate Kid II is a pop-up feature with factoids about the movie and a featurette. The pop-up is fun if a little annoying.

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