Warning: Potential Spoilers Ahead!
I recently saw The Karate Kid with Jackie Chan as the older but emotionally traumatized maintenance man with martial skills who helps our protagonist hero to learn the ways of Kung Fu so that he can meet both the kids who are terrorizing him and his own fear in a tournament.
One of the most interesting parts of the movie is when they went to a temple to see real Kung Fu being practiced. The martial artists there did strange things like being still to the point of controlling a menacing and poisonous snake. This kind of Kung Fu is a bit higher than the street fighter variety.
Jackie Chan did a good job of not overshadowing the hero of the story – a young early teen kid who had his own special love interest.
The agony of Chan’s character’s past is a reflection of how lost love can hurt and drive you (temporarily) insane.
The Kid has a special love interest where love is new and fresh – but fraught with peril when the young girl had to tell him goodbye for dishonoring her family. Chan teaches the kid how to properly apologize and put himself back in the good graces of the family. All this in time for her to be in the audience during the Kung Fu tournament.
Wow, good movie with lots of cool insights and just the right amount of action and not too much like many other movies!
At least the bad guys, in the end, showed some respect!