Just for Kicks: The Making of 'The Karate Kid'

20 min

Dre, you ready?

- Yeah, one second.

- Almost forgot.

Dre, I am so excited.

It's like we're brave pioneers on a quest

to start a new life in a magical new land.

You could say that.

Okay. All right, let's go.

And don't forget to use the bathroom.


I know, I know, I know, I know.

Okay, okay.

I just got my hair done.

Okay, be very careful with that. Okay.

- I'll see you later, Uncle Charlie.

- I love you.

Come on, Dre, we can't miss this plane!

Bye. See you later, Dre.

Bye, guys. We're gonna miss you.

Naw, man, it's yours.

Come on, Dre, just take it.

Thanks, man.

Okay, Dre, come on, we have to go.

Okay, bye, guys!

We'll call as soon as we land!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to flight...

- You got it?

- Yeah.

... with service to Beijing.

Dre, look. We're already on lesson 10.

How are you?

Remember what that one is?


Dre, you're killing me.

Mom, look, in China, everything is old.

There's old houses, old parks, old people.

Look. This guy is at least 400 years old.

Dre, please focus, okay?

What's your name?

You need to practice.

- Yeah, you need to try it.

- No, Mom.

- Yes, Dre. Dre.

- Mom.

Ask him. Go ahead.

Ask him, "What's your name?"

And "How are you?"

Do it now.

Dude, I'm from Detroit.

What's up?

Our flight time will be 13 hours

and 30 minutes.

We will be serving dinner and breakfast.

She said to meet her at number five.

What is that?

Mrs. Packer?

- Hi.

- Hi.

It's "Parker."

Apologies, Mrs. Parker. Welcome to Beijing.

And this is your electricity card. Same thing.

You think you might have one in English?

Look! There's Olympic Village!

Isn't it beautiful?


I guess there's

nothing old in China, huh, Dre?

Look at that, Dre. Beverly Hills.

We always talked about living there, huh?

But I think we were talking about

the other one, Mom.

I got a good feeling about this.

Oh, yeah.

You must be the new dude in 305. I'm Harry.

Hey. What's up? I'm Dre.

- Here, let me help you.

- Thanks, man.

So how come you guys

are moving to China?

My mom got transferred.

Passport, please. Thank you.

- She works at the car factory.

- Okay.

Can you please explain this electricity card?

Because we don't have these in America.

Know any Chinese?


This is China. Might not be a bad idea.

That's our park. You should come.

Look at you, making friends already.

- Hi, I'm Dre's mother.

- Hi. Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you, too.

You can call me Miss Sherry.

- I'm Harry.

- Hi, Harry.

So I guess I'll see you later, then?

- Maybe.

- Okay, cool. See ya.

Okay, this is your rental agreement

in English.

So the landlady is Mrs. Wang.

Her English is not good.

But if something goes wrong,

you go to Mr. Han. His English is very good.

- Okay.

- Okay.

- So welcome to Beijing, Mrs. Parker.

- Thank you.

- So I'll see you tomorrow, okay?

- Okay, sure. Thank you!

Wait, wait.

You mentioned something

about going to the police...

Wow, this is perfect, Dre.

Everything we need is in walking distance.

You know what?

We could have lunch together every day

at your school if you wanted to.

Negative. Not a chance.

Dre, we are not doing this in Beijing.

Dre, pick up yourjacket.

Mom, I'm tired, okay? I have airplane lag.


It's jet lag.

I know, baby, I got it, too.

But we can't go to sleep.

'Cause then we'll be up at 2:00 a.m.

And you have school tomorrow.

Dre! Can you please

go find the maintenance man?

I need to take a shower

- and the hot water's broken!

- Yeah!

Excuse me.

I'm looking for the maintenance man.

Mr. Han?


Mr. Han?


We just moved into 305.

Hot water's not working.

No hot agua.

Looking for Mr. Han.


Mr. Han?

Me and my mom, we just moved in. 305.

The hot water's not working.

Mr. Han?


Or I could just come back another time.

Or you could just show me how to do it

so I could get outta your hair.

That's nasty.

I'm gonna go throw up.

In 305, where the hot water's not working.

I think he's busy.

Hey, man, you made it. Welcome.


- You play, right?

- Yeah.

Come on.

- Okay, it's us three against them four.

- All right.

All right.

Good job, good job.


Sub! Sub!

My shooting hand has got some jet lag,

so I'm gonna just...

You want this?

You want me to play?

You know I have no problem

beating old people.

Back where I come from,

they call me Ping Pong Dre, all right?

I'm gonna take it easy on you.

Come on, man. I'm 12.

He's really good.

I've never seen him lose to anybody.


Dude. Are you gonna talk to her or what?

- To who?

- To her.

- The girl you've been staring at.

- I wasn't staring at her, dude.

Yeah, you were.

You should go talk to her.

Unless you're scared.

I'm not scared of anything.

Then do it. Go. Come on.

Cool. Right now.


What's up?

I forgot, no English.

What language was that?

You speak English?

Me, too.

So, what are you listening to?


Bach. I listen to them all the time.

They're tight.

Wait, you ever heard of this?

Oh, yeah, you like that, huh? Wait.

Wait, whoa. It's going over here.

It's going below. Wait, wait.

- It's coming back.

- May I touch your hair?

You wanna touch my hair?


You should be practicing.

I am practicing.

What you're doing you won't need these.

What's your problem?

Leave it.

Come on, dude!

I said leave it!

Go get him.

Go, go, go!


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