Film, TV

THE KARATE KID and the sequels.

The Karate Kid is THE martial arts movie of the Generation X era. That is a fact and not even up for discussion. The 1984 film is one of the signature films of the era. The movie was so big, that to this day, it seems like half of the suburban strip malls in America have a Karate or Tae Kwon Do school. Yes, there were plenty of martial art schools before the movie came out, but that particular business went into overdrive after 1984.

The movie was also so big that it spawned 3 sequels: The Karate Kid Part 2 in 1986, The Karate Kid Part 3 in 1989, and The Next Karate Kid in 1994. Pat Morita appeared in all four movies. Ralph Macchio was in the first three films and Hilary Swank was The Next Karate Kid.

There was a short-lived Saturday morning cartoon on NBC in 1989. YouTube Premium has continued the legacy with its show, Cobra Kai. Of the three film sequels, which one is your favorite and why?

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