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The Karate Kid

August 10th, 2008 by Brandon Boone Corporate Communications Manager

There is really no other way for me to describe today’s Hulu Days of Summer features except to call them American classics. The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid, Part II are classically cheesy, yet they’re great movies that spotlight one young man’s journey through self-doubt, puppy love, personal discipline and bullying. In The Karate Kid, Daniel, a teen from New Jersey, becomes the target of the affluent bullies at his new school in Los Angeles. When the rich kids gang up on Daniel, an unassuming elderly man — Daniel’s handyman, Mr. Miyagi — comes to his rescue, using karate to fend the boys off. Impressed by Mr. Miyagi’s skills, Daniel asks him for karate lessons.

The sequel, The Karate Kid, Part II, picks up right where the first movie left off. Mr. Miyagi and Daniel take a trip to Okinawa to visit Mr. Miyagi’s dying father. After arriving in Japan, Mr. Miyagi finds he still has feelings for a past love, which ends up creating new trouble with an old rival. In the meantime, Daniel encounters a new love and also makes some enemies along the way.

Now, I’m pretty sure I’m not spoiling either movie by saying Daniel and Mr. Miyagi prevail and overcome their nemeses while gaining respect and admiration. That said, there are a number of lessons to relearn from watching these movies again. I’ll never forget all the great one-liners, and I’ll never get tired of watching Daniel-san practice his Crane Kick on the beach.

Enjoy today’s double feature. I know I will.

Brandon Boone ()

Last comment: May 16th 2015 2 Comments
  • rchavez says:

    Hello Hulu,

    Thanks for all the entertainment and everything else! I wanted to ask if you guys are getting any of the Ninja Turtle movies coming soon and some good old westerns? Can you also add some more Veggie Tales, me and my family enjoy those as well.

    Thanks Again,


  • Milkshaker says:

    Sweet! Thanks Hulu. I’ve always wondered why older generations sometimes cling to old out of date movies and now I know. I’ll be watching the Karate Kid well into my 90s (I hope).

    Thanks again Hulu!