Jaden Smith Is The New ‘Karate Kid’

Redux

Back in September we got our first look at the new version of The Karate Kid which stars Jaden Pinkett-Smith and Jackie Chan and today People magazine brings us the first promo photo from the new flick of the dynamic duo:


Learning the moves of a true martial arts fighter, Will Smith’s youngest son Jaden Smith is proving he has what it takes when he stars opposite Jackie Chan in a remake of the 1984 classic, The Karate Kid, due in theaters June 11. “I trained every day for four months with Master Wu [the film's fight coordinator],” Jaden, 11, tells PEOPLE as he takes on his first leading role as an American boy named Dre Parker who moves to China. “We did a lot of stretching.” Jaden mastered front kicks and upper blocks through his hard work ethic and dedication, says Chan, 55, who plays maintenance man Mr. Han – an unlikely friend to Jaden’s character. “He took the training very seriously. I was very impressed with him,” he adds. While filming in Beijing, including atop the Great Wall of China, Chan was more than a martial arts mentor to his young costar. “Jackie taught me to ask, ‘My left or camera left?’” says Jaden on learning the important directions of acting in front of the movie camera. “That helped.” As the two stars built a dynamic relationship on screen, the teacher and student bond translated into real life. “Jaden had a lot of respect for me as his teacher, even off the set,” says Chan. “He is professional as many adult actors who have been in the business for years.” And, as Jaden became a true karate kid, he realized that there is more to martial arts than just the kicking and punching – there are lasting lessons of obedience to be instilled. In fact Jaden’s parents appreciate the discipline he learned. “His dad told me that Jaden had changed,” says Chan. “When he takes his shoes off, he doesn’t throw them in the corner, but puts them away neatly!”

I dunno … as I mentioned in my last post on this new version of The Karate Kid, I’m not sure I’m at all interested in a remake of such a classic film. This new version is helped by the fact that it’s a completely new retelling of the story and seems to be only related to the original film in name only. I actually just rewatched the original Karate Kid, Part II and that movie sequel still holds up after all these years (the Part III and the subsequent The Next Karate Kid which starred Hilary Swank do not, IMHO, hold up all these years later). I suppose this new film can be great for young viewers unfamiliar with the original film … as for me, I’m a Karate Kid purist … I think I’ll take a pass on this remake. Are any of y’all interested in seeing this new Karate Kid?

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  1. Jen

    Ugh.

    That’s all I’ve got.

  2. Stephanie DeMartino

    Hollywood is crashing when they have no new material and continue to hack the classics.
    Maybe they should just take a big time out.

  3. Jacinta

    Normally, I would be slightly annoyed with this remake, but I’m such a sucker for Jaden Smith lol. He’s just such a cute kid, and he seems really dedicated to his work, so I can appreciate that. I don’t think it’ll be as good as the original, but that’s ok. After all, I did like the Hilary Swank one even though that’s nowhere near as good as the original either :D.

  4. Ama

    Eh, I don’t know. It may be good, it might not. For younger kids who haven’t seen the first ‘Karate Kid’ This may be an interesting movie for them. The adults however, can watch their original version instead of seeing the new one :)
    * * *
    On another subject, has anyone seen the trailers for that new movie Jackie Chan is in. The one where he plays a babysitter while being a secret agent. Isn’t that kind of just a remake of ‘The Pacifier’? I was kind of thinking it looked like it might be an okay movie, until I saw that Billy Ray Cyrus was in it. Then I cringed and decided I wouldn’t see it XD

  5. debho

    I don’t know why they need to make a remake. I love the original and sequel (pretend KK3 and the Hilary Swank ones don’t exist lol).
    I’m really tired of all the remakes…Fame was just dreadful, although to be honest, the first one was never that great anyway (spoiled by too much unnecessary bad language), but still, there was no need to redux it.
    Remakes are as bad as making movies from TV shows. They never seem to work.

  6. I’m not a Jackie Chan fan so I will not watch this. I know some people who might love this, though.

    -meream

  7. CHASE

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. well i love will smith, and i want to see if his son inherited his acting skills.
    so i probably will watch it.

    but i understand your point too. it is kinda lame how theyre making a new one. it is classic.

  9. at least they’ve changed the title to Kung Fu Kid, unless they changed it again.

  10. la princesa

    Why can’t Hollywood create an original story instead of doing ALL these damn remakes????

  11. Megan

    I’m a jackie chan fan and i wanna see the kids acting skills so i’ll probably watch it

  12. erin

    Lame. If they decide to remake Back to the Future I’m going to protest!

  13. Kara

    Sad. Why mess with a classic? My 8 and 10 year old girls love The Karate Kid. Everytime it comes on, the whole family sits around and watches as if we’ve never seen it before. How many movies can we really say that about now a days??

  14. Sonya

    Does anyone realize that Karate was developed in Okinawa, Japan and Kung Fu was developed in China….so my guess is this movie might have had a chance had it been named ummm I don’t know….Kung Fu Kid. Just Sad.

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