Karate Kid II


Upon hearing the news of his dying father, Mr. Miyagi and Daniel travel to Japan to pay their last respects.  We learn that Miyagi had left Japan long ago after having dishonored Sato, one of his childhood friends.  He escaped Sato's demand for a fight to the death over a woman they both loved.  After 40 years, Miyagi finds that his friend still seeks the same method of reconciliation and must try to avoid it at great emotional costs.  Daniel also becomes involved in the feud as he bumps heads with Sato's nephew, Chozen, and is soon also required to enter a death-match.

Entertainment Value - C

Maybe I didn't enjoy this because I liked the first one so much.  One of the scenes showing how Daniel is better than the other guys is the ice breaking scene, and I think that was kind of dumb.  Maybe I can't break that much ice, but who really cares?  Maybe ice-breaking was bigger than I remembered in the 80's.

Could Sato really turn good so quickly after 40 years of built up resentment?  Would his nephew really want to fight to the death over a few embarrassing encounters?  Maybe so, teenagers often don't think things through and let emotion get the best of them.  This was a fun movie overall, but the first one is better.

Moral Value - Failure to Communicate? - 3

Their were some moral lessons presented here, but nothing like those taught in the first one.  One thing that was attempted was the importance of putting principle before passion.  The conflict between Miyagi and Sato and between Daniel and Chozen were initiated by anger at something the other person did.  At the end we learn that resentment can last a very long time and keep us from happiness.  Our state of happiness/unhappiness should not be contingent on the actions of others; we are in complete control of how we react to a given situation.  If we harbor resentment we can sometimes not only deprive our own lives of happiness, but also affect the overall happiness of others.

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