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    Well, I got this off Yahoo news. Personally, I don't believed that Jackie Chan makes a good Mr. Miyagi. Hey don't get me wrong, Jackie Chan's great. But to play an Iconic japanese sensei makes me really wonder. I got nothing against talented chinese actors and actress, but is Hollywood really that short of talented japanese actors to play the role ???

    Can't wait to see David Hasselhoff do a remake of Shaka Zulu, after all if John Wayne can play Genghis Khan convincingly, what stopping Hollywood now ! ~sigh~

    Will Smith To Direct Karate Kid Remake

    Actor Will Smith will be donning his director's cap for his next project — a remake of 1984's Karate Kid.

    The Pursuit of Happyness star, 39, is reportedly working on a modern-day version of the martial arts movie, with his nine-year-old son Jaden taking on the lead role of Daniel, originally made famous by Ralph Macchio.

    Smith Jr. will star alongside Rush Hour's Jackie Chan, who will play the boy's mentor, Mr. Miyagi, according to reports.
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    The person most responsible for the success of the first Karate Kid movie was Pat Johnson. I don’t think Will Smith has the qualifications that Pat Johnson has and I agree it gags me the idea of Jackie Chan being Mr. Miyagi ew! Freaking nuts! He is good at what he does, I enjoy some of his work, but some of it is just too silly and ridiculous for me. Reminds me of a dancer on Dancing With The Stars who tried to put hip hop moves in a ballroom dance routine.
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    Jackie Chan is overkill for this role.
    There are many Japanese actors that have a martial background.
    They need to go with a relativly unkown for this to make it convincing.
    People are more sophisticated now. They know the difference between
    a Japanese accent and a Chinese one. At least I hope so...

    You don't even need a Martial background. Morita San did a great job.
    I'd rather see a new series based on Miyagi growing up or Daniel having
    a son.
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    Not casting a Japanese actor for that role (Mr. Miyagi) is a travesty, much like the total and complete film-ruining horror of casting Chinese actresses for "Memoirs of a Geisha". It only adds to stereotyping when these Westerners cast other Asians in roles uniquely specific to a certain Asian nationality. It's almost like they are saying, "pfft, these stupid Westerners can't tell the difference between Chinese, Korean, Japanese and others, so what does it matter!". And you wonder why many Americans, when polled, think that "Asia" is a "country"!

    Remember when that comedian with the last name "Mooney" (very funny guy) said "casting Tom Cruise as "The Last Samurai" is akin to making a movie called "The Last N-word on Earth", starring Tom Hanks? It's sort of like that.
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    The original movie was really too good to mess with. You know it's just going to be camped up and given a slick 'modern' package with more excitement.

    There's no way the magic of the chemistry of Macchio and Morita can be duplicated.

    Why try? Why can't hollywood come up with new ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tenchijin2
    The original movie was really too good to mess with. You know it's just going to be camped up and given a slick 'modern' package with more excitement.

    There's no way the magic of the chemistry of Macchio and Morita can be duplicated.

    Why try? Why can't hollywood come up with new ideas?
    Lol, i'll bet the new version has BJJ or something. Or at least something UFC - audience friendly.
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    Oh my sweet Jesus!
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    Well maybe Toshishiro Obata could do the Miyagi part if he spoke english better!!!
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    Maybe they could use Higaonna and dubb in the lines!
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    Why try? Why can't hollywood come up with new ideas?
    I have been wondering the same thing for about 5 years now.
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    *blah*
    I dont know what to say.
    How can any words in English express the horror and revulsion I currently feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris McLean
    Why try? Why can't hollywood come up with new ideas?
    I have been wondering the same thing for about 5 years now.
    Chris - the reason is called MONEY.

    Most movies are financial flops/money losers - or at best break-even events.

    Then there are the mega hits/blockbusters, which means movie sequels like evil spawn until that well runs dry.

    Between making the flops and blockbusters the corporate empty suits look back twenty-thirty years ago and say; "Let's re-make that one for the new generation of movie-goers to justify our jobs".

    However to be fair that this is just a new problem, a famous Hollywood director once quipped back in the 1960's:
    "Between my flops I had a few hits..."

    The nature of the entertainment biz - it ain't about art.
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    it ain't about art.

    Unfortunately your right. LOL THe Karate Kid is a timeless piece and generations to come can still benifit from the purity of the work portrayed in that film. I will moan and complain all the way to the theater to see the new one. Maybe we will be surprised but I dont think so not with Will Smith and Jackie Chan, and I really do think they are both great guys just not for this work.
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    It's will be OK.

    The original movie wasn't that great either.

    Pat Morita was the only thing the original movie had going for it.

    Who should play the role then? Ken Watanabe is too young. Maybe get Sulu. I think George Takei is still alive.
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