The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984)

27 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: When Daniel enters Mr. Miyagi's house for the first time, the door knocks into wind chimes hanging from the ceiling. When Daniel's mother finds Daniel at Mr. Miyagi's house and enters, the chimes are gone.

Correction: Given the time that passes, he easily could have taken them down.

Greg Dwyer

New this week Nothing confirms that he was removing them.

New this week Nothing confirms he didn't remove them either.

Jason Hoffman

New this week Nothing confirms he wasn't either.


Corrected entry: In the semi-finals match where Daniel is about to fight Bobby, the announcer and Kreese call him Bobby Butterman. After he intentionally hurts Daniel they say that Bobby Brown has been disqualified. (01:54:30)

Correction: Before the fight, he's addressed as "Bobby Brown" twice by the announcer. And Kreese only addresses him as "Bobby."


Corrected entry: The first time Daniel goes into the Kobra Kai Dojo, when the camera is behind him, you can see a cameraman dressed in black in the mirrors at the other end of the room.

Correction: This supposed "camaraman" is John Kreese (the sensei). He's wearing black and can be seen in both mirrors (which is probably why this mistake was mistaken).

Corrected entry: Daniel's antagonist is portrayed as a black belt in the movie, yet in the climactic "crane stance scene" he stands there while Daniel sets up his "secret" crane kick (which is after all only a glorified jumping front kick) definitely not something an experienced tournament fighter would do.

Correction: This is a character mistake, and not a genuine movie mistake. People do stupid things. Also, Johnny can't do anything at the point where Daniel sets it up, it is against the rules. He has to wait until the referee tells them to fight, which he won't do until he determines that Daniel is ready. If Johnny went after him at that point, he could have been disqualified.

Corrected entry: When Mr. Miyagi rescued Daniel, he didn't hit Johnny in the face at all. The next day, however, Johnny had a black eye.

Matty Blast

Correction: You didn't see Johnny or his gang during the entire chase before. Maybe it was caused when he and the other Cobra Kai's fell in the gym, or when he burst out of the stall after Daniel turned the hose on him. Point is, it could have happened at any point during the entire sequence and not necessarily because of Mr. Miyagi.

Corrected entry: Bobby was disqualified in the semi-finals for "deliberate and intentional contact" when he kicked Daniel in the knee, but Johnny grabbed Daniel's leg in the final match and dropped an elbow on the same knee without any penalty.

Correction: Johnny was not disqualified for this attack, but he was given a warning by the referee. This can be heard over all the commotion if the sound is put loud enough.

This is somewhat strange that Johnny wasn't disqualified but only got a warning. Bobby was immediately disqualified after he reluctantly hurt Daniel's knee. Everyone knew that Daniel's left knee was hurt so they would think that Johnny wanted to further hurt Daniel.

Corrected entry: The way the leader board is arranged it's obvious the tournament is single elimination, you lose, you're out. During the montage, Bobby eliminates the same guy twice; you can tell its two different matches because the referees are not the same.

Correction: The tournament is only single-elimination after the quarter finals. Most of the montage shows qualifying or preliminary rounds to determine who fights in the tournament, where a loss wouldn't prevent a person from still making it to the quarter final round. The 2nd match between Brown and Hall was the quarter finals, where Hall was then eliminated.


Corrected entry: After Miyagi beats up the Cobra Kai gang, the next day all of the boys are shown training in their dojo with a few scrapes and black eyes. The following day or so, Daniel sees guys again at school and one of them has his arm in a sling.

Correction: Actually, the guy with the sling also wears it in the dojo. It can just hardly be made out, as everybody is wearing a white training suit. In the scene, the guy is standing in the front row.

Corrected entry: In the movie, Daniel simply rides his bicycle to the beach from Reseda and back. It would be very difficult to make that journey on a bicycle. The nearest beaches from Reseda are at least 15 miles away and would include many miles of swervy roads, hills, and cliffs. Even if riding this route on a bike was possible, it would take at least 2 hours or more each way.

Correction: He doesn't have a car and all the girls at his new school hang out at the beach, so there's his motivation. A casual cycling speed is about ten miles an hour, making the trip an hour and a half, tops. Daniel is a soccer player too, so he's probably fit enough to make the trip faster than that. If you want to argue that the terrain added to his time, fine. So he rode his bike for two hours there and two hours back. I'd done almost as much when I was still in elementary school; Before the age of 12, I, an asthmatic, rode my bike from Wapello, IA to Oakville, IA, a distance of about 12 miles. Daniel, being a good deal older than I was and great deal more athletic, could certainly handle this trip to the beach with little trouble.

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Corrected entry: As Daniel gets out of his mom's car for his first date with Ali, his shoes are white. When we see him being introduced to Ali's parents, his shoes have changed to brown.

Correction: Actually, his shoes are brown with a white Nike swoosh during the entire scene. When he got out of his mum's car, the white bit is the Nike Swoosh logo which led you to believe that the whole shoe was white.

Corrected entry: When Daniel plays the Joke on Johnny in the bathroom at the school dance he runs out of the bathroom before Johnny knows who it is but yet Johnny runs right past the kid dressed as spider man and out of the bathroom. How did he know it wasn't the kid who was dressed as Spider Man who sprayed him with water?


Correction: These people all go to school together, they know each other well. Johnny knows that "Spider-Man" wouldn't have done something like that to him. Either out of fear or friendship, we don't know. Most people at that school would fit into either of those categories as Johnny is an extremely aggressive bully. Only Daniel, the new kid, would have had the nerve to do something like that.

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Correction: And the kid dressed as Spider man goes to cobra kai.

Corrected entry: When Daniel is about to hose Johnny down in the bathroom during the Halloween party, Johnny only has one glove on. When Johnny chases Daniel (and eventually beats him up), he has two gloves on. With all the commotion, he would not have taken the time to put another glove on.


Correction: He could have easily taken it out of his pocket and put it on while they were chasing Daniel. Especially if he knew they would be hopping fences etc.

Correction: He was rolling joints in the stall and wanted to have a hand without a glove to make it easy to roll them.


Correction: I'm watching the movie right now and Johnny twists the joint while wearing one glove and then right before the scene ends he reaches for his other glove... after Daniel hoses him down he runs out of the stall wearing both gloves.

Corrected entry: When Daniel and Mr. Miyagi are on their way to the part of the arena where Daniel will have his 1st match, you see a group of Kobra Kai's, led by Johnny and his boys, running by them and shoving Daniel. However, as soon as Daniel gets to his circle, you can see Johnny and his boys already there and looking on.


Correction: All this is done to intimidate Daniel. They jog by and shove him, then jog to his first match. Since he doesn't even know where it is initially they have plenty of time to beat him there.

Corrected entry: Mr. Miyagi goes to get the bucket & soap for Daniel to wash the cars. We see a shot of Daniel admiring the yellow car, and it's broad daylight. Then we see a shot of Mr. Miyagi holding the bucket and smiling, and it's pitch black outside. He meets Daniel at the yellow car and we're in broad daylight again.

Matty Blast

Correction: It is not pitch black. In the new widescreen version you can see the sunlight hitting Mr. Miyagi. It is also early in the day when the sun is not up very high yet so the black you see is the shade from the trees.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Daniel is training in the sea, Mr. Miyagi asks a couple of drunk guys to move their bottles. It is very clear that the bottles explode before he hits them.

Correction: The bottles do not "explode".the tops are knocked off, and there is nothing to indicate it happens before Mr. Miyagi hits them. Pat Morita simply knocked the tops off of 2 prop bottles that were prepped to break easily.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When Daniel fought Johnny on the beach, all of Johnny's attacks were to Daniel's left side but his right eye was black in the morning.

Correction: Actually Johnny lands a crescent kick to the right side of Daniel's face during the last barrage of attacks.

Corrected entry: Before Daniel goes to Golf N' Stuff with Ali, Daniel has very dark cuts and bruises on his face from the fight at the Halloween party. When Daniel goes on the date, his bruises are very faded. In the sanding scene, his bruises are very prominent again.


Correction: He could have easily used some light make up to cover up and not show Ali the extent of the damage; he would have not bothered to do so when going to Miyagi's.

Corrected entry: There is no face contact allowed in this tournament but Daniel wins the championship after kicking Johnny in the face, he should have been disqualified.

Correction: I am pretty sure that the rules is that there cannot be contact to face with a hand, or open fist. Kicks from feet are permittable, as the referees let kicks to Daniel's face from both Dutch and Johnny, and kicks to other particpants' faces, be rewarded points earlier on.

It is only a theory, there is nothing that would confirm it.

Corrected entry: When Daniel is painting the fence, Mr. Miyagi walks out to go fishing, and Daniel has his right arm/hand on his hip, yet in the following shot from a distance it is no longer on his hip, but at his side. (01:09:50)


Correction: Need more clarification for this entry. When Daniel paints the fence, Mr. Miyagi does not go fishing, but works on his garden, as we see him doing when Daniel thinks he is done and Mr. Miyagi asks if he painted both sides. Mr. Miyagi had already left for fishing when Daniel came by to paint the house.

Corrected entry: When they first show Daniel waxing and cleaning the yellow 1947 Ford convertible, the rocker panel has a significant amount of rust and peeling paint. In the rest of the film, the car is completely rust free and has show quality paint.


Correction: Most likely, Miyagi had the car painted before giving it to Daniel as a birthday present.

Revealing mistake: When Daniel is running from Johnny and his gang after the bathroom incident at the dance, there's a lot of fog outside. If you look at one of the trees in the background, you can see that all the fog is being puffed out from behind the tree - obviously a fog machine.

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Miyagi: Wax on... Wax off. Wax on... Wax off.

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Trivia: Daniel's Apartment is called "The South Seas," located in Reseda, CA.

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