The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984)

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Corrected entry: After Daniel is thrown down the embankment on his bike, damaging it and hurting his head, he is seen the next day walking with Ali and her friend. He explains that the plaster on his head is due to a bike accident. "What kind of bike do you have, Daniel," says Ali's friend, "Honda, Suzuki, what?" "No," he says, "it's a Miyagi Turbo, actually." However, Mr Miyagi has not yet fixed his bike, and Daniel barely knows him. He does not discover the mended bike and make friends with Mr Miyagi until the next scene. (00:26:50)

Correction: Even if he barely knows Miyagi, he knows OF him (since Miyagi is their janitor, and fixed their sink earlier on). When the girls believe he drives a motorcycle he does not want to admit it is a pedal bike, and so he makes up a name for an MC, using the first Japanese name that springs to mind. After all, it sounds cooler if people think you drive a rare motorbike than an old 10-speed racing bike.


I think you missed the point of what the person pointed out. The point is he ties Mr. Miyagi to his bike before Mr. Miyagi had even fixed it. It's out of sequence.

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

Nothing confirms that he was removing them.

Nothing confirms that they ate every day during the film's time frame either. Does that mean they didn't eat other than what we saw?


Nothing confirms he didn't remove them either.

There are at least 3 scenes where the chimes are present. 1. When Daniel first goes to Myagi's room-he opens the door and hits the chimes. 2. When he goes to Myagi's room to say thank you for fixing his bike-the chimes seem a little further away from the door and he seems to have to exaggerate the door opening to actually hit them. 3. When Daniels mother enters Myagi's room the chimes are there (possibly slightly repositioned) but she doesn't open the door wide enough to make contact with them.

Correction: No they aren't. She just opens the door enough to not bump it.


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 Daniel and Mr Miyagi go to visit the Kobra Kai, if you notice the student who gets thrown down by the Sensei is the last of the students in that line on the far right, yet on the far away shot, there is a gap where he used to be. (00:46:30)


Correction: The position is vacant because the student has moved to the left side of the wide angle shot to do his push-ups (as instructed in the scene before).

Corrected entry: Daniel is given a patch with a picture of a large bonsai tree on it prior to the tournament. Daniel signs up for the tournament just moments before it takes place. How could Daniel's name board used for the tournament ladder standings have a picture of the tree that was on the patch?

Correction: This is a good point, and I was wondering about it myself, but it's possible that Daniel was pre-registered for the tournament, and that he was just checking in the morning of the tournament. That being the case, he and Miyagi could have submitted the bonsai tree insignia ahead of time. Again, a good catch but not necessarily a mistake.

Corrected entry: When Johnny and his team enter the locker room, Johnny has short hair. But later during the tournament, his hair is long again.

Correction: The guy with the short hair isn't Johnny, he's another of the Cobra Kais and this is evident when you see him knocked out of the tournament later.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Daniel and his mother are eating in a restaurant, you can see that on the street behind them several people walk in their direction and than suddenly stop and run away, seemingly realizing they were walking onto a movie set during filming.

Correction: Those guys are the Kobra Kais. They notice Daniel in the restaurant and run off laughing, possibly planning their next move against him.

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."


Correction: It does indeed say "Butterman" in the subtitles, but it's a subtitle exclusive mistake.

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: 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: 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.

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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Trivia: Ralph Macchio has almost no sense of smell at all. Just for fun, he makes it a point to smell something at least once during every movie he's in. In this movie, he smells a french fry at the restaurant, and he smells his underarm before approaching Alli.

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Question: Why does Daniel lie to Freddy Fernandez about his mother's job? He said that she worked with rocket computers, yet we see her working in a restaurant.


Chosen answer: He didn't lie. That was the company she was supposed to be working for. However, the company went bankrupt and she lost her job. She showed up at the restaurant at the same time that the hostess quit and was hired immediately.

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