The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984)

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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 tournament you see that in the match between Daniel and Dutch, Dutch scores a point, but Daniel scores the next point and wins, yet Dutch scored the first point.

Correction: It's a montage. The entire fight isn't shown.


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.

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: 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.

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Continuity mistake: We first see from the inside of the door (and therefore backwards) the instructions that Mr. Miyagi leaves for Daniel to paint the house. In the next shot we see the same note from the outside - from Daniel's viewpoint. Clearly they are two different notes. The left & right arrows switch directions, the drawings of the hands change, the position of Miyagi's signature changes, and the placement of some of the exclamation points changes.

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

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Question: Johnny mentions something about ex-degenerate. I was just curious, what exactly was he talking about?


Chosen answer: He's basically saying that he's going to go "straight-edge" and stop drinking, partying etc. He's going to buckle down and be good. Most likely to win Allie back.

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