The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984)

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Continuity mistake: When Daniel and Miyagi are in Miyagi's house, Miyagi walks away and comes back with a photo and hands it to Daniel. Daniel is holding the photo in his left hand on the corner, but when it cuts, he is now holding it with his right. (01:25:35)


Continuity mistake: When Miyagi leaves Daniel a note to paint the house, the paint brush is visible in the background on the floor. The position of the paintbrush changes in the following shot when Daniel kicks the sheets off the top of the paint tins. (01:10:20)


Continuity mistake: After the Halloween fight, none of the Cobras injures the next day match what happened to them the night before. Johnny had a black eye although he was only flipped and chopped in the chest. Tommy had his arm in a sling, but he was kicked twice in the stomach.

Continuity mistake: In the final country club scene when Ali is dancing with her father, she glances at Johnny sitting at the table, as her father asks her about how she and Johnny are doing. Then a second later, Johnny is suddenly behind them on the dance floor with Ali's mother.


Continuity mistake: In the very beginning, when Daniel and his mom start to drive away from their old house in New Jersey, Daniel's bike is strapped to the roof of the station wagon. The bike is positioned with the front tire of the bike facing the back of the vehicle. A couple seconds later, in the very next cut scene, the bike is facing the opposite direction.

Other mistake: After Tommy's arm gets broken during the skeleton fight with Miyagi he appears days later in practice drill in Kreese's dojo, with his right arm in a sling. Huffing punches like the other Cobras, which would be impossible with his injury. (00:49:45 - 00:50:45)


Other mistake: The end tournament is supposed to be only the very best trained fighters in brown and black belts. Yet the majority of opponents against the Cobras are easily defeated, with weak tactics, unlike Daniel-san and the Asian guy, who actually use fight techniques.


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Suggested correction: Although this observation is accurate, keep in mind that the Cobras have a reputation as dirty and vicious fighters so it is very possible their earlier opponents were intimidated by them and therefore easily beaten.

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Myagi and Daniel go to the dojo to stop the fighting, the earlier scene revealed that they left the apartment at 10am. Assuming that there was some time to get to the dojo, they left a few minutes later and then drove to Mr. Myagi's house to start the training. Daniel starts to wax the cars and the sky is showing a sunset. At the latest, it may have been around 11am when they got to the house, so there is no way the sun could be setting.

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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Question: At the end of their date, Daniel and Ali run into some of her snobby friends who insult Daniel and drive off. Then Ali seems irritated at Daniel, but why? She's the one who is more laid back about their relationship and the fact that Daniel doesn't fit in with her friends. You'd think if anything she would try to reassure Daniel and say it's no big deal. So why is she mad at him, especially since he didn't say or do anything to make her so?


Chosen answer: She is irritated because he told her she could have gone with her friends if she wanted. I believe she got annoyed because Ali thought Daniel should have realized by now she wanted to be with him and didn't care what her friends thought.


Also, you have to take a look at the snobby friends involved. Johnny and Dutch, two of Daniel's tormentors, were in the front seat and another one, Tommy, was in the backseat with two of Ali's friends who have always looked down on him. This came on the heels of another of Ali's snobby but nicer friends chatting with the two of them from a brand new sports car. Not to mention that at the start of the evening he met Ali's parents who made him uncomfortable. Although it is true that she would have been irritated with Daniel because he hadn't figured out that she didn't care what her friends or parents thought, he couldn't see past the fact that Johnny and his friends were part of her circle. He believed that she would look down on him and wouldn't be any different, which she picked up on, sparking her irritation when he told her she could have gone with them if she wanted to.


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