The Karate Kid

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

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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Trivia: Daryl Vidal created the crane kick for the movie and was Pat Morita's stunt double during the scene where Miyagi is perfoming the crane kick on the stumps.

Trivia: Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi) never learned karate.

Trivia: William Zabka (Johnny) produced the music video for No More Kings' single titled "Sweep the Leg Johnny." The name comes from Kreese's infamous line at the end of the movie and the video for the song includes Karate Kid cast members William Zabka, Ralph Macchio (Daniel), Tony O'Dell (Kobra Kai Jimmy), Rob Garrison (Kobra Kai Tommy), Ron Thomas (Kobra Kai Bobby), Martin Kove (Kobra Kai sensei Kreese), and Erik Felix (Kobra Kai student Robertson).

Trivia: The name Miyagi and the karate style he used are based in truth. The real Miyagi lived in China and combined Okinawan techniques with Chinese kenpo to create the Gojuryu style demonstrated in the movie. However, many of the moves performed, such as the "crane kick", were created solely for this movie and do not exist in the style.

Trivia: An original draft of the script had Bobby quit the Kobra Kais by throwing his belt down in front of Kreese and walking out of the arena after the injured Daniel was taken to the medical room.

Trivia: There only actual black belts in the cast are: Daryl Vidal (Johnny's semi-final opponent), Pat Johnson (head official for tournament), Chad McQueen (Dutch), and Ron Thomas (Bobby Brown of the Kobra Kai).

Trivia: Listen closely when Ali trips the Cobra Kai's at the Halloween dance, you can hear the sound of bowling pins dropping; a little joke referencing the skeleton costumes the guys were wearing.

Trivia: The production had to ask DC comics to make the film because they had released a comic with the title "Karate Kid".

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Trivia: For the role of Daniel the production considered Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Nicholas Cage and Eric Stoltz.

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Trivia: Ralph Macchio got the yellow car from the production as a present, and still has it.

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Trivia: Charlie Sheen and Crispin Glover were considered for the role of Johnny.

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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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