The Karate Kid

Question: Why is Master Li evil at heart and why does he hold a grudge against Mr. Han? Also why isn't he on speaking terms such as the peace offering by Mr. Han?

Question: On the Air China Boeing 747 plane, Dre hesitantly mumbles something in Mandarin. What is Dre saying before the Asian businessman on the same plane across the row is insulted and replies "Dude, I'm from Detroit"?

Question: In the lunchroom cafeteria scene after Cheng sadistically and purposefully slams Dre's lunch tray all over him and knocking it over, Cheng says something to the teacher in Mandarin that is omitted by the English subtitles before Dre yells "Whatever he's saying, he is lying." What is Cheng saying?

Question: I have 2 questions. 1) At the waterfall, why did Dre and Meyeing take their shoes off if they would put them right back on? And 2) I know Dre took off his socks as well, but did Meyeing?

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Question: So what are these tournaments called in China? I'm trying to find one similar to them but am having a hard time.

Chosen answer: There are known as Wushu tournaments. Wushu means martial arts in Chinese.

Question: A few questions. 1. Why does everyone stare at Dre after he claps for Meiying for her performance? 2. Why is she told by her parents her and Dre can't be friends anymore? 3. Are there tournaments in China like the one in this movie? 4. Was this filmed in China at all?

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Chosen answer: 1. It was unexpected. In China, not clapping is considered a compliment. 2. They feel Dre is a distraction. 3. Yes. There are martial arts tournaments in China as depicted in the film. 4. Yes. The scenes which feature the Forbidden City, Wudang Mountain, and the Great Wall were filmed on location.

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Question: Why are Cheng, Liang, Zhuang and all the other boys so mean to Dre and why do they hate Dre so much even when Dre minds his own business? When Dre leaves them alone, why don't they leave Dre alone? They seem to be attacking Dre for no apparent reason like they're psychopaths. Are they purely malicious and evil at heart?

Chosen answer: Cheng is picking on Dre because Dre developed a crush on Meiying, a violinist, but it is implied that she is Cheng's love interest since his family is close to Meiying's. After Dre develops a crush on Meiying and she reciprocates those feelings, Cheng becomes jealous and vindictive. From then on, Cheng and his gang continually bully Dre. As bullies usually do, they attack someone they perceive as being weaker, purely for malicious reasons.

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Question: Why does Meyeing seem to only wear blue fluffy socks?

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Chosen answer: There's no reason given. It's just a personal preference.

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Question: Why did Dre's mom make him go to school the day after he arrived into another country that he doesn't even speak the country's language yet? Besides both Dre and Dre's mom have jet lag so they'd probably sleep in even if they both had an alarm clock.

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Chosen answer: Dre's mother had him learning the language before the moved, he would have known the language if he wasn't so lazy. Jet lag or not she wanted him in school.

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Mr. Han: You've already accomplished everything you wanted to. Why do you still want to fight?
Dre Parker: Because win or lose, I don't want to be afraid any more. And I'm still afraid.

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Mistakes

When the karate kid first goes to Mr Han's house to train, he drops his jacket by the doorway. Later on as they are talking, you can see his jacket move to different spots on the ground between shots.

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Trivia

Whilst this movie is a remake of the 80's Karate Kid, and is named the same, no actual karate is performed at all. It's all kung-fu.

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