Friday, March 19, 2010

Karate, Schmarate

There, Hollywood. I fixed your poster for you.

From what I can gather from the trailer, the new and completely unnecessary (is there any other kind?) remake of The Karate Kid takes place in Beijing, rather than California.

Apparently the producers believe if you've seen one Asian culture, you've seen them all, or else they'd know that Karate originated in Japan. Kung Fu is the martial art of China. Way to go, Hollywood! Maybe next you can make a Civil War movie where the East fights the West.

In a recent Yahoo article, star Jaden Smith said that the filmmakers knew that the title was inaccurate, but kept it "out of respect for their source material and because The Karate Kid has such name recognition among audiences." Yeah, well, if they really had any respect for the original then they wouldn't be remaking it, would they now?

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