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The Karate Kid Remake Reflected A Familiar Struggle For Jackie Chan

Everyone loves a good underdog story. “The Karate Kid” is as best as it gets.

In the 2010 film, Jaden Smith’s Dre Parker has his life upended when he moves to China with his mom (Taraji P. Henson), finding himself in a stranger’s land. Dre doesn’t speak any Mandarin. He gets picked on endlessly by the school bully, and he struggles to make friends. It also doesn’t help that he is much smaller than his peers and gets thrashed for standing up for himself. Every day he goes to school, wishing it’ll be a different day, and every day he returns home having lost hope. Dre’s life changes when he becomes a protégé of Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a former kung fu master-turned-local handyman who promises to teach him real kung fu and self-defense. What transpires next is an inspiring, rousing tale of an underdog who rises to great ranks. While the story is a remake of the semi-autobiographical 1984 film — it’s a story Jackie Chan related to a lot when he first arrived in Hollywood.

From a stuntman to a hero

Jackie Chan is a household name today, but the actor endured many years of hard work and far too many injuries to establish himself in mainstream cinema. When filming “The Karate Kid,” Chan recognized just how much he resonated with the fish-out-of-water plot, having moved from Hong Kong to Hollywood, like Dre moved from Detroit to Beijing.

Ahead of the film’s release, the actor shared with BBC News that Dre’s storyline was “exactly” like his life story. While Chan didn’t face any bullies as Dre did, he struggled to settle in a new country where people spoke a different language. He went to school every day, where he was questioned about his background, and his reasons for coming to Hollywood.

“It’s exactly like me! Except nobody bullied me. I went by myself to Hollywood, I spoke no English, every day I had to go to school.”

Chan was interrogated to no end. Every day, he answered the same questions:

“Where are you from? Hong Kong. What’s your name? Jackie Chan. Why do you come to Hollywood? I want to make kung fu movies. Every day! Ah … just very very tough for me.”

He was unhappy with the image conveyed by his stardom

Before the actor turned to Hollywood, Jackie Chan had multiple credits as a stuntman and an acrobat, starring alongside Bruce Lee as an extra in “Fist of Fury.” Six years later, he had established himself in the slapstick kung fu comedy genre with his role in “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow.”

Soon after, Chan found significant success in Asia, thanks to his work in “Drunken Master,” an action-comedy film that made drunken boxing a new trend for kung fu comedies that came after. It propelled Chan to stardom, but the actor wasn’t pleased about being looked up to in that way. The actor explained that his priorities from starring in successful box office movies had changed, and he began caring about the characters he was playing. He wanted to inspire people, sure, but not inspire them to replicate his kung fu, especially the drunken style of fighting displayed in “Drunken Master.” He continued to BBC News:

“When I was young I didn’t care about education, just money and box office. People just copied all the bad things I was doing in movies.”

Chan went over his experience at the time and made sure the “Drunken Master” sequel would inspire a different lesson. After the first film taught people “how to drink and fight,” the second featured the principles of “Don’t drink, don’t fight.”

The Hong Kong superstar wanted to make meaningful films

The action star wanted to “do something meaningful” in his career, and with “The Karate Kid,” Jackie Chan did precisely that. Chan felt an affinity for the story because he was Dre Parker once, too. Being thrown into a different culture was “frightening” to him (via Emanuel Levy, Cinema 24/7). It’s no wonder the film is so close to his heart:

“I understand the fish-out-of-water story … About 30 years ago, I went to America for the first time by myself. When you’re in a completely different culture, it’s very frightening.”

Speaking about his character and recounting how a teacher also learns from his student, the actor said: “At first Mr. Han thinks he is only helping this bullied boy, but in the end, his life is also transformed.”

Jackie Chan will be next seen in “Ride On,” a Chinese comedy film that tells the story of a washed-up martial artist, Lao Luo (Chan), who is devoted to his stunt horse but must give him away due to his debts. The film is expected to be released in December 2022.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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