A new Karate Kid movie!

Karate Kid (2010)

I must say when I saw that title on youtube as a 2010 trailer, it kind a hit me. I know we are in the age of remake movies and sometimes I can not say it’s bad. There is a lot of remake that are really good or that have a lot of potential. So seeing the title Karate Kid made me go back in my childhood memories, think about Mr Miyagi. So a remake of this movie got me a bit exited, I thought about maybe new angles on Japan, nice pictures and images selection and a some what good story line or moral that the old version had.

Remastered original movie cover picture


But the world of hope I created in my mind with those 30 seconse of seeing the title got destroyed, torn a part and broken  in millions of pieces when I did press play.

The trailer started and you see a young boy leaving with is mom to China.

Ok Let’s stop there first: ”China?? Karate is Japanese it does have Chinese origins but still it is Japanese.”

”Ok ok what if there is a Japanese sensei so let’s go keep it going!”

The little boy end’s up getting beaten by some Chinese class mate or from a school not far from his, a bit much like the original Karate kid, and like in the original a sensei pop’s in and save the boy. ”That part is much like the real Karate kid”

Then comes the final blow,the one that killed me  for good

The sensei say’s ”I’ll teach you real Kung Fu!!!!”

WHAT??? Humm Is the title of the movie kung-fu kid or Karate Kid, did I miss read or something???

Here is the trailers if you would like to witness what im talking about

The original Karate Kid

And

The latest you got it all wrong Karate Kid

How come people can be feed so much non sense? I know movie are Hollywood creation but a remake is a remake do it right or just leave the classic in its grave or at lest in its VHS copy. This movie still has the potential to be a fun movie to watch plus the quality of the images are really nice, since China as so much beautiful land scape. But please respect things, Karate is Karate and Kung Fu Kung Fu.

I really don’t enjoy doing  post like that one, but I did have to share it with you all. And don’t get me wrong I totally respect any practitioner of any martial art in the world, I am my self a Kendo-ka and a traditional Japanese Jujutsu partitioner but this is wrong.

I leave you from a quote from MR Miyagi and Daniel San from the Original Movie

Daniel: What kina belt do you have?à

Mr Miyagi: Jc peny G19

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A wonderful video

A wonderful video

This morning I was on @agaijinlife on twitter and one of my followers posted this video! I seriously needed to share it on Gaijinlife. It is a wonderfully directed video shot in Tokyo at night. The Image quality is insane and the video is beautifully made.

Go visit http://tokyoglow.com/hd.html to see it!

The movie Okuribito おくりびと

Okuribito おくりびと

Okuribito came out in 2008 in Japan but I only saw it last October.  I had to do a post about this movie because it touched my heart.  It is one of those must see movies, a classic I would say!!

It is the story of Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist in a Tokyo orchestra. He loses his job because of the dissolution of the orchestra. After quitting as a professional cellist he decides to sell his cello and move back to his old hometown, with his wife Sakata, Yamagata. One day he finds a classified advertisement for “Assisting departures” for an “NK Agency”. He goes to the job interview thinking it is for a job at a travel agency but discovers that NK is an abbreviation for “encoffinment” 納棺 nokan in Japanese and that he is instead to aid the “departed” by ceremonially preparing the dead in front of mourners before their bodies are placed in the coffin. The interviewer, the President of the NK Agency, immediately decides to hire Daigo after confirming that he is able to work hard. The salary is 500,000 yen per month with an extra 20,000 yen bonus for the interview. With no other job prospects, Daigo decides to accept the offer. However, when he comes home to his wife he finds himself unable to admit the type of work he will be doing so he dissembles, saying that he is to be employed in the ‘ceremonial occasions industry’, which his wife misunderstands as a wedding company.

I can’t tell you the rest of the story but it’s a beautiful movie, a life story and a wonderful example of ultimate respect.

Departures

The English version


It is one of the rare movies I would watch back from time to time.
Be sure to rent this movie. I like the Japanese original version better but it’s a personal choice.