The makers of The Karate Kid Part III - also responsible for its successful predecessors - have either delivered or taken a few too many kicks to the head along the way, resulting in a particularly dimwitted film that will likely spell the death of the series.

The makers of The Karate Kid Part III – also responsible for its successful predecessors – have either delivered or taken a few too many kicks to the head along the way, resulting in a particularly dimwitted film that will likely spell the death of the series.

The only remarkable things about it are that Ralph Macchio still looks young enough to play a 17-year-old, and that Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita can still milk some charm from his character by mumbling sage Miyagi-isms about things like life and tree roots, despite their utter inanity this time around.

Martin Kove reprises his role from the first pic as Kreese, the nasty karate master previously humbled by Miyagi (Morita) and still bitter from the experience.

This time, however, he has a patron – former Vietnam buddy Terry (Thomas Ian Griffith), who apparently has made millions dumping toxic chemicals yet has nothing better to do than devote his time to seeking vengeance against Miyagi and protege Daniel (Macchio) on Kreese’s behalf.

The Karate Kid Part III

Production

Columbia. Director John G. Avildsen; Producer Jerry Weintraub; Screenplay Robert Mark Kamen; Camera Stephen Yaconelli; Editor John Carter, John G. Avildsen; Music Bill Conti; Art Director William F. Matthews

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 111 MIN.

With

Ralph Macchio Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita Robyn Lively Thomas Ian Griffith Martin Kove Sean Kanan

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