Film literally picks up where the 1984 one left off, with spunky teen Ralph Macchio winning a karate contest against no-good ruffians.
Informed that his father is gravely ill, Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita heads back to his native Okinawa, with Macchio in tow. His father, who soon dies, turns out to be the last of Morita’s concerns.
Morita loved a young woman on the island but left in deference to her arranged marriage to Sato. Latter, also a karate expert, has never forgiven Morita for backing out of a fight which would have determined who got the girl. In addition, Sato’s nephew takes an instant disliking to Macchio.
Script delivers any number of wise old Eastern homilies. Anyone over the age of 18 is liable to start fidgeting when Macchio dominates the action, but then viewers beyond that advanced age are irrelevant with this film.
1986: Nomination: Best Song (‘Glory of Love’)