Though it was made over three decades ago, The Karate Kid (1984) and the life lessons Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel-San are still relevant today. True strength comes from the inside, winning or losing doesn't matter, and of above all, never forget to breathe.
Here are 20 fascinating facts you probably didn't know about The Karate Kid (1984).
1/20. Kyle Eastwood auditioned for the role of Daniel LaRusso. When he failed to get the part, his father Clint Eastwood retaliated by banning all Coca-Cola products from his movie sets, since Columbia Studios, who made The Karate Kid, was owned by Coca-Cola at the time.
2/20. Pat Morita was initially turned down for the role of Mr. Miyagi because apparently there was a policy that prohibited comedians from being hired for the role. He was later given the role because he did the best reading during the auditions.
3/20. The referee in the final match is Pat E. Johnson, a karate expert and former student of Chuck Norris. He instructed many movie stars in karate. He is credited as the "fight instructor/choreographer" for the film.
4/20. Former screenwriter Dennis Palumbo has said that he was offered the screen writing job for the film but reacted to the offer by saying he'd be "willing to do it if he (the title character, Daniel LaRusso) lost the fight in the end." Palumbo explained his reasoning: "You can't have Mr. Miyagi tell him, 'It doesn't matter if you win or lose,' for 90 minutes and then have to have him win." Palumbo went on to say, "But that's because I was being a moron... Now, they made four sequels to that movie, so obviously I was wrong."
5/20. In real life, Pat Morita did not talk with the heavy Japanese accent that he uses in the film as Mr. Miyagi. He can be heard talking in his "normal" voice on many of the DVD featurettes.