The new ベスト・キッド

27 Jun

I wrote an earlier post about the remake of the classic ’80s movie “The Karate Kid“.

Click here to read that earlier post. In it, I discussed the impact the original made on the world and how it almost seemed sacrilegious to attempt a remake.

Well, the remake version has been released in theaters in America on June 11th.
Here’s the U.S. flyer for the movie:

U.S. "Karate Kid" flyer

Have you watched this movie yet? What do you think? Is it good?

The date that this movie will hit theaters in Japan has been announced. The ロードショー (screen debut) will be Saturday, August 14th in Japan. I was skeptical about this movie until I saw the trailers.
You can see the U.S. trailer for this movie on my other post here or the Japanese trailer on the official 「ベスト・キッド」 (Japanese “Karate Kid”) website.

In Japan, both the original ’80s “Karate Kid” movie and this new remake are titled 「ベスト・キッド」 (“Best Kid“).

Here’s the Japanese flyer for the ’80s 「ベスト・キッド」 (“Karate Kid“):

Japanese flyer for 1984 「ベスト・キッド」 ("Karate Kid")

And here’s the new Japanese flyer for the 2010 remake version:

Japanese flyer for 2010 remake version of 「ベスト・キッド」 ("Karate Kid")


On a different subject…

It’s now summer in Japan. There are many summer festivals in Japan.
Check out my “Festivals In Tokyo” page for a listing of some of the major festivals in summer (and the other times of year too).

One of the most popular festivals in July and August in Japan is 花火大会 (fireworks shows).

You can see a basic listing in English of the fireworks shows around Tokyo on my “Festivals In Tokyo” page by clicking here.

But for a more comprehensive listing of this year’s fireworks shows for Tokyo and anywhere else in Japan, you can visit the 「花火カレンダー2010」 (“2010 Fireworks Calendar”.

This fireworks calendar site is a collaboration between the “Walker Plus” magazine and Suntory 「金麦」 (Kinmugi) beer.

It’s in Japanese only though.
But if you can’t read Japanese and want help finding a fireworks show in your area, Email me and I’ll help you.

Have you ever watched a fireworks show in Japan? It’s crowded but a lot of fun.

7 Responses to “The new ベスト・キッド”

  1. tokyo5 August 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    My oldest daughter and I watched the new 「ベスト・キッド」 (Karate Kid) today.

    Not as good as the original but still quite good, we both felt.


  2. S July 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    Will you go see “Best Kid” with your family in Tokyo??

    I think it would be fun to see this kind of movie in a group!

    And thanks for posting the date when it will be in theaters, in Tokyo. I had a tough time looking for that on the web!


    • tokyo5 July 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

      Yes, we’re probably gonna see it in theaters next month. But if not, then we’ll watch it on DVD when it comes to rental shops.

      >thanks for posting the date when it will be in theaters, in Tokyo.

      Are you in Tokyo?


  3. Eva July 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I have watched The Karate Kid by Jaden and Jackie Chan. I remembered watching the original version of the Karate Kid, but can’t really recall the story line. Overall I like this new version, really touched by Jaden’s performance and acting. But if it’s not as long as 140 mins, maybe it will be much better. Aside from that, I guess they should title it Kungfu Kid instead of Karate Kid.. 🙂


    • tokyo5 July 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

      >I guess they should title it Kungfu Kid

      Many people have said that.
      I guess they wanted the “name recognition” factor to help make the new movie popular.


  4. cuteandcurls June 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Ive not watched the new ‘Karate Kid’ movie and prolly wont watch it either a fan of the old with Mr Miyagi & Daniel. They really should rename the title itself ..
    Fireworks in Japan are amazing as what i saw on the telly. Its worth all the preparation and effort.


    • tokyo5 June 27, 2010 at 11:39 pm #

      Karate Kid is one of my favorite movies…and, as I wrote above, I was sure a remake was a bad idea (especially one that takes place in China and uses Kung-Fu)…but I think it looks like it might be good.

      And have you seen Japanese fireworks on TV? You should see them in “real-life”.


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