Cobra Kai Creators are revisiting The Karate Child and teasing season three on Netflix

We highlight all of the brilliant “Karate Kid” nuances that paved the way for “Cobra Kai”.

Welcome to your fourth edition of the Collider Movie Club! The Movie Club, hosted by Coy Jandreau and Perri Nemiroff, offers an in-depth study of the key themes, execution and impact of some of our favorite films. This week, Coy and Perri are welcome Cobra Kai Creator and executive producer Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg at the Movie Club to discuss the film that started it all The karate kid!

The film was a huge success in 1984 and paved the way for three follow-up films. The karate child part II, The Karate Child Part III and then The next karate kid With Hilary Swank. The original film was then restarted in 2010 Jaden Smith in the title role before handing over the reins to Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg for their phenomenal sequel by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) Story. In an industry that loves bringing back popular movies and franchises, I firmly believe Cobra Kai is one of the best in the group. Not only does the Netflix series, shot on YouTube, continue the characters’ stories with great purpose, but it also manages to re-illuminate the events of the original film.

Martin Kove, Pat Morita and Martin Kove in The Karate Kid

Image via Columbia Pictures

That being said, another must-see tour of The Karate Kid is a must before the third season of Cobra Kai hits Netflix in the new year. Who better to visit the film with than with Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg? You can read our Movie Club discussion of The Karate Kid in the video at the top of this article! You might even find some Cobra Kai season 3 teasing in the mix, like maybe a discussion of the value of all three approaches to teaching karate – Miyagi-Do, Johnny’s Cobra Kai, and Kreese’s Tactic. Hurwitz said the following about this:

“One of the big things that we always talk about on the show and while writing the show is the different perspectives on karate and these characters, that everyone, even Kreese in our minds, is a character who believes they are teaching you The right way. He believes his lessons are lessons that are valuable to people. We talk about them sometimes [how] Some students may benefit more from Miyagi-Do karate, while others may benefit more from Cobra Kai in some ways. If you are shy and people run over you and things like that, there is some benefit to the first stop of the strike in standing up for yourself and for lessons that a Kreese sensei or Cobra Kai might teach you. And in relation to Miyagi-Do, everything that is taught there is obviously valuable. Certain children may need these values ​​and in that way need to find balance in their lives. So it’s always the discussion that we’re talking about, the push and pull, and the point of view, what’s the right way to go? ”


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After watching this issue of the Karate Kid from the Collider Movie Club, stay tuned because we’re going to have a chat Wonder woman next before the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on December 25th.

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Perri Nemiroff
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Perri Nemiroff has been part of the Collider team since 2012. She is the co-host of Collider FYC, The Witching Hour, and host of the Collider Ladies Night interview series. Perri is a proud graduate of Columbia University’s Film MFA program and a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Perri divides her time between Los Angeles and New York, but devotes every waking hour to her cat, Deputy Dewey.

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