We've posted the first two trailers for the upcoming remake / reboot / whatever you want to call it for The Karate Kid after the jump. I'm looking at it as a different movie in general. It has the same themes as the original version, but it's just a whole different character dealing with the same types of problems as the first series' Daniel character. It's kind of like another Next Karate Kid - same theme, different character. You know what would be really cool? If they put Chris Tucker in this and called it The Karate Kid's Rush Hour. Now there's an idea! Yeah, I don't know where that bit of randomness came from either. I apologize.
In Columbia Pictures' The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
The Karate Kid was directed by Harald Zwart and stars Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan,and Taraji P. Henson.
The movie comes out on June 11th.