As part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Stephen and I will be joining Phil Yu (aka Angry Asian Man), Jenny Yang, Emily Chang and the one and only Tamlyn Tomita for Crane-Kick Commentary, a special screening of The Karate Kid, Part II in which we’ll be providing live running commentary on the one of the GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME!!!!!
In addition, musician Jane Lui will be leading us in a sing-along of “Glory of Love,” the most powerful movie ballad in the history of movie ballads.
The original KK2 trailer:
From the LAAPFF website:
“As a sort of follow-up to last year’s 30th anniversary screening and reunion of THE KARATE KID at the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications partners up with many of the organizers of that event to revisit what happens to Danny Russo and Mr. Miyagi when they fly across the Pacific to show off their unique brand of martial arts to the country where it all started. Inspired by “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and local improv groups such as Cold Tofu, noted blogger Phil Yu (aka Angry Asian Man) leads an impromptu panel in a real-time commentary of THE KARATE KID, PART II — director John Avildsen’s follow-up to the 1984 blockbuster.
Phil and friends re-visit what happens when Danny (Ralph Macchio) and Miyagi (Pat Morita) travels to Okinawa to visit Miyagi’s dying father — reuniting with the old sweetheart (Nobu McCarthy); meeting the winsome niece (Tamlyn Tomita); and encountering the local bully Chozen (Yuji Okumoto). And let’s not forget the famous “drum” technique. While THE KARATE KID was a surprise hit that came out from right field, the follow-up arguably relied on age-old cinematic archetypes as the ignorant outsider, the lost-lost love, the innocent hottie, the smoking-hot bully, and so on. Needless to say, film snobs smelled a rat upon its theatrical release. Ahh, but so what? Thirty years later, it’s still lots of fun, if only to see a parade of up-and-coming Asian American acting talents appear on-screen, led by the late Nobu McCarthy as Yukie, and Tamlyn Tomita’s debut as Kumiko. And oh, did we mention that before the show begins, we’re hosting a karaoke sing-off to see who does the best rendition of Peter Cetera’s “The Glory of Love,” the bombastic love ballad that closes the film? We assure you, there’s lots of campy good fun in store, so be sure to join us.”