Franchise Weekend – The Next Karate Kid (1994)

Director: Christopher Cain

Writer: Mark Lee (Screenplay) Robert Mark Kamen (Characters)

Starring: Pat Morita, Hilary Swank, Michael Ironside, Constance Towers, Chris Conrad


Plot: Mr. Miyagi is back and he takes a new pupil under his wing; a troubled adolescent girl.


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Verdict: For the Franchise Fans


Story: The Next Karate Kid starts as Mr Miyagi (Morita) is being involved in tribute to his fallen brothers in war, where he spends time with widow Louisa (Towers) of one of his best friends at war. Louisa is trying to raise her granddaughter Julie (Swank) after the death of her parents, but this is becoming difficult as Julie is becoming a rebellious teenager.

Mr Miyagi offers to take Julie under his wing hoping to offer her the discipline in life that she requires. The principal Col Dugan (Ironside) runs a strict regime on the students and soon clashes with Miyagi. Miyagi offers to teach Julie the art of karate to help her express the main she is feeling about her lost parents.


Thoughts on The Next Karate Kid


Characters – Mr Miyagi is remembering a lost friend from war, one of the first people he taught karate, now he takes his granddaughter under his wing to help her learn to express her pain from losing her parents, he uses karate passing on the discipline he had learnt through his life. Julie is the rebellious teenager that is filled with anger because of the death of her parents. Under Mr Miyagi she starts to learn karate to give her discipline in life. Colonel Dugan controls the students in the high school, he is strict pushing the students too far too often.

PerformancePat Morita is good giving us the same performance we have seen last time out, he doesn’t over play any part of his performance though. Hillary Swank is one of the big plus points in this movie, we know how far she went after this film and it shows us just what potential she had. Michael Ironside is always good as a villain because he is always that twisted when he plays these roles.

StoryThe story follows Mr Miyagi passing on his discipline to accept life a is comes and being prepared to defend yourself and stand up for yourself. While it is strange not having Daniel involved and we do fall into the idea that a young girl would be more interested in make-up, dancing and dresses, does feel degrading to what the film is meant to be teaching. Otherwise this does follow the same trends as the others which will keep the fans happy.

Action/Family/SportsWe don’t get much fighting in this film, sadly most of the high school fights are between boys not the one learning karate, it does feel like a family film again as it does have moments of humour too.

SettingsThe film does have new setting which changes the tone of the training too, it doesn’t have the streets smart feel to the setting being used.

Scene of the Movie – Learnt the kick.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too girly.

Tagline – It’s ancient wisdom against teenage spunk. 1,000 years of karate tradition is about to get a kick in the pants.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the films that you will only enjoy if you have enjoyed the previous three, it sends the same message but cuts down on the karate.


Overall: one of the all the fans to enjoy.




ABC Film Challenge – Action Movies – T – Tiger Raid (2016)

Director: Simon Dixon

Writer: Simon Dixon, Mick Donnellan, Gareth Coulam Evans (Screenplay)

Starring: Brian Gleeson, Damien Molony, Sofia Boutella, Rory Fleck Byrne


Plot: Two mercenaries ride a wave of pitch-black camaraderie as they travel through the desert night on their way to carry out a kidnapping in Iraq. As the raid progresses, their frenzied world turns in on itself as past misdeeds come to the surface, and violently threatening to tear them apart.


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Verdict: Dull, boring film


Story: Tiger Raid starts as we meet our two mercenaries Joe (Gleeson) and Paddy (Molony) in Iraq, they are on their first mission together which gives us well over 30 minutes of the men just talking shit to each other, the mission is a kidnapping of Shadha (Boutella).

We learn that both men have a past with this girl and this leads to the tension between the two men before we learn the complete truth of the job.


Thoughts on Tiger Raid


Characters/PerformanceJoe is the experienced soldier, he talks plenty of shit through the film which leads us to learn his true character and how far he has fallen into the war crimes. Paddy is the latest partner of Joe’s, there because of his criminal actions but soon becomes the voice of reason. Shadha is the target but she does have a connection to both men through previous acts.

Performance wise, I do feel both Brian and Damien struggle in the leading role because we need to want to watch every scene they are in but things just feel very slow between them. Sofia is fine but doesn’t become a major part of the film until the final third.

StoryThe story is two soldiers kidnap a woman in Iraq, we have the bonding process which is long, we have twists that don’t work and mostly we are left to wonder if anything is going to happen because the main performances just don’t make you care about anything.

Action/Crime/WarThe isn’t too much action and most of it is saved for the final act with the crime being mostly war crime and just not connecting the way it should.

SettingsWe are somewhere in Iraq for this movie but nothing much can be told as anything iconic in this film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very dull movie that is performed badly because we just don’t care what is going on.


Overall: Boring is the best word for this film.