Variety - 06/18/1986
"...[The filmmakers have] played it smart by assembling all the major creative talents from the first entry..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/20/1986
"...KARATE KID II is a movie you can cheer for....The heart of the movie, of course, is Pat Morita, marvelous once again as Miyagi..."
Martial arts master Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) and his student Daniel (Ralph Macchio) return in director John G. Avildsen's sequel to the popular KARATE KID. After their triumphant victory, Daniel and Miyagi continue their training, focusing on the honor and discipline of karate and the deeper powers of meditation. When Miyagi receives news that his father is near death, he and Daniel take off to the island of Okinawa where Miyagi's family lives. Upon Miyagi's return to his homeland, he is reunited with his long-lost childhood love, Yukie (Nobu McCarthy). Despite their youthful love for one another, Yukie was forced to marry Miyagi's rival, Sato (Danny Kamekona), in an arranged marriage, causing Miyagi to flee Okinawa instead of fighting for the woman that he loved. Now his old rival is a powerful karate expert and a rich, embittered landowner who demands a final grudge match with the the wise and elderly Miyagi. As Sato threatens Miyagi and his family, his nephew, Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), is out to fight Daniel in a battle of young wills. Both teacher and student are forced to stand up to their rivals in an action-packed climax. The emotionally charged adventures of Daniel and Miyagi are set against the beauty and honor of old world Japan, instilling a rich sense of history into their mastery and understanding of the ancient art of karate. The rousing soundtrack includes the Oscar-winning hit, "Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera.
THE KARATE KID PART II continues Daniel's rites of passage as he's aided by his wise Japanese mentor, Miyagi. In this sequel, Daniel and Miyagi travel to Okinawa, Japan, and encounter adventures that concern Miyagi's past.
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