Movies: The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid Part II, The Karate Kid Part III, The Next Karate Kid, The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid 2Characters: Daniel LaRusso, Mr. Miyagi, Johnny Lawrence, MOREDirectors: John G. Avildsen, Breck Eisner, Christopher Cain, Harald ZwartProduction companies: Columbia Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment, China Film Group Corporation
The Karate Kid screenwriter Mark Robert Kamen discussed how he fought to keep a heartwrenching scene in the final cut of the film.
The Karate Kid‘s most emotional scene almost didn’t make the final cut of the film.
Screenwriter Mark Robert Kamen, who penned the first film, discussed how he fought for the scene involving Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) mourning his late wife. “Columbia wanted to cut it out of the movie. And despite what he said later, Jerry Weintraub was all ready to cut it,” Kamen told Uproxx. “And I said, ‘This is the heart of the movie.’ John Avildsen and I felt that way.”